On Design Excellence: Thomas Balsley, Scott Marble, Charles McKinney, David Resnick, and Jennifer Sage, with Julie Iovine

Design Excellence at the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Parks and Recreation
Thomas Balsley, Scott Marble, Charles McKinney, David Resnick, and Jennifer Sage, moderated by Julie Iovine
Recorded: May 17, 2010

The Design + Construction Excellence program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of pursuing an “innovative and ambitious public works program in partnership with the most creative and experienced design professionals in the world.” As outlined by the city’s Department of Design and Construction, strategies for achieving this goal focused on “new procurement methods, new business policies aimed at enhancing project management, developing more accurate project scheduling guidelines, tightening the budget process and creating contemporary continuing education and evaluation standards.”

This panel discussion focuses on how the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Parks & Recreation have implemented the “tools” created by the Design + Construction Excellence program—in projects that are completed, in construction, or in design in all five boroughs. How has a policy of emphasizing design quality influenced the planning for, commissioning of, and shape of public architecture during the past six years?

Panelists:
Charles McKinney, Principal Urban Designer, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
David Resnick, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction
Thomas Balsley, Founder and Principal Designer, Thomas Balsley Associates
Scott Marble, Founding Partner, Marble Fairbanks
Jennifer Sage, Founding Partner, Sage & Coombe Architects

Moderator:
Julie Iovine, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper