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The Representation of Architecture 1967-2012
Oct 2 at 6:30pm
This exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of visionary architect and artist Massimo Scolari, who taught as a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture in 1977 and 1978. Originating at the Yale School of Architecture, with a nucleus of drawings first exhibited at The Cooper Union in 1977, the exhibition includes over 160 original drawings, paintings and watercolors, as well as other works completed between 1967 and 2012. Curated and designed by Scolari himself, this is the first retrospective of his work to be presented in the United States since 1986. 


Presented by the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and organized by the Yale School of Architecture. Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Turner Foundation, and by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. 
Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012. 


The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery 
The Cooper Union 
7 East 7th Street, 2nd floor 
New York, NY 10003
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm


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Image: Massimo Scolari: Modern City 1995, watercolor on cardboard, 23.6 x 34.6 cm


Susanah Drake   
SEPT 27 at 6:30PM
RM 315
Foundation Bldg
The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and The School of Architecture Student Council Faculty Lecture Series presents a lecture by Susannah Drake
Green infrastructure holds tremendous promise for the future of cities. With our national highway infrastructure reaching the end of its projected lifespan there is an opportunity for adaptation of these larger conduits into new ecological corridors. dlandstudio catalyzes change by finding ways to make mono-functional infrastructure systems such as highways and canals more environmentally productive. The firm proposed transformation of the form, perception and experience of infrastructure systems to make cities more ecologically resilient. She will discuss projects in New York including the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, BQGreen, MoMA Rising Currents among others. 

This event is open only to students, faculty, and staff of The Cooper Union. Reception to follow. 


Hayley Eber (AR '00), Yael Hameiri (AR '10), and Danny Wills (AR '12)  
OCT 2 at 12PM
RM 315
Foundation Bldg

All students in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture are encouraged to attend this program to learn about the design practices of graduates. The presenters will discuss their work and varying approaches to architecture. The program will include a discussion of Thesis by showing how one alumnus approached the culminating project of the academic program. Food and drinks, words and shapes, people and ideas.

Organized by the Center for Career Development.

This program is affiliated with New Student Orientation.    

Film Screening and Roundtable Discusssion 
OCT 12 at 6:30PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and  American Institute of Architects New York Chapter will present Unfinished Spaces, an award-winning new documentary by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.   
Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.   

A round-table discussion including Diana Agrest, Unfinished Spaces co-creators Benjamin Murray and Alysa Nahmias, and moderated by Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa will explore the impact of architecture on social revolution and the role of revolution in shaping architectural expression. 
Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.    

Image: Film still, Unfinished Spaces


Silvia Kolbowski
SEPT 25 at 7PM
The Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square

Silvia Kolbowski will screen her short 2010 video loop,"A Few Howls Again?" this evening at 7pm. This project revives the brilliant and notorious German journalist and political militant, Ulrike Meinhof (1934-1976) in a stop-motion photo "animation" video loop with titles. Including Meinhof's own writings from the late 1960s and contemporaneous and later comments made about and by her, the project raises questions about state violence and the feminine subject. Currently working on a companion video that revives another historical figure, and having engaged history as a subject in her work for the past couple of decades, Kolbowski will discuss the role of history in art as a form of political resistance.

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

ARCHITECTURE_M_P_S | Architecture: media, politics, society is a new peer-reviewed academic journal and forum that investigates questions of contemporary and historical Architecture and its relationship with media, politics and/or society in its broadest sense. The journal welcomes articles from academics and professionals on themes related to contemporary and historical architecture.  learn more ... 

2013 LATROBE PRIZE |  The AIA College of Fellows established the Latrobe Prize as a grant program in research intended to serve as a catalyst for significant investigation into issues important to the profession. DEADLINE: The first stage of submissions are due October 1, 2012.  download the pdf submissions form here ... 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | 2013 ARCC Architectural Research Conference, The Visibility of Research, will take place at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte on March 27-30, 2013. Researchers, educators, and practitioners in architecture and affiliated design and technical professions are welcome to participate. The conference committee invites paper submissions on new and continuing research in the following topic areas: POLICY: Educating policymakers, practitioners, and the public; CULTURE: Making visible: new ideas, minor voices, and topics on the margins; SUSTAINABILITY: Visualizing sustainability and performance in buildings; HISTORY: Maps, media, and models in architectural history; URBANISM: Technology, connectedness, and the urban environment; CONSTRUCTION: Innovations in materials and construction visualization; PEDAGOGY: New visions and revisions in architectural education. DEADLINE: October 8, 2012  learn more ...  

