Big news out of the Big Apple: Cornell University announced last night that Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects will design the first of three net-zero academic buildings on its new applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island. Morphosis beat out six other finalists, including SOM, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Steven Holl Architects. Morphosis hasn’t unveiled the proposed design just yet, but there’s speculation that it will bear some similarity to the firm’s Cooper Union campus building in lower Manhattan. Initial drafts of the building are expected to be released to the public by November 2012.