In this episode, Cherise is joined by William Paxson of David Brody Bond and Richard Maimon of KieranTimberlake. Will Paxson is a partner at Davis Brody Bond and leads the design of the firm’s technologically complex academic projects, exploring innovations that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction. Richard Maimon is a partner at KieranTimberlake and collaborates across disciplines to achieve the integration and consensus needed to address some of architecture’s most urgent issues.

Richard and Will share insights into their work on the John A. Paulson Center at NYU in New York. The architectural team of Davis Brody Bond and KieranTimberlake worked with NYU on the new 735,000-square-foot mixed-use academic building.

You can see the project here as you listen along.

The building sets a new paradigm for multi-use facilities at NYU, optimizing interactions between diverse student groups and academic disciplines. The Paulson Center includes classrooms, informal study spaces, performing arts theaters, rehearsal and practice rooms, varsity sports facilities, a recreational gymnasium, and a café, as well as faculty and first-year student housing.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:

  • strict zoning requirements,
  • developing cohesive and clear circulation for such a diverse use of space,
  • unique façade design that takes advantage of the 360-degree relationship to the community,
  • and much more!

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