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We Build the City: New York City's Design + Construction Excellence Program Paperback – February 1, 2014
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We Build The City features a selection of the exemplary infrastructure, public realm and civic building projects developed during New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's administration under Commissioner David Burney's groundbreaking Department of Design + Construction Excellence (D+CE) program.
About the Author
Jayne Merkel is an architectural historian, critic, and the author of the acclaimed monograph, Eero Saarinen (New York and London: Phaidon Press, 2005). She is Book Review Editor of Architectural Record magazine, an occasional contributor to The New York Times, a member of the Advisory Board of the Architect's Newspaper, all in New York, and a New York-based Contributing Editor of AD (Architectural Design) in London. Her script for the 2006 documentary film, "The Gateway Arch, A Reflection of America" received an Emmy in 2007. She is a former editor of Oculus magazine in New York and a former Architecture Critic of The Cincinnati
Enquirer. Her writing has appeared in Architecture, Art in America, Artforum, Connoisseur, Design Book Review, Harvard Design Magazine, Progressive Architecture, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Wilson Quarterly. She directed the Graduate Program in Architecture and Design Criticism at Parsons School of Design/The New School for Social Research in New York, taught writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati, and taught art history at the Rhode Island School of Design, Miami University of Ohio, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She worked as a curator at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Taft Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Art and has organized numerous exhibitions.