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Archive for August, 2011

Help MAS Guarantee the Future of Tribute in Light

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As New York prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, MAS is once again setting up for its presentation of Tribute in Light. The majestic beams of light will illuminate the Lower Manhattan sky beginning at dusk on Sunday, September 11, and fading with the dawn on Monday.

MAS first presented Tribute in Light on March 11, 2002, six months after the World Trade Center attacks. Considered by many to be one of the most powerful and healing works of public art ever conceived, it was co-founded by MAS and Creative Time, and is now presented annually by MAS.

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MAS and Landmarks Preservation Commission to Release Green Manual

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As part of our ongoing campaign on preservation and climate change, MAS is teaming up with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to produce a guide on how to improve the energy efficiency of small landmark buildings. The guide will provide straightforward action steps that property owners can take to improve the efficiency of historic buildings while preserving their historic character. From changing light bulbs to installing solar panels, the manual will provide guidance on reducing energy usage and saving money. New York City and State have a wealth of financial incentives and technical assistance for property owners, and through compiling all of these resources on one place, the guide will make it easier to take advantage of these programs.

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After Long Road, St. Vincent’s Begins Public Review

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On Monday, August 22, the St. Vincent’s Redevelopment Project entered the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), the process through which development projects are reviewed by the local Community Board, the Borough President, City Planning Commission, and the City Council.

Located in the West Village, the site is divided into three sections: the O’Toole Building, the Triangle Site and the East Site. The site’s nine buildings, built from the 1920s to the 1980s, are all located within the Greenwich Village Historic District. All of the buildings, except for O’Toole, were built by St. Vincent’s for use as a hospital, research or residences for employees. The O’Toole Building was originally built for the National Maritime Union of America, but was repurposed by St. Vincent’s for medical purposes.

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MAS Announces 2011 MASterworks Awards Winners

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MAS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 MASterworks Awards. This year, the award recipients include the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE, and Foster + Partners’ (with Adamson Associates, architect of record)  Sperone Westwater Gallery at 257 Bowery, which tied for Best New Building; Queens Theater in the Park for Best Restoration; Myrtle Hall at Pratt for Best Neighborhood Catalyst, with an honorable mention to the Whitlock Avenue Subway Station; and the High Performance Landscape Guidelines for Best Green Design Initiative.

Organized annually by MAS, the MASterworks Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urban design completed within the last year across New York City.

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Architecture Beyond Sight

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This October is the ninth annual Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, founded by Art Education for the Blind (AEB). The mission of AEB is to make art, art history, and visual culture accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Since AEB’s founding in 1987, it has worked with museums across the nation and around the world.

Art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo, a longtime MAS tour leader, suggested applying what she had learned at MoMA and the Guggenheim to walking tours. We thought it was an excellent idea, especially since the best of architecture and design has more than eye appeal.

Our intended audience includes both the visually impaired and those who would like to explore architectural experiences in the realm of the other senses. Come along to the whispering gallery at Grand Central Terminal, the cascading waters of the September 11 Memorial, the stonework and sod of the Irish Hunger Memorial and much more.

Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m. – Beyond Sight: Grand Central Terminal

Sunday, October 30, Noon – Beyond Sight: The September 11 & Irish Hunger Memorials