NYU CUSP, Related & Oxford Team to Create First ‘Quantified Community’ in U.S. at Hudson Yards

New York City’s Hudson Yards developers have joined forces with New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress to make Hudson Yards the first Quantified Community in the country.

Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

Jay Cross, Related Cos.

Jay Cross, Related Hudson Yards

New York City’s Hudson Yards development is attracting attention for something beyond its 17 million-square-foot size, its $15 billion price tag and its goal of single-handedly transforming the entire west side of Manhattan. The project’s developers, Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group, have joined forces with New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress to make Hudson Yards the first Quantified Community in the country.

It’s as progressive as it sounds. As CUSP describes it, the Quantified Community will be a fully-instrumented urban neighborhood that will measure and analyze physical and environmental attributes, providing the tenants in Hudson Yards’ 10 million square feet of office space and 500 residential units, as well as the project’s owners, with an interactive, data-driven experience. In essence, the Quantified Community will serve as a high-tech assessor of greenness. It will generate data that will measure and ultimately promote the operational efficiencies and quality of life at Hudson Yards, and serve as an archetype for greater New York City and, eventually, metropolitan destinations around the globe.

“Hudson Yards will be far more than a collection of tall towers and open space,” Jay Cross, president of Related Hudson Yards, told Commercial Property Executive. “At this site, we have the opportunity to build an entirely new neighborhood from scratch and we are looking at every facet of the project to ensure it will be a model for the 21st Century urban experience–an unprecedented integration of buildings, streets, parks, utilities and public spaces that will combine to form the most connected, clean, reliable, efficient and responsive neighborhood ever.”

The specifics of the Quantified Community are still being finalized, but they could include: the measuring, modeling and predicting of pedestrian flows through traffic points, open space and retail space; the gauging of air quality inside buildings and across open spaces; the measuring and benchmarking of solid waste; and the measuring and modeling of energy production and usage. And on a more personal, interactive level, the community could allow for the measurement of residents and tenants’ health and activity levels via mobile application.

As Cross asserts in a press release, “Hudson Yards will be the most connected, measured and technologically advanced digital district in the nation.”