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New York’s City Council has approved Cornell‘s plans for a two million square foot technological campus on Roosevelt Island. The Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) proposal is set to break ground sometime in 2014. The complex will be carbon positive, producing energy, and will “offer housing for 2,000 full-time graduate students, world-class education facilities, a hotel, a corporate co-location building, and more than an acre of public open space”. Morphosis will design and construct the first academic building that will include geothermal and solar power. “Residents of Roosevelt Island expressed concerns that the 23-year, phased project would congest small communities infrastructure: one road and a single bridge connecting the island to the city. In response, Cornell and the Bloomberg administration have promised to transport construction equipment via barge to limit traffic on the island’s main road and monitor air quality throughout the process to ensure pollution is kept to a minimum”. The construction restrains and concerns and transformation of a part of New York City’s landscape make this an interesting project to follow.

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