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Cornell’s $2 Billion Campus Fuels N.Y.C. Search for Tech Jobs

Broad sloping buildings roofed by solar panels and swaddled in plants that filter storm water will rise on an island in New York’s East River.

That’s Cornell University’s vision for a new applied-sciences campus in New York City. The school was named yesterday as the winner of a competition set up by the city to build a facility for job-spinning engineering research -- the way Stanford University has helped seed innovation in Silicon Valley.