Visit the NYU Open House Space
Although it has since closed, the NYU Open House Space was used during the NYU 2031 ULURP process to give members of the general public a better chance to learn more NYU 2031. A multi-purpose exhibition and event space, the Open House Space offered detailed site plans, models, timelines, and more.
Contact Community Affairs
Email your comments and questions to NYU Community Affairs.
Core: .1 of 1.5 million square feet Neighborhood: .3 of 1.5 million square feet Remote: .4 of 3 million square feetView growth progress in detail
NYU, for the first time, hires several in-house and consulting architects and urban planners to engage in short- and long-range planning, undertake historical studies and current space-use analysis, study peer institutions, and establish standards for design.Read More
Before it could start thinking about its future, NYU needed to better understand its past. One of the planners’ first initiatives was to undertake a study of University buildings around Washington Square. Conducted with funding from a Getty Foundation Campus Heritage grant, the project resulted in a preservation plan for which NYU won a Lucy B. Moses Preservation Award from the city’s Landmarks Conservancy.Read More
Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer formed Community Task Force on NYU Development.
NYU selected SMWM to lead the design team, a San Francisco-based company with experience working with universities in dense urban settings. The team also included the multinational firm Grimshaw Architects and New York City-based Toshiko Mori Architect. They brought, in particular, Grimshaw’s environmental responsiveness and rigorous approach to detailing and Mori’s reputation for reframing historic context by regenerating modernist buildings with innovative interventions.Read More
A New York Times article by Karen Arenson detailed NYU’s efforts to involve its neighbors in the planning process. It covered a June open house reception: “For five hours, about 300 people, mostly local residents . . . examined poster boards describing NYU and its needs, and chatted with university officials and their architects about where the university was headed.”Read More
The University presented plans in progress over five open houses, each attracting hundreds of people from the NYU community and its neighborhood. Through vigorous discussions and debates in person, as well as written comments from participants, NYU incorporated responses into the following rounds of planning.Read More
As of 2011, the NYU 2031 strategic planning effort is moving on all fronts. A new building is being planned in the health corridor, key expansion efforts in Brooklyn are taking place and NYU will begin the process of entering the public approvals process for the rights to develop on its own footprint in the Washington Square area over the next two to three decades.Read More
The Community Task Force on NYU Development created a set of principles that NYU has agreed will guide its future development.
Establish criteria for development within the existing NYU footprint in the University’s core location, and the surrounding neighborhoods that would prioritize.
— Identifying opportunities to decentralize facilities and actively pursuing these opportunities;
— Contextual development that is sensitive to building heights, densities, and materials;
— Reuse before new development.
— Considering mixed-use facilities that complement Manhattan’s mixed neighborhoods, particularly in regard to ground-floor uses.
Identify solutions to maximize utilization of existing assets by consulting with the community on:
— The types of facilities that can be decentralized from the Village core and surrounding neighborhoods and cultivating locations outside these areas;
— Preferences for appropriate places for vertical additions;
— Encouraging programmatic and scheduling efficiencies; and
— Opening new and reenvisioning existing recreational spaces to better serve both the student population as well as the community at large.
Make thoughtful urban and architectural design a priority by:
— Respecting the limitations of the urban environment, including the impact on New York City’s infrastructure;
— Improving the quality of open spaces; and
— Actively soliciting, utilizing, and implementing input from the community in the design process.
Support community sustainability by:
— Preserving existing diverse social and economic character through the support of community efforts to sustain affordable housing and local retail;
— Exploring the utilization of ground floors of buildings for community-oriented uses such as local retail, gallery spaces for local artists, nonprofit users and other providers of community services; and
— Generating a tenant relocation policy for legal, residential tenants, in the event that construction or conversion necessitates the relocation of tenants.
Respect for the community’s existing qualities of life including, but not limited to:
— Taking measures to mitigate effects of construction such as noise, dust, work hours; sound mitigation for mechanical equipment; and construction staging;
— Reaching out early and often for community consultation related to major construction;
— Creating a Web site for ongoing constructions; and
— Committing to a community-oriented public process for reviewing NYU’s proposed projects and developments.