Academics

Mind, Brain, Behavior

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a new scientific research and teaching facility designed by celebrated architect Renzo Piano, set to open in 2016, is the first to rise on Columbia's new 17-acre Manhattanville campus. It will serve as the intellectual home for the University's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, a comprehensive institute for the pursuit of interdisciplinary and collaborative research in brain science.

The 9-story, 450,000 square-foot building is designed to maximize creative collaboration among scientists. With connecting stairways and common spaces that link individual researchers and lab groups into a coherent community, the center will bring together researchers from Columbia University Medical Center, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and other schools on the Morningside Campus.

Powering the Zuckerman Institute's engine of discovery will be nearly 1,000 institute researchers in more than 50 state-of-the-art laboratories. Because breakthroughs often occur at the intersection of disciplines, the institute will bring together 1,000 researchers, graduate students, and post-doctoral investigators to explore aspects of the brain and mind at every level: from the genetic and molecular, to the cellular and anatomical, to observable behavior of individuals and populations. Renowned neurobiologist Thomas Jessell and Nobel laureates Richard Axel and Eric Kandel are the directors of the new center.

Engagement with the surrounding community is intrinsic to the mission of the Greene Science Center and hardwired into its new campus. The ground floor of the science center will house the Center for Education and Outreach, offering a variety of programs on the brain, mental health, and neuroscience for K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.

The building was made possible by a historic $250 million gift from Dawn M. Greene and the Jerome L. Greene Foundation in 2006.

The Arts

The Lenfest Center for the Arts will be a multi-arts venue on the Manhattanville campus. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which co-created the Manhattanville campus master plan along with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the six-floor, 60,000-square-foot structure will stand prominently on a small public plaza on West 125th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue, just west of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center.

The building will contain the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, a state-of-the-art film screening room, a flexible performance space, and presentation space for readings, symposia, and seminars. With a range of spaces suited to presentation of work in multiple genres, the Lenfest Center presents an unprecedented opportunity to support and expand these kinds of partnerships between Columbia and the diverse, dynamic arts community that has long defined Harlem’s unique cultural legacy.

21st-century Business Practices

Columbia Business School will relocate to the Manhattanville campus in a structure to be designed by renowned New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE and Harlem based, certified Women and Minority Business Enterprise AARRIS ATEPA Architects. The school's new home will encompass approximately 450,000 square feet and will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, and highly social character of business in the 21st century. The facilities will create multifunctional spaces that foster a sense of community—spaces where students, faculty members, alumni, and practitioners can gather to exchange ideas.

University Forum and Academic Conference Center

The University Forum is a multi-purpose venue, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Dattner Architects. The building will include an approximately 430-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, and catered and grab-and-go food service area and University offices. The University Forum will have three-levels and a below grade space totaling approximately 56,000 SF. The building will also include about 30 faculty offices and office support. This structure will also foster activity and growth as part of a new campus destination, by providing a gateway between campus and community.

The University Forum will form the south anchor point of the Manhattanville Development. The triangular site is bounded on the south side by West 125th Street, on the east side by the elevated No. 1 Subway Line along Broadway, and on the north side at West 129th Street by the future Lenfest Center for the Arts and the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, also being designed by Renzo Piano.