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The 27th Annual Excellence in Design Awards

Slideshow by Matt Chaban

Since 1982, the Public Art Commission (now known as the Public Design Commmission) has handed out awards to the best designed public projects in the city. This year represents work from all five boroughs with a particular emphasis on sustainability, as the city's PlaNYC is having an increasing impact on the character and caliber of public design.

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Bronx River Greenway

The Bronx River Greenway is designed by the state DOT in-house design team, WSP Sells and the RBA Group and located along the Fairmont-Claremont Village, West Farms, and Park Versailles neighborhoods in the Bronx.

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Bronx River Greenway

A detail of how the greenway will transform under-utilized spaces along the river into new public parks.

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Bronx River Greenway

A major focus of the project is sewing together communities on each side of the Bronx River through a series of new, artfully designed bridges.

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EMS Station 3

EMS Station 3 is designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects and SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE and located in Castle Hill, the Bronx.

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EMS Station 3

The architects chose a striking form for a greatly expanded emergency response center better designed to respond to problems in the surrounding community. Because of neighboring high-rises, a "fifth" facade was created in the form of a pleasing green roof.

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Croton Water Treatment Plant

The Croton Water Treatment Plant is designed by Grimshaw, Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Great Ecology & Environments, Rana Creek and located in Van Cortdlant Park, the Bronx.

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Croton Water Treatment Plant

A massive water treatment facility is hidden beneath the city's largest green roof, which happens to double as a fully operational driving range. Read more here.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center is designed by Weiss/Manfredi and located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

The new visitor center is aiming for LEED Gold and will be a catalyst for the garden's plans for a sustainable future.

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Bushwick Inlet Park

Bushwick Inlet Park is designed by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners and located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Bushwick Inlet Park

The first phase of a planned 28-acre waterfront park, this project will house headquarters for parks staff and maintenance facilities with an occupiable green roof, a regulation soccer field, and a natural habit along the water.

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Inside Out

"Inside Out" by artist Richard Artschwager is located at the Riverside Health Center ion the Upper West Side, Manhattan

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Inside Out

Noting that the building needed "cheering up," Artshwager tiled over the interior and exterior of one of the stairwells in terra cotta tile, with the intended goal of bringing life to the building for occupants and passersby as well as encouraging people to take the stairs.

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The Opposite of a Duck

"The Opposite of a Duck" by artist Janet Zweig is located at the Glen Oaks Community Library in Glen Oaks, Queens.

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The Opposite of a Duck

After conferring with philosophers from around the world via the Internet, Zweig created a list of hundreds of unanswerable questions that snake along a string of LEDs installed on the ceiling of the library.

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Shapes

"Shapes" by artist Allan McCollum is located at the Elmhurst Community Library in Elmhurst, Queens.

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Shapes

McCollum has been working with his "shapes" since 1987, combining 300 unique pieces to stand in for the billions of people that will populate the planet around the middle of the century--at which point the artists predicts humanity will peak.

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Shapes

Here, McCollum has installed 1,000 of these shapes on the wall of the reading room.

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Mariners Harbor Library

The Mariners Harbor Library is designed by Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani and located in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island.

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Mariners Harbor Library

The building is meant to evoke a freshly shucked oyster, with a hard exterior and a glistening, mother-of-pearl interior.

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Staten Island Court Complex

The Staten Island Court Complex is designed by Polshek Partnership and located in St. George, Staten Island.

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Staten Island Court Complex

The new court complex will modernize judicial operations on Staten Island, asserting the power of the courts while carefully integrating into the surrounding neighborhood fabric.

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