At the National Design Awards Ceremony at the White House on September 20, Michelle Obama confessed that Barack really wanted to be an architectâ€”but he wasnâ€™t talented enough. This was recounted by Henk Ovink, senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, at the 4th Municipal Art Society (MAS) Summit, held October 17-18 in New York City. During the event, the themes of Innovation and Leadership heralded the upcoming New York mayoral election and the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.
The Summit is a testing ground for MASâ€™s current and future work, and there couldnâ€™t be a clearer indication that this institution has moved beyond the shadow of its most historic achievementâ€”the saving of Grand Central Terminalâ€”decades ago. MASâ€™s commitment to New York as a livable, globally-competitive city that is socially, economically, and environmentally resilientâ€”note that last watchwordâ€”is a hallmark of President Vin Cipollaâ€™s leadership. In more than 40 sessions over 2 days, here are some of the highlights of the Summit.