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MAS Announces 2012 MASterworks Winners

8 spruceMAS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 MASterworks Awards. New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street (Gehry & Partners for Forest City Ratner) has won the top honor, “Best New Building,” while “Best Restoration” goes to New York City Center (Ennead Architects). “Best Neighborhood Catalyst” awards were given to the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (Cooper, Robertson & Partners) and the Queens Central Library: Children’s Library Discovery Center (1100 Architect), with an honorable mention going to El Museo Del Barrio (Gruzen Samton). A new category, “Best New Urban Amenity,” was created for Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Presented annually by MAS, the MASterworks Awards recognize excellence in architecture and urban design projects completed within the last year that make a significant contribution to New York’s built environment. The MASterworks winners will be feted at a reception at the MAS Summit for New York City on October 18th. A wide-ranging pool of nominees made for a rigorous evaluation process for this year’s jury, which comprised architects Brandon Haw (Foster + Partners), Claire Weisz (WXY Architecture + Urban Design) and Adam Yarinsky (Architecture Research Office), journalist Suzanne Stephens (Architectural Record); and MAS president Vin Cipolla. Said Municipal Art Society President Vin Cipolla, “From a carousel in Brooklyn to a cultural landmark in midtown to a school in East Harlem, the 2012 MASterworks winners are design assets to our city that contribute greatly to the urban landscape. MAS congratulates all of the winning design teams for their visionary ideas and commitment to excellence, and we thank them for enhancing New York City, one building at a time.”
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