Sylvia Harris Award

Sylvia Harris

Sylvia Harris (1953-2011)

By David Gibson, published on

Recognized for an unerring commitment to using design to improve the civic experience and for influencing a generation of designers as a teacher and mentor.

Sylvia Harris (Deceased)
Two Twelve
New York

"The Truth is Local" Experiential Storefronts

Honor Award 2020
Sylvia Harris Award 2020
"The Truth is Local" Experiential Storefronts

As the local journalism crisis deepens, with thousands of local news outlets shuttering across the country, The New York Times has renewed its focus on covering their own home base. The Times has a rich tradition of reporting in New York, but because of the publication’s political and international coverage, many New Yorkers don’t think of it as a local news source.  

We Build the ___________ City

Sylvia Harris Award 2014
We Build the ___________ City

Civic construction work—generally maligned while in progress, and taken for granted once finished—rarely receives the recognition it deserves for providing the necessary foundation for a thriving city. In 2013, the New York City Department of Design and Construction participated in the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival, and wanted to communicate the benefits of its work directly to the public. The DDC’s Office of Creative Services conceived of a “Civic Values Walking Tour” of a variety of DDC projects within the immediate vicinity of the New Museum.

New York City Department of Design and Construction, Office of Creative Services
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