Construction began earlier this week on the massive platform that will hold Hudson Yards and Jay Cross—the former Jets president who's overseeing the development—recently spoke to Bloomberg about what makes a great public space, and how the massive project exemplifies those traits in its planned 14 acres.
The inspiration? Classic open spaces, such as Trafalgar Square and Piazza San Marco, which goes back to what Cross calls Related's "sort of anti-postmodern theory" where bigger is better and "monumentality" isn't necessarily a cumbersome crutch. There's also Related's emphasis on "precincts," where the larger square is divided into specific sections, including a large, heavily landscaped garden, a grove of trees, the plaza itself, and a "monumental piece of art in the middle of it."
· "Developer Jay Cross on What Makes a Great Public Space" [Bloomberg]
· All Hudson Yards coverage [Curbed]