THE BATTERY CONSERVANCY AMERICAS DESIGN COMPETITION 2012 | The Battery Conservancy invites students and professionals from the Americas (Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean), to design an iconic moveable outdoor seating element. The winning design will be fabricated for use at The Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan which annually welcomes six million visitors. Updated: DEADLINE: Accepting submissions through October 30, 2012.  learn more ... 

15TH ANNUAL BERKELEY PRIZE | An essay contest in three stages open to all current full-time registered students in an undergraduate architecture degree program, undergraduates majoring in architecture, or diploma students in accredited schools of architecture worldwide. Each year  the Prize Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition. This year the topic is: The Architect and the Accessible City. STAGE ONE DEADLINE: November 1, 2012   learn more ... 

NEW!! STEWARDSON KEEFE LeBRUN TRAVEL GRANT | The Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications. The purpose of the grant is to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. DEADLINE: November 1, 2012, 5:00pm  learn more ... 

NEW!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | CLOG is now accepting submissions for its upcoming issue on BRUTALISM. DEADLINE: November 5, 2012.  learn more ... 

The competition will focus on the post-industrial development of a contaminated site in the Gowanus Canal watershed that offers the challenge of rethinking how a new community resource can become an agent for remediation within a diverse urban context. The jury will be comprised of industry professionals and experts in the areas of architecture, sustainable design, landscape design, and community development. Jurors include: Julie Bargmann, David J. Lewis, Richard Plunz, Robert M. Rogers, Andrew Simons and Joel Towers.  DEADLINE: 
December 14, 2012.  

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EXHIBITION | FIELD CONDITIONS EXHIBIT AT SFMOMA | Works by Lebbeus Woods, Stanley Allen (AR '81), Daniel Libeskind (AR '70), as well as projects by other noted architects and contemporary artists, are on view at the SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA, September 1, 2012 - January 6, 2012. In addition, on October 4, 2012, Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, will deliver a lecture on Lebbeus Woods' Conflict Space Series.  

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RECENT LECTURES Anthony Vidler delivered the talk "Designing from the Air: Le Corbusier over Brazil to Rem Koolhaas over Nigeria," at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism on September 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also lectured at the University of Brasilia Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism on September 17, 2012 in Brasilia, Brazil.

HELLENIC-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Louis Katsos's will moderate the discussion "Hotel Development and Construction in New York: 2013-Xenia Metamorphosis" presented by The Development, Design & Construction Committee of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce on October 1, 2012. learn more ...    

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | article |  "The City's Their Stage," The New York Review of Books, September 2012

Studio Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | news | "This Just In," eOculus, September 14, 2012

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | article | "Novartis Research Complex/Cannon Design (Maya and Toshiko),", September 17, 2012

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | lecture | "Almost Nothing," Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 20, 2012

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | keynote | "B+/A-," keynote lecture, The J. Irwin Miller Symposium: The Sound of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture, October 5, 2012 

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | lecture | "Messy Urbanism: Bottom-up Placemaking," University of Hong Kong, September 27, 2012

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | publication | "Vertical Urbanism, Horizontal Urbanity: Notes from East Asian Cities," in The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, ed. by Vinayak Bharne, Routledge Publishing, September 28, 2012

Reiser + Umemoto (Jesse Reiser, AR 81, Nanako Umemoto, AR 83) | article | "O-14/Reiser + Umemoto,", September 18, 2012

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Paper Giant: Shigeru Ban in Adelaide," ArchitectureAU, September 12, 2012

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | news | "Mark Your Calendars for Archtober 1," eOculus, September 14, 2012

Linda Taalman (AR '97) | symposium | Advancing Sustainability Business + Design Symposium 2012, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, Octorber 6, 2012

Kayt Brumder (AR '09) | group exhibition | "Imperfect Health - The Medicalization of Architecture,"  Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, September 15, 2012-February 24, 2013

Yael Hameiri (AR '10) | exhibition | "Dialogical Corners," Centerpoint Gallery, September 15-December 1, 2012


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