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High Line spur, LinkNYC among city’s most important new public projects

The city has unveiled the winners of this year’s Excellence in Design award

Mayor de Blasio has announced the winners of the 34th annual Excellence in Design award, a recognition that honors projects across the five boroughs on city-owned land that exemplify innovative and thoughtful design that can engender a sense of civic pride. At that, the city’s Design Commission have bestowed recognition on 12 of the city’s starchitect-designed public infrastructure projects, as well as things like less-flashy but equally-important upgrades to parks and the streetscape.

“The winners of this year’s Excellence in Design Awards highlight NYC’s dedication to providing a wide range of design and public spaces that speak to the modern day New Yorker and meet the needs of a large, active and diverse city,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.“Today, we are here to honor and to celebrate the work of these innovators, who have invested in creating inclusive public projects across the five boroughs.”

Each honoree is first nominated by a city agency before the Public Design Commission, a group of architects, designers and lay people who contribute work pro bono, whittles the group down into the final honorees. See this year’s honorees below.