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NYU's new campus plans significantly reduced in size

Controversial plans by a collaborative group including Perkins+Will, Toshiko Mori, Grimshaw Architects and Olin Partnership for New York University (NYU) are to be revised following concerns from local activist groups that the towering project will disrupt the existing character of Greenwich Village. NYU had been intending to insert a series of high rise towers and 2.5 million sq ft of additional space to its plot in the Village however pressure from local residents has meant that the plans will be reduced by 370,000 sq ft.

The New York Times issued an interview with Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer on the topic, quoting him as saying: “NYU must coexist with Greenwich Village and not overwhelm the neighbourhood. This strikes an important balance.” NYU’s plans are yet to be approved but the revised designs include a seven storey tower (previously 14 storeys), two arching university buildings (reduced by 85,000 sq ft) and a student halls and academic building (relocated to allow for more light to reach existing residents).

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