Yale Urban Design Workshop

The Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Research (YUDW) provides a forum for faculty and students from the School of Architecture and other professional schools at Yale to engage in the study of issues, ideas, and practical problems in the field of urban design. Since its founding in 1992, the YUDW has worked with communities across the state of Connecticut, providing planning and design assistance on projects ranging from comprehensive plans, economic development strategies, and community visions to the design of public spaces, streetscapes, and individual community facilities.

The YUDW’s clients include small towns, city neighborhoods, planning departments, Chambers of Commerce, community development corporations, citizen groups, and private developers. Recent and current projects include downtown and neighborhood plans for the Connecticut towns of West Haven, Woodbridge, Bridgeport, and Milford; the design of a low-income housing project in Bridgeport, Connecticut; and a study for the renovation of the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven. In late 2011 the YUDW issued the Fort Trumbull Vision, a blueprint for restarting development of the highly contested area of New London, Connecticut, that was the subject of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London. The YUDW completed work on a comprehensive plan for Fishers Island, NY, in 2014, and on a new plan to develop a Thames Heritage Park between Groton and New London, CT, in 2015.

In 2016 the YUDW began work on a major coastal resilience plan and the design of a pilot project in the South End of Bridgeport, Connecticut, as part of a team including New Orleans-based Waggonner & Ball Architects and Arcadis. The project was initially developed as a response to the federal “Rebuild by Design” competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which invited multidisciplinary teams to develop coastal resilience strategies in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Bridgeport was awarded $10 million for more detailed planning and to construct the pilot project.