Cornell-Technion Campus

Roosevelt Island, New York City

In December 2011, NYC Mayor Bloomberg named Cornell University and the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology winners of a competition to create a "game-changing" applied sciences and technology campus on Roosevelt Island. As part of a Cornell capstone studio project, a seven-member team of real estate, planning, and landscape architecture students came together to design an economically feasible plan for a campus that would not only meet the city's goals, but also integrate itself into the island community and serve as a cultural asset for NYC. I was one of two designers, played the role of project manager, and was the developer of the 3D models and renderings.

The central core of the campus is anchored by three connected academic buildings with business incubator facilities. High-density residential towers include green roofs, water retention, parking, and hotel facilities. A retail-lined public plaza brings campus residents, tourists, and the Roosevelt Island community together in a vibrant public space. Buildings are oriented to allow a maximum of light penetration into the center of the campus while offering desirable views from almost every window.

The Expo serves as the outward-facing identity for the campus. The graphic display may be altered to correspond with exhibits and other public events. The Expo is strategically placed near the southern tip of the island, where it is most visible and unlikely to be obscured by future development


Model constructed in AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max. Rendered with Mental Ray and Photoshop.