the built reality that is now cornell tech sits on the southern side of new york’s roosevelt island. a close neighbor to louis kahn’s four freedoms park, the campus embodies the future of academic architecture. in the initial phase of the project, weiss/manfredi, morphosis, and handel architects each designed a building for the growing campus — keeping in mind the institution’s vision for the future.
cornell tech’s overall masterplan, devised by skidmore owings merrill, made sure that portions of the 12.4 acre campus were elevated above the 100-year and 500-year floodplains to combat rising sea levels and potential natural disasters. the plan was also designed with an overall flexibility to allow for necessary changes as the institution continues to grow and the campus with it.