Amanda Burden Awarded Top Planning Honor

Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission, has long been a supporter of the High Line– she sheparded through the 2005 West Chelsea Rezoning which allowed its preservation. And excellence and hard work was recognized recently.

On Monday evening at the 2008 National Planning Conference in Las Vegas, Amanda was inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows. Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the AICP bestows upon a member. Induction recognizes planners who’ve made “exceptional contributions to the planning profession.”

And Amanda has certainly made an exceptional contribution: Since her appointment by Mayor Bloomberg in 2002, she has led the largest planning effort in the city since the mid-twentieth century. Transforming visions– such as the High Line– into reality, Amanda is setting the stage for sensible, smart development, reclaiming waterfront and ex-industrial space, designing new parkland and public spaces such as the High Line, and promoting great architecture and urban design in all five boroughs.

Read the APA’s Announcement

Earlier: Awards Sweep for High Line Champion Amanda Burden

 

Awards Sweep for High Line Champion Amanda Burden

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It’s award season for Amanda Burden, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission  — and one of the High Line’s earliest, most passionate champions.  Earlier in February, we saw her glide up to the podium to accept a New York City Cititzens Committee award, presented by Charlie Rose (right photo, and check out New York Social Diary’s coverage).  And last week, at at Travel + Leisure’s Design Awards 2008, Nancy Novogrod (T+L editor-in-chief and High Line supporter) presented Amanda with the mag’s Design Champion award.  T+L ran a full-page photo (above, left) of Amanda on the High Line’s spectacular rail yards section (this part of the High Line still needs some saving — go to our Rail Yards Blog for more info.)  

 We’re happy to see Amanda recognized for her work.  Back when the Giuliani administration wanted to tear the High Line down, Amanda, then a member of the Planning Commission, testified personally about the need to save the structure at our first City Council hearing.  Then, when Mayor Bloomberg appointed her as Chair of the Planning Commission, Amanda oversaw the rezoning of West Chelsea, which included many provisions  that made the High Line’s preservation and transformation possible.