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MAS Announces 2010 MASterworks Awards Winners

MAS would like to congratulate the winners of the 2010 MASterworks Awards. This year, the award recipients include Thom Mayne’s 41 Cooper Square as Best New Building, the Empire State Building Lobby Restoration as Best Historical Restoration, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as Best Redesign, Reef, at Storefront for Art and Architecture as Best Storefront Design, and The High Line, The Concrete Plant Park, and West Harlem Piers Park all as Neighborhood Catalyst.

Organized annually by The Municipal Art Society (MAS) and sponsored by international banking and investment group Helaba, Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, the MASterworks Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urban design completed within the last year across New York City. The 2010 Awards will be presented at a ceremony this fall.

“The winners this year prove that buildings, parks, and artistic installations are equally masterful in bringing architecture and urban design to new heights,” said MAS President Vin Cipolla. “We are continually impressed and delighted by how our urban environment is enhanced every year by visionary people with extraordinary ideas.”

“The 2010 MASterworks winners demonstrate that creativity, innovation and community pride are alive and well in New York City. We encourage architects, developers, artists, and citizens alike to strive for a more livable city every day,” said MAS Chairman David Childs.

Nominations were reviewed by a distinguished committee that included: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and founding principal of urban design firm VCDC; Thomas Woltz, principal in the landscape architecture firm Nelson, Byrd, Woltz; Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University, and principal at Toshiko Mori Architect; and Alan Suna, developer and CEO, Silvercup Studios.