On June 10, we held the first of two debates on Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development project in the nation.

The Bloomberg administration first reimagined Manhattan’s West Side rail yards as the heart of New York’s failed Olympic bid. Many of the ideas generated then–including the 7 subway line extension and string of public parks–formed the basis for a rezoning in 2005. In 2008, Related Companies and Oxford Properties advanced an ambitious proposal to build a new neighborhood with 8 million square feet of office space, 4,000 apartments, 15 acres of open space, as well as restaurants, retail, and cultural institutions.

Over the last decade, Hudson Yards has attracted considerable public investment, private financing, and critical scrutiny. As the dust settles on the first phase of development, we convene prominent actors throughout the project’s history to debate the planning and program of the neighborhood.

Jay Cross, Justin Davidson, Dan Doctoroff, Bridget Fisher, Meredith Kane and Lynne Sagalyn debated: Did the 2005 rezoning and 2007 request for proposals shape a mixed-use development that broadly benefits New York City?


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Hudson Yards: Design & Development ↓

Stay tuned for our second debate this fall: Is the design of Hudson Yards a positive model for large-scale development in cities around the world? Schedule and speakers to be announced.


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders in an off-the-record setting. Forum events are available exclusively to Fellows of the Forum. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of KPF, Rose Associates, SOHO China, Hines, Hudson Yards – Related and Oxford Properties, our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

Shape our inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Private Development, Public Good ↓

The Hudson Yards Debates are part of our Private Development & Public Good program, a conversation series with civic leaders leading major urban projects. How are cities around the world leveraging private development to build new neighborhoods, public spaces, transit networks and social housing?


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