Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech, a new graduate school for technology, engineering, and applied science, opened the first phase of its Roosevelt Island campus on September 13, 2017. Conceived during the Administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cornell Tech is a partnership between Cornell University and The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

In 2015, Checkerboard Films produced “Cornell Tech: The Vision”, documenting the development of Cornell Tech from original concept to the start of construction. In 2018, Checkerboard produced three films on aspects of Cornell Tech from construction through first semester at the completed campus.”

The Architecture and Art of Cornell Tech


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The Architecture and Art of Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech features unique and innovative architecture connected by an open, public campus design. The architects share thoughts on their buildings: Thom Mayne and Scott Lee (Morphosis); Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (Weiss/Manfredi); Blake Middleton (Handel Architects); and Craig Dykers and Michael Cotton (Snøhetta). Learn more

Cornell Tech: Sustainability


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Cornell Tech: Sustainability

The architecture and campus were designed with the challenge of producing great architecture with the highest standards of sustainability and energy conservation. The architects and developers discuss the cutting-edge sustainability of their buildings. Learn more

Cornell Tech: Realization


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Cornell Tech: The Realization

In its first academic year at the new campus, Cornell Tech is fulfilling the goals and aspirations created at its conception. Commenting on its mission and development are former Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Chris Oechsli; David Skorton; the architects; and many more. Learn more

Checkerboard Film Foundation is a non-profit documentary film production company founded in 1979.

We document living artists who have made important contributions to the American arts. Our mission is educational and archival.


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