The Real Deal New York

East but not Eden: A review of two leading bids for mega campuses on Roosevelt Island

Cornell and Stanford want to build on Roosevelt Island: Who has the better design?

December 13, 2011 10:06AM
By James Gardner


From left: The proposed campuses by Stanford and Cornell

From the December issue: The real estate business has been analyzed from almost every imaginable angle, from the financial and the aesthetic to the psychological and the sociological. But rarely, if ever, has anyone seen fit to approach the industry from the viewpoint of evolutionary anthropology.

Indeed, anthropology is, probably after chemistry, the last thing we think of with regard to real estate. And yet, how relevant it is to the development of Roosevelt Island, which — if Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets his way — may soon be home to a massive new campus affiliated with either Stanford University or Cornell University. [more]

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