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issue 21 - August/September 2014
CURVE magazine cover August/September 2014
    

NEW ACADEMIC FRONTIERS

Cornell Tech Campus Teaches Us How It's Done

The new campus of Cornell University, also known as Cornell Tech, is sure to set the bar high for educational facilities the world over. Highlighting the technological focus of the university, the campus could surely come from the future. The campus on Roosevelt Island is unlike any ever created in higher education the world over. Designed to embody the core of Cornell Tech's vision to create a staging ground for what's next, the campus will be part space to explore the potential of technology, part urban hub for fast-tracking tech solutions that have immediate relevance to New York City and the world.

The overall plan for the Cornell Tech campus combines six key principles, including: a river-to-river experience, the North-South pedestrian spine (known as the Tech Walk), a diverse collection of open spaces, the importance of indoor and outdoor spaces, optimization of building use and performance, and a livable and sustainable campus. Connected to the rest of the city, a nearby roadway serves as the east and west boundaries of the site. The adjacent esplanade provides nearly continuous public access to the waterfront, and serves as a primary means of pedestrian circulation around the island as well as shuttle and bike traffic. The perimeter of the campus will extend from the esplanade and extensive green network of Roosevelt Island into the campus, encouraging public interaction and circulation paths to the Tech Walk. The Tech Walk is the centerpiece of the pedestrian spine of the campus, linking each element together to form a unified whole. It will feature various outdoor spaces, benches, trees, and landscape and is accessible to the public. The completed campus will have over 2.5 acres of open public space. The main academic building will include innovative academic facilities designed for the Information Age, including stateof- the-art technology and net-zero energy aspirations. A café and terrace facing the campus plaza will be open to the public.

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