Few projects come along in ones lifetime that are truly game changers. In New York two such projects come to mind: The redevelopment of Ground Zero and Hudson Yards. Whilst Ground Zero has failed to deliver on its inspirational and aspirational promise, Hudson Yards has so far lived up to its vision. When completed in 2025, the 26-acre mixed-use development project will redefine New York’s Far West Side and set the tone for future large scale development projects of its type in New York and beyond. While all eyes are on Hudson Yards, the construction site, the best place to see the project up close and personal is at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village where, for the next two months, the public can take in an exhibition on the project and hear from the many players bringing it to fruition.
Running now through 30 June, Design (in) The New Heart of New York details the making of Hudson Yards. An exhibition at the Center for Architecture’s breakthrough galleries puts on view never-seen-before elements of the design process and the evolution of this unprecedented project.
Complimenting the exhibition is an eight week speaker series featuring the key players involved in the project including David Childs, FAIA, of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Liz Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Howard Elkus, FAIA, RIBA, of Elkus Manfredi Architects; David Rockwell, AIA or the Rockwell Group; and Thomas Woltz of Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects. As part of the series, Bill Pederson will present his designs for the two anchor towers at the project and speak of the overall vision and planning process behind Hudson Yards. More details can be found at www.aiany.org.