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NYU Space Planning: The Core Plan

(Taken from the NYU Space Planning Fact Sheet)

After five years of strategic planning and input from our internal and external community, NYU’s Core Project was approved by the New York City Council in late July 2012. This approval grants the University a new “zoning envelope” in which it can construct new facilities over the coming years. NYU is now turning from strategic to tactical planning, beginning with a university-wide dialogue to establish priorities for core space within this envelope.


  • In 2002, a Transition Team report identified lack of space as a critical issue.
  • In 2007, NYU undertook its first strategic plan for physical space.
  • Potential overall need: 6 million square feet over 25 years in three main locations: NYU’s “Core” near Washington Square Park; Downtown Brooklyn; First Avenue Health Corridor.
  • Identified space needs at the Core include classrooms, science and non-science research space, student dormitories, faculty offices, and performing arts facilities.
  • The Core plan was required to go through a city approvals process (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure) to modify the existing land-use rules that had governed the site since the 1960s.
  • Materials related to this period are archived at our Documents and Downloads page.

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