NEW YORK, NY, 2012
This proposal suggests accommodating NYU's academic expansion on Pier 40, the adjacent St Johns Building, and the legendary ocean liner S.S. United States. Pier 40 has long been a site in search of a use and our scheme offers an opportunity for new university facilities, for an expansion of the existing athletic fields, and for other new community and retail uses. This project includes an aggregate of academic facilities roughly comparable to those currently proposed by NYU for its Greenwich Village site and additional space for student, faculty, and visitor housing in a highly glamorous setting. We suggest that the existing Coles Gymnasium be retained on its existing site (with perhaps some expansion above) and that a new public school be built on the LaGuardia Place supermarket site (retaining a commercial ground floor) per NYU's current proposal.
While our suggested project is, of course, contingent on transfer of all or part of Pier 40 to NYU and the purchase of the St Johns Building building, it offers the advantages of non-disruption in the Village, easy access to the central campus, a spectacularly desirable location, and what would in all probability be a lower aggregate cost to the university.
Credits: Michael Sorkin, Maria Inmaculada, Bueno Rosas, Jie Gu