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The Representation of Architecture 1967 - 2012   
On view through
NOV 21, 2012    

Massimo Scolari: The Representation of Architecture, 1967-2012 is 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: Installation view 


OCT 24 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street
"To see architecture as profound optimism" is the foundational principle behind the work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. The husband-and-wife firm began working together in New York in 1977, establishing their firm nine years later in the same Central Park South studio where they work today. As exemplified by important works like the American Folk Art Museum (2001) and the recently completed Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia, "matter, light, texture, detail, and most of all experience" are the essence of their architecture. Their architecture is widely appreciated for its sensitