Stanford’s proposal for Mayor Bloomberg’s Applied Sciences initiative is a new 1.875 million sf, world-class engineering campus. The design aims to replicate Stanford’s successful academic model with a form appropriate to NYC. The project is sited on Roosevelt Island for its proximity to Manhattan and Queens, public transportation access and its diverse residential community. Spaces for teaching, research, housing, recreation, and startup incubators are integrated into a park-like setting. Massing and façade design were guided by the study of daylighting, natural ventilation and heat gain. The architecture is broken into curving "strands" - each represents a programmatic function. By intertwining these strands, constant interaction of people and ideas occurs, leading to academic innovation and research excellence. Where they diverge, special common spaces occur for collaboration or recreation.