The YUDW’s ongoing collaboration with the Dwight Neighborhood began in 1992 with the development of a comprehensive neighborhood plan, assembled in conjunction with the Dwight Central Management Team. Since then, the plan’s implementation has resulted in a number of significant projects, including the Greater Dwight Daycare Center & GDDC offices, completed in conjunction with Thompson Edwards Architects in 2007.
In 2007, The Farrel Corporation, a major industrial landowner in Ansonia, commissioned the UDW to revisit the plan and develop a mixed use proposal for a portion of their downtown manufacturing campus which was becoming vacant. The scheme proposed residential loft conversions within the existing manufacturing buildings, new commercial space arranged around a new public plaza, a vertical garden connecting Main Street to Canal Street, and underground parking to serve the development.
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.
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.