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Cornell Has Six Architect Finalists for Roosevelt Island Campus

The announcement that Cornell had won the city contest to build an applied sciences and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island came with renderings by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, but it isn't actually certain yet that SOM will handle the campus design. The Journal and a press release inform us that the university has narrowed down the field from 43 proposals to six firms that will have a shot at the design. The six finalists are SOM, OMA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Morphosis Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. None of the finalists have done renderings yet?the next step is "to assemble a team of consultants and prepare for an interview to discuss their team's capabilities to successfully design the university's project." Cornell plans to choose a winner by April.

Regardless of who that winner is, SOM will be involved, since the firm is helping Cornell with the campus master plan. The previously-discussed solar panels and geothermal wells will remain part of the plan, as will the footprint and public spaces from the university's original proposal.
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· Cornell coverage [Curbed]