Slowly, but surely, Cornell’s New York City technology school is becoming more of a reality. Today Cornell revealed four new renderings of the Roosevelt Island-based technology campus to coincide with the beginning of its land use review process.

“Just as Cornell Tech will be pioneering new approaches to graduate research and education, our campus won’t look like any other university campus that exists today,” Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean of Cornell Tech, said in a statement today. “We are determined to innovate in every aspect of the development, from the way that students, faculty, researchers, industry and the local community are intermingled, to the sustainability of our buildings and their iconic architecture.”

Renderings are often an idealistic look at how large construction projects will turn out, but Cornell’s NYC Tech campus should still be memorable even if it only approaches a fraction of the design vision we’re seeing today. The new renderings feature the school’s first academic building, which Cornell plans to make a net-zero energy development thanks to an array of rooftop solar panels.

It should take Cornell around seven months to complete the land use review process, and it plans to begin construction in 2014. Cornell plans to open the campus in 2017 and finish construction by 2037 (it’s certainly a good thing the design looks so futuristic). The school is also  accepting applications for a “beta” class of computer science masters students, who will take classes in Google’s Chelsea headquarters.

Cornell NYC Tech recently announced that it will be working together with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to help students and researchers quickly patent products and inventions.

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