Planning for Higher Education Journal

Breaking the Mold

Cornell Tech and the 21st-Century University
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From Volume 44 Number 1 | October–December 2015
By Steven Jacobs, Karen Backus, Gilbert Delgado, Colin Koop
Planning Types: Campus Planning

In 2011, after an international competition, the City of New York selected Cornell University to develop a new applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island. Cornell immediately began to turn its vision for Cornell Tech into reality, creating a graduate-only 21st-century urban university dedicated to technology commercialization and entrepreneurship tailored to the economic strengths and needs of New York City. To meet these ambitious objectives, Cornell would have to break the mold and pursue an approach never before seen in American higher education, including a campus organized solely around multidisciplinary hubs, a unique design that promotes collaborative connectivity, and a focus on third-party development partners to provide many of the campus’s key components.

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