New York City continues to double down on its investment in public projects that combine utility with good design. Today, the Department of Design and Construction released its list of the 26 architects chosen to participate in the next iteration of its Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 initiative.

What this means: The firms on the list—including Studio Gang, Marvel Architects, Weiss/Manfredi, and Dattner Architects—will have “exclusive rights until 2019 to respond to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for design services for DDC projects where construction costs are projected to be $50 million or under,” per a press release.

The initiative was first put into place by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2005, with the goal of “reinvigorating the built environment” of New York, as he put it in a pamphlet from the program’s fifth year. In the decade since, its existence has led to the creation or renovation of public structures like the DSNY Salt Shed, designed by Dattner Architects; the SIMS Municipal Recycling Facility in Brooklyn, designed by Selldorf Architects; and the under-construction Hunters Point Community Library in Queens, designed by Steven Holl Architects.

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