High-density mixed-use buildings have become the development standard as the United States population continues to consolidate in urban centers. Without careful design from the entire project team, urban residential towers can isolate residents, become a burden on communities, and increase stress on the natural environment. Driven by an influx of population due to its proximity to New York City, perhaps no region is seeing the impact of this type of development more than the communities that line the western bank of the lower Hudson River. Downtown Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weehawken have grown by up to 22% in the last decade according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
By serving as a consultant on over 35 projects in these communities, the landscape architect has created a program of development guidelines that can be implemented across a variety of projects. In its purest form, urban residential development should satisfy three basic goals: serve the residents, serve the community, and serve the natural environment.
To demonstrate the success of these development guidelines, the landscape architect has chosen three of their completed projects where this three-faceted ethos has been implemented:
- The Estuary – Weehawken
- 50-90 Columbus – Jersey City
- 1400 Hudson Tea – Hoboken