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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

Exhibition currently on view   

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012 opened to the public on October 2 in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery in the Foundation Building.  Both designed and curated by the artist himself, Scolari calls it 'the biggest show I have ever done.' Born in Novi Ligure, Italy in 1943 Scolari studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic and now lives in Venice. ..."  read more ...

Exhibition on view through November 21, 2012 
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.

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. (b/w 3rd and 4th Aves.), 2nd floor
New York, NY 10003
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-7pm, Gallery Closed: Sunday and Monday

Learn more about the installation of Massimo Scolari's The Glider, a four-hundred pound wooden and metal sculpture with a 22-foot wingspan, on the third floor balcony of the Foundation Building.


Image: Massimo Scolari's "The Collector's Room: The Ark in the Domestic Project, Triennale of Milan" Balsa wood model, 1986

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

Natalie Jeremijenko      
OCT 16 at 12PM
Foundation Bldg

xClinic: On designing public experiments, civic actions and structures of ownership to improve our shared environmental health 
Natalie Jeremijenko is an artist whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. Jeremijenko's project's which explore socio-technical changes have been exhibited by several museums and galleries, including the MASSMoCA, the Whitney, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt. A 1999 Rockefeller Fellow, she was recently named one of the 40 most influential designers by I.D. Magazine. Jeremijenko is the director of the environmental health clinic at NYU, assistant professor in Art, and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept. 

Jeremijenko directs the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic. The Environmental Health Clinic develops and prescribes locally optimized and often playful strategies to effect remediation of environmental systems, producing measurable and mediagenic evidence and coordinating diverse projects to effective material change. 
Reception to follow in the 3rd floor lobby.
Co-presented with the Center for Career Development


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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Marilyn Hoffner Greenberg (A '48)    
OCT 15 at 12PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7th

Please join the Cooper community as we honor the life and legacy of Marilyn Hoffner Greenberg. Marilyn was a graduate of the School of Art and the long time Director of Alumni Relations. A memorial service will be held in the Great Hall on Monday, October 15, 2012 at noon. All are welcome to attend. 

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

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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NEW!! METROPOLIS MAGAZINE NEXT GENERATION DESIGN COMPETITION | This competition was created in 2003 to promote environmental activism, social involvement, and entrepreneurship in young designers. The Next Generation Design Competition is open to any designer or architect in practice for ten years or less, as well as design students. The $10,000 prize is intended to support designers whose entries reflect considerations of inclusive design, systems thinking, sustainability, materials exploration, progressive technologies, function, and provocative form. Each design should speak to at least one or several of the 6 sub-disciplines of design supported by the magazine-architecture, urban planning, landscape design, interior design, product design, and graphic design. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. DEADLINE  February 18, 2013  learn more ... 

NEW!! ARCHITECTS FOR ANIMALS | Students are invited to participate in the third annual Architects for Animals' "Giving Shelter," an event to aid NYC's homeless animals (cats), which includes designing and building a small winter shelter to be donated to The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. Past teams have included: FX Fowle; RMJM; Davis Brody Bond; Ryal, Porter, Sheridan; Zimmerman Workshop; H3 Hardy Collaborative; Team Anemoi; Gage Clemenceau; Co-Adaptive Architects; and Tietz Baccon.  learn more ...  

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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2012 IMAGINING AMERICA CONFERENCE | Elizabeth O'Donnell participated in the Imagining America (AI): Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners? conference held in New York City. The AI is a national coalition of 90 colleges and universities working at the nexus of publicly engaged scholarship and the humanities, arts, and design. October 5, 2012.  learn more ...  

REMOVING BARRIERS MOBILIZES RESOURCES | The text of an address delivered by David Gersten in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union on December 5, 2011 addressing the challenging financial future of the school, has recently been published in the Brooklyn Rail. October 2012.  

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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) | award | Chicago Athenaeum 2012 American Architecture Award, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University and High Line (Phase II)

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | award | Chicago Athenaeum 2012 International Architecture Award, Reflections at Keppel Bay

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | article | "The Future of Pharma," in In The News, eOculus, Septemeber 26, 2012

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | award | Chicago Athenaeum 2012 American Architecture Award, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems

Christoff:Finio Architects (Martin Finio, AR '88) | award | Chicago Athenaeum 2012 American Architecture Award, Sagaponack Barns

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | article |Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park," Architectural Record, October 2012

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (AR '94) | respondent | Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch, a book talk with journalist Tracy Metz, Center for Architecture, October 11, 2012

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | award | Chicago Athenaeum 2012 International Architecture Award, Korean Cultural Center

Situ Fabrication (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | exhibition design | "Hava Nagila: A Song for the People," Museum of Jewish Heritage, September 13-May 2012

Situ Fabrication (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article | "Hava Nagila Habitat," in In The News, eOculus, September 26, 2012

Iman Johnson (AR '08) | group exhibition | Pop-Off Art Show, Studio J, Long Island City, New York, October 13, 2012


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