Hudson Yards: New York's Newest Neighborhood

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You'll learn about:

  • Creating flexible zoning that promotes development over the long term while addressing public policy goals

  • The challenges of developing a balanced mixture of uses from a programming, design and financial perspective

  • Creating a landscape plan that unifies a seemingly divergent set of uses in a neighborhood


American cities today are re-centering themselves on the mixed-use neighborhoods that attract and retain the talent that is the heart of the creative economy. But in spite of their popularity, planning successful new large-scale mixed-use centers poses significant challenges for both public planners and private developers. Public planners must weigh varied interests to develop regulatory frameworks that balance public certainty with future design flexibility. For private developers, finding the right combination of amenities to attract office workers, visitors and residents alike requires a deep and specific understanding of both the local community and the commercial real estate market. Using the Hudson Yards project as a case study, this presentation will focus on the public and private sector’s response to these challenges. The session will include an emphasis on the research-intensive approach to defining primary neighborhood attributes that are essential to the changing demographics in New York City – specifically, the growing presence of influential tech-savvy millennials.

Central to the development of this new neighborhood is the requirement that over 50% of the site be dedicated to public open space of a variety of different types. Reflecting a growing trend, the landscape design of the project has led the way in many instances by integrating the varied program of the development. The plan creates a singular common ground that unifies the site and the mixture of architectural styles deployed within the development. A variety of large and intimate spaces have been designed to act as adaptable social spaces while retaining the ability to accommodate a variety of world-class events. The infrastructure supporting the open space will be an engineering marvel as advanced technologies are implemented. This process will ensure a sustainable contemporary design that creates a green corridor stitching together the adjacent High Line and Hudson Park and Boulevard while creating an iconic and forward-looking landscape for Hudson Yards.

After over a decade in the making, this project is now under construction with the entire first phase to open in the fall of 2018. 

Not since Rockefeller Center, has a project been planned and developed with the scale and ambition of Hudson Yards. This project promises to have a lasting impact not only on New York City, but given its scale, on national urban planning for decades to come. 

The session includes presentations and a panel discussion from a NYC Planner, the private real estate developer implementing the plan and the landscape architect designing the significant public spaces that are the central element of the plan.