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New York City was amply represented during last night's National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The Landscape Design award went to PWP Landscape Architecture, the firm that won the World Trade Center Memorial design competition (with Michael Arad). PWP Principal Peter Walker thanked Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki and described the last four years as "difficult," presumably for the number of redesigns and challenges with moving the project forward, but he didn't expand. Field Operations, of High Line fame, and Ken Smith, who designed MoMA's fake garden, the PS 19 schoolyard, the East River Waterfront project and decorated the Cooper-Hewitt during last year's Triennial, were honored as finalists.

2006_12_mcinerney.jpg2006_12_messud.jpgPaul Simon presented the Communications Design Award to Chip Kidd for his innovative book jackets (and his sense of humor doesn't hurt). In his acceptance speech, the Alfred A. Knopf veteran said that books aren't going away anytime soon and how he felt like "Lou Gehrig without the disease." Pentagram partner Paula Scher also was honored as a Communications finalist.

Architects, of course, were well-represented. The Design Mind Award went to Philadelphia-based architects Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, who worked on the Whitehall Ferry Terminal. Venturi was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1991. Ten Arquitectos principal Enrique Norten of One York St. (the downtown condo building with private, indoor automated parking) was honored as a finalist in Architecture.

The Interior Design Award went to Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis for their innumerable projects, including Fluff, Tides and Xing restaurants. Finalists included David Rockwell, whose firm designed the JetBlue terminal at JFK, Nobu and Broadway productions Hairspray and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Tsao & McKown Architects, the firm that designed the Tribeca Grand Hotel and the Wall Street Cipriani Club and Residences.

Photograph of Ken Smith's "Wallflowers" outside the Cooper-Hewitt by Peter Mauss/Esto

Update: We left out Brooklyn's Floating Pool, a finalist for the People's Design Award. We don't know how that's possible either. Kudos to Curbed.