Cornell University

Tour of Milstein Hall

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Milstein Hall
943 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

You are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of Milstein Hall from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

Our guide will be the College of Architecture, Art and Planning's project director, John McKeown, who has been working for more than a decade on plans for the new building, which links many of AAP's resources.

Designed by Rem Koolhaas and architects in the New York office of his Rotterdam-based firm, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Milstein provides flexible studio space, presentation areas, a state-of-the-art auditorium, and other amenities for AAP. It also features aluminum-mesh ceiling tiles, lighted study pods, floor-to-ceiling glass facades, two cantilevers, a concrete dome, and a number of sustainable elements, such as radiant floor heat and a green roof planted with sedums.

Faye Hirsch of Art in America magazine recently described Milstein as "downright thrilling, a slow burn of myriad nuances, from the clever organization of space in a limited footprint to lush surface treatments and futuristic technology." You can view a time-lapse video of the construction of Milstein at

Our tour will run from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. Please meet at Milstein's main door, situated on the the east side of the building, opposite Rand Hall. No need to RSVP, but the group will be limited to the first 25 people.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for our January 26 meeting, which will feature Professor Sahara Byrne from Cornell's Department of Communication discussing her fascinating work on the "boomerang effect."

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