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Queens scores at city design awards

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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:06 pm, Thu Jun 30, 2011.

Among the 11 winners of the city’s 29th annual Awards for Excellence in Design on Monday, three projects are located in Queens.

The awards, bestowed by the Public Design Commission at a ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, have lauded exceptional public projects on city-owned property since 1982.

In Queens, the Museum of the Moving Image which recently completed renovations by Leeser Architecture was recognized for its groundbreaking design. The yet to be completed Hunter’s Point Library in Long Island City designed by Steven Holl Architects also received an award. Rounding out the list of Queens favorites was the reconstruction of Harper Street Yard near Willets Point. The work includes the creation of a diesel monitoring booth and is a joint Department of Transportation and Department of Design and Construction project by nArchitects.

The awardees were selected by a pro bono panel, including an architect, landscape architect, painter and sculptor as well as representatives from the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.

“As new public construction projects go up throughout the five boroughs, we have an opportunity to add innovative elements to the landscape of our city and we make the most of it,” said Mayor Bloomberg in a statement. “These 11 projects in all five boroughs showcase how public projects can help enhance our city physically while adding to its cultural, civic and recreational life.”

The borough matched Manhattan in the number of projects recognized and beat out Staten Island and the Bronx, which each had one project recognized, and Brooklyn, which had two. The winning projects were selected from hundreds of submissions across the city.

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