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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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AROUND TOWN: Book Launch and Discussion for Oblique Drawing: A History of Anti-Perspective by Massimo Scolari at Van Alen Books  | Wednesday 3 October at 7pm.

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

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, Patricio del Real, 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

Taller de Arquitectura X
OCT 15 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street

Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach works collaboratively, completing projects from residential commissions to civic structures with firms and contemporaries such as Teodoro González de León, Juan Palomar, Tonatiuh Martínez, Gustavo Lipkau, and Jose Castillo, among others. His award-winning Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City remains the largest public library in Latin America.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Taller de Arquitectura X--Mexico Public Library | Mexico City, 2005-2011


A conversation on the relations between music, architecture, and aesthetics.   
OCT 5 at 6:30PM
The Foundation Bldg

Participants include:
Eric Goldemberg, Associate Professor, Florida International University 
Ed Keller, Associate Dean of Distributed Learning and Technology, Parsons New School of Design 
Ben Martinson, Assistant Professor, The Pratt Institute 
David Ruy, Associate Professor, The Pratt Institute, Director, The Network for Emerging Architectural Research 
Michael Young, Assistant Professor, The Cooper Union 

The Art of Opposition  
OCT 10 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7th Street

 Join Cornel West, Graham Burnett, Saskia Bos, Jill Magid, Carl DiSalvo, McKenzie Wark, Mendi+Keith Obadike, Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau, Anjum Asharia, and Marisa Jahn for an event rife with pleasurable and productive friction. Building off of a highly agonistic public symposium presented by the Walker Art Center and Northern in Spring 2012, Pro+agonist is an event that explores the productive possibilities of 'agonism,' or a relationship built on mutual incitement and struggle. Participants will emerge with a greater appreciation for duking it out and taking it to the streets.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP

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OCT 9 at 12-2PM
The Great Hall
Foundation Bldg

The Center for Career Development is organizing the Fall 2012 Engineering Career Fair. All current Cooper Union students are welcome to attend. A variety of organizations will be recruiting for full-time positions and internships. This is a great opportunity to learn about organizations and to network. There will also be graduate schools in attendance.

Students are able to view attending companies by logging into the system.
Log in or register to Cooper Career Connection

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Exhibitions & Opportunities 

DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 

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 ... 

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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SYRACUSE ARCHITECTURE NYC | Lydia Kallipoliti will present the talk "Deju-Vu: From Objects to Systems to Clouds" at the Syracuse University's New York City program. A discussion, "Recycling the Archive," will follow with Eva Franch i Gilabert, director, Storefront for Art and Architecture. NYC Studio, October 10, 2012.  learn more ...  

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | film screening | "Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line," documentary, OHNY (Open House New York), October 7, 2012

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | shortlisted |  "Six design firms vying for WAG Inuit art centre," Winnipeg Free Press, online edition, September 2012

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | "Ground Zero Master Plan / Studio Daniel Libeskind,", September 23, 2012

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | "Libeskind calls for greater public involvement in architecture,", September 24, 2012

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | Residential Building of the Year Award: Reflections at Keppel Bay, 2012 Emirates Glass LEAF Awards, September 24, 2012

Richard Vitto (AR '80) | advisor | desigNYC 2012 Build Environment Projects & Teams, Project/Nonprofit: Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union (LES FCU)

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 

Reiser + Umemoto (Jesse Reiser, AR 81, Nanako Umemoto, AR 83) | article | "AD Interviews: Reiser + Umemoto,", September 24, 2012

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | lecture | Guest Speaker, 217 Architecture Lecture Series, Osaka, Japan, October 10, 2012

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | article | "Beyond Zuccotti Park: Making the Public,"  Places Journal, September 24, 2012.

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | guide | "Around Manhattan Official NYC Architectural Boat Tour: Featured Guide Series," October 7, 2012

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR 97, Pablo Castro) | opening | Inside-Out Art Museum Opening Ceremony, recently completed museum interior, Beijing, China, September 29, 2012

Jean Brownhill Lauer (AR '00) | article | "After Cooper: Jean Brownhill Lauer, Our Buildings, and the Spaces within Them," Cooper Union News, September 13, 2012

FREECELL (John Hartmann, AR '00; Lauren Crahan, Warren Aftahi, Jacqueline Lavin) | article | "US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale," design boom, September 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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