NYU wants to add 2.5 million square feet to its Greenwich Village campus. The plan will likely reach the city council this summer.
New York University has proposed reshaping its Greenwich Village neighborhood with 2.5 million square feet of new construction, dramatically increasing density on two “superblocks” devoted mainly to faculty housing. The plan, initially generated by a competition-winning team composed of SMWM (now part of Perkins+Will), Toshiko Mori, Grimshaw Architects, and Olin Partnership, would entail the demolition of several buildings. The controversial proposal is moving through the city’s labyrinthine approval process and is likely to reach the city council by June. Michael Kimmelman, the New York Times architecture critic, recently suggested a compromise that would green-light some of the new structures while declaring others—including a pair of boomerang-shaped towers— “non-starters.”