MASterworks Explorations: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library Master Plan: Phase 1

2022 Winner for Best Restoration

This fall, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our 2022 MASterworks Awards! We have curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects.

On Thursday, November 3rd, join MAS for an exploration of Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library which was awarded a 2022 Best Restoration MASterworks Award for Phase 1 of their Master Plan. Team members from the Brooklyn Public Library and Toshiko Mori Architect will provide attendees with a deep-dive into the design process behind this exciting restoration of this historic branch of the library system.

Phase 1 of the project is the single largest renovation and renovation in the branch’s 80-year history. In an exciting transformation, newly accessible spaces were introduced including a civic commons for community engagement, passport and city services, a ‘new and noteworthy’ book gallery with librarian-curated book titles, among other additions.

Learn more about the 2022 MASterworks winners and the full roster of programming here.

Thursday, November 3
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM

Brooklyn Public Library: Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Exact meeting location and directions to be provided upon RSVP

Nearest public transport: The 2,3, and 4 trains are all accessible at the Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum station. The B and Q trains are accessible at the 7th Avenue station. The B41 bus is accessible at the Flatbush Av/Grand Army Plaza stop.


  • Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library Master Plan: Phase 1 Project Team. Photo: Greg Richards.
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  • Central Library Major Owens Welcome Center / Image Credit: Greg Richards.
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  • Central Library New & Noteworthy Collection / Image Credit: Greg Richards.
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  • Central Library New & Noteworthy Collection / Image Credit: Greg Richards.
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  • Central Library Civic Commons Community Partner space / Image Credit: Greg Richards.
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  • Central Library Business & Career Center / Image Credit: Greg Richards.
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COVID Safety Guidelines:
This program is limited to 30 attendees. Masks are not required when the exploration brings attendees outside. When 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.

2022 MASterworks Jury:

Angel Ayón, Principal, AYON Studio
Debbie Millman, Host, Design Matters
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Senior Associate Adjaye Associates, Founder & Executive Director Beyond the Built Environment LLC
Tina Vaz, MAS Board of Directors and Head, Meta Open Arts
Sara Zewde, PLA, Principal, Studio Zewde; Assistant Professor of Practice, Harvard University.

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