The 23rd Brendan Gill Prize was awarded to Michael Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, by the Municipal Art Society of New York.
Recently opened to the public, Piers One and Six of the Brooklyn Bridge Park provide a variety of programming including a playground with a variety of swinging experiences and water features, marsh gardens and wetland areas, open lawns for passive recreation and large-scale events, and a kayak launch site. Piers Two through Five will be opened to the public in stages over the next several years, and will include a range of spaces for natural and recreational programming.
Created in 1987, the prize honors Brendan Gill, long-time MAS trustee, renowned New Yorker theater critic, author, and architectural preservationist. The cash prize, funded by a permanent endowment, is awarded annually to the creator of a work of art, book, sculpture, film, musical composition, or architectural design, accomplished the previous year, that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.