Care for Hudson Square
During the summer of 2020, we joined forces with Hudson Square Properties and Hudson Square BID to launch Care for Hudson Square, a recovery initiative to reactivate the public realm with a site-specific installation.
Urban Design Forum invited proposals to strategize using the streetscape as a site for cultural reawakening after months of social isolation. After a two-round design competition that invited small and M/WBE firms based in New York City, three teams–WIP Collaborative, Taller KEN, and Dash Marshall with Public Policy Lab–proposed vibrant and community-centered designs to reimagine a placemaking installation on one of three sites: King Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets; Sixth Avenue (“Little Sixth Avenue”) between Spring and Broome Streets, and a Privately-Owned Public Space adjacent to 375 Hudson Street.
The competition’s finalists and winner were selected by an interdisciplinary jury from the Urban Design Forum’s network of fellows and judged proposals based on physical presence, evolving public health guidance, and inclusive design.
The winning proposal – Restorative Ground by WIP Collaborative – is an installation that acts as a new destination in Hudson Square, a place for a range of experiences, activities and interactions to occur between residents, community members, and the broader public.
See photos of Restorative Ground below and check out the installation in person located on King Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets and will be in Hudson Square.