Event Recap: Challenges and Opportunities of Designing and Building in Jersey City
July 3, 2018
This past week, 99 Hudson hosted its first architecture and design-focused panel event. Moderated by Zach Edelson, digital editor of Metropolis, the discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities of designing and building in Jersey City. Panelists included Ming Wu, design principal of Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm behind 99 Hudson and Matthias Hollwich, principal and co-founder of New York architecture firm HWKN, the firm behind Journal Squared. The event was held at the 99 Hudson sales gallery. From Left: Moderator – Zach Edelson, Panelists – Ming Wu of Perkins Eastman and Matthias Hollwich of HWKN Views of the Manhattan skyline from the 99 Hudson sales gallery during the event Views of 99 Hudson construction progress from the sales gallery To commence, both architects briefly presented their current and future projects, including projects both in Jersey City, as well as Manhattan and beyond. The panelists then discussed their take on building in Jersey City vs. Manhattan. All in all, both architects felt strongly about the progression of the area and felt positive about the city’s continued growth. Mr. Wu spoke about how similar the bustle of Jersey City felt to China, due to the consistent development. He also touched on how similar the Jersey City waterfront development is to Battery Park City, situated right across the Hudson in Manhattan. Ming presenting Mr. Holliwch emphasized his appreciation of the friendly environment in Jersey City. His firm even went as far as designing a building with an open space in the middle of the buildings to preserve the view of the Manhattan skyline for the retirement home behind the building. Matthias presenting Both architects agreed that Jersey City is a prospering live/work/play area.. It has become an area where residents no longer live there out of necessity, but rather because they desire to live there. Following the panel discussion, the audience had a chance to interact with both architects and ask their own questions. The audience was a mix of brokers, prospective buyers, architects and media, fostering a wide range of questions. During the reception, attendees had the opportunity to chat and enjoy a delicious fare and wine provided by Madame Claude. Food provided by Madame Claude Thank you to Ming, Matthias, Zach and all who came out and participated in the conversation!