MASterworks Explorations: Battery Playscape

2023 Winner for Best Urban Landscape

This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2023 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Thursday, October 26 from 10-11 AM, join MAS for a visit to the Battery Playscape, 2023 MASterworks winner for Best New Urban Landscape. Led by team members from BKSK Architects and Starr Whitehouse, the design teams behind the project, attendees will receive an exclusive look into how the innovative play area came to be. Representing their teams, Jeffrey Poor from Starr Whitehouse and Joan Krevlin and Harpreet Dhaliwal from BKSK will lead the exploration.

Located on the Battery, the play area is a dynamic confluence of water and land. Conceived after Hurricane Sandy, it responds to the site’s past and future flooding by telling the story of resilience, interwoven with play. Read more about the project here.

Capacity is limited, so RSVP today!

Thursday, October 26
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Battery Playscape
20 State St
New York, NY 10004

Nearest public transport: Subway options include, 4/5 trains at Bowling Green, the 1 train at South Ferry, and the N/R/W trains at Whitehall St-South Ferry. M20, M55, and Downtown Connection buses are available at the State St & State St stop. There is a Citibike station at Bus Slip & State St.


Battery Playscape. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy | ESTO.

COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. Masks are not required for outdoor MASterworks Explorations. Should the group ventures indoors, masks may be required, so please be prepared to have one with you.

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.

Read more about the MASterworks Awards here.

2023 MASterworks Jury:

Wellington Chen, Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership
Wendy Evans Joseph, MAS Board of Directors and Studio Joseph
Signe Nielsen, Founding Principal, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA)
Aniket Shahane, Principal, Office of Architecture (OA) and Senior Critic, Yale University School of Architecture

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