Urban Design

Rebuild By Design: Resilient Bridgeport

In 2013, the federal Rebuild By Design competition was announced to garner new ideas to deal with the devastating effects of hurricanes such as Sandy. With the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a multidisciplinary team was selected the following year to work with the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, including New Orleans-based Waggonner & Ball Architecture/Environment, the Yale Urban Design Workshop, and the Dutch engineering firm Arcadis.

Sustaining Fishers Island


The Yale Urban Design Workshop was commissioned by the Fishers Island Community Board to develop a plan that could identify and address the pressing concerns of this unusual island community.  Fishers Island is part of Southold, New York, on the north fork of Long Island, but is geographically remote from it in most ways - connected instead primarily to New London, Connecticut.

Thames River Heritage Park Plan


The Thames River Heritage Park Plan, prepared by the Yale Urban Design Workshop in 2015, presents a new, innovative, streamlined strategy to establish Connecticut’s first state heritage park. Now being developed in the Thames River estuary, the park was first envisioned by planners more than 50 years ago to celebrate the rich historical and contemporary engagement between Groton, New London and the Thames River. Today plans for the park are moving forward with community support and enthusiasm, and with the YUDW plan providing the blueprint.

Jordan River Peace Park

Late in 2007, the Yale Urban Design Workshop (YUDW), a community design center affiliated with the Yale School of Architecture, was invited by Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) to conduct an international design charrette to develop a master plan for a proposed 1200-acre Peace Park, on a historic site at the confluence of the Yarmouk and Jordan Rivers, just south of the Sea of Galilee.  The site straddles the border between Jordan and Israel, and is partly occupied by the ruins of the former Palestine Electric Company, an early example of regional cooperation, and well a collection o

East Harlem Media City

This project for a “superblock” redevelopment of two blocks in East Harlem at the foot of the Triborough Bridge was an RFP response prepared by the YUDW as lead designers for a team including Breslin Realty and KPF Architects, and submitted to the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The project derives its agenda from the superimposition of several intense new uses which, layered and woven together, create a powerful urban character and image providing both a beacon and anchor for the eastern end of the 125th Street corridor.

Fort Trumbull Vision

In 2010, the Yale Urban Design Workshop was commissioned by the New London City council to develop a new plan for the Fort Trumbull section of the City. Fort Trumbull was the subject of the landmark 2005 Kelo vs. New London Supreme Court ruling which asserted municipalities rights to take private land by eminent domain for economic development purposes. The redevelopment effort that lead to the supreme court case left the community fragmented and scarred by the process.

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