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Cornell tech campus plan lacks cohesion: community board

January 10, 2014 01:40PM

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Rendering of entire Cornell University tech campus on Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island community board reviewed updated plans last night for the first academic building at the 2.1 million-square-foot Cornell University tech campus, and found that proposals for the massive project “lack cohesion.”

The board noted there would be no audio looping for the hearing impaired outside of public spaces on the building’s first floor. Loops generate a magnetic field recognized by a hearing aid.

And resident Judy Berdy complained that renderings show that almost all of the trees, mostly found on the northern end of the site, would be removed as a result of the project.

There are multiple architects working on the campus on different construction schedules, Curbed reported. Board members expressed concerns that this might create communication problems for such issues as garbage disposal. Designers include Handel Architects, Morphosis Architects’ Thom Mayne, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Weiss/Manfredi Architecture. [Curbed]Mark Maurer

  • Ben X

    Thank goodness someone is sounding the bells re the destruction of mature trees. The plans currently have 75% of old growth trees demolished, that’s almost 100 trees. Inexcusable, esp considering Cornell has mentioned sustainability as an element of the bldgs; unfortunately that seems only to do with lowering energy costs. Of course it’s well known that large mature trees provide tons of shade which can assist on lowering the need for AC etc but why consider that when you can bulldoze now and think later.

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