MASterworks Conversations: Neighborhoods Now

Bedford-Stuyvesant Initiative Specially Recognized by the 2021 MASterworks Awards

This fall, as a part of Archtober and NYCxDESIGN, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2021 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Wednesday, November 17, 1:00-2:00 PM, join MAS for a virtual panel discussion with team members from Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, which received special recognition from the 2021 MASterworks Jury for excellence in community-engaged co-design. Collaborators James von Klemperer of KPF, Dyrnest Sinckler of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Matt Grunbaum of James Corner Field Operations, and Farzana Gandhi of Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, will join in a conversation moderated by MASterworks Awards Jury Member, Calvin Tsao.

The program will examine this Bedford-Stuyvesant initiative, developed by the Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum to address challenges within the neighborhood caused by COVID-19 and social inequity. Hear how the team developed design recommendations, prototypes, and installations tailor-made for the Bed-Stuy community to contribute to safe, equitable, and vibrant public spaces, furthering ongoing initiatives established by Restoration, a longtime community organization.

Learn more about the 2021 MASterworks winners and the full roster of programming here.

Wednesday, November 17
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Tickets:
Free!

  • SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Visualization Study – Concept envisioning of graphic wayfinding and living decals for social distancing and navigating to community services. Illustration: Restoration Team (KPF, Field Operations, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, AE Superlab, JB&B).
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  • Visualization Study – Concept envisioning of community sharing of unused spaces with businesses in the community as part of the ‘Be a Good Neighbor’ program. Illustration: Restoration Team (KPF, Field Operations, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, AE Superlab, JB&B).
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  • Painting square framework for murals during community build day. Illustration: Restoration Team (KPF, Field Operations, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, AE Superlab, JB&B).
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  • Living Decals – Installation of planter barriers generously donated by Blondie’s Treehouse. Photo: Cameron Blaylock.
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  • Spatial planning and air purifiers implemented throughout Restoration Photo: Restoration Team (KPF, Field Operations, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, AE Superlab, JB&B).
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About the MASterworks Awards:

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.

2021 MASterworks Jury:

Justin Davidson | Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine
Lisa Switkin, FAAR, ASLA | Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations
Calvin Tsao, FAIA, FAAR | Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects & MAS Board of Directors
Weston Walker, AIA, LEED AP | Design Principal and Partner, Studio Gang
Vicki Weiner | Adjunct Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute

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