The Cooper Union East Village Development Plan

The Cooper Union East Village Development Plan

New York, New York
Founded on the notion that education of the highest quality should be “as free as air and water,” The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science occupies a unique place in American higher education. But amidst an increasingly dynamic real estate market, Cooper Union’s ability to maintain its historic mission became linked to its ability to leverage its increasingly valuable real estate holdings in its East Village neighborhood.

With plans to modernize and expand their aging academic facilities stalled, Cooper Union sought to forge consensus around a framework for development of a new academic building and a privately developed mixed-use project. The massing strategy addressed the differences between the larger scale of the north-south avenues and the East Village’s more intimate side streets. Guidelines were developed to ensure that the new buildings would engage Cooper Square and Astor Place, two of New York’s most vibrant public spaces.

The success of the plan allowed Cooper Union to win long-sought approval for the rezoning of the two parcels. The plan’s subsequent implementation culminated in with the unveiling of a new mixed-use development project and opening of a state-of-the-art academic building.

This project was completed by the Principals and staff of EE&K prior to merging with Perkins Eastman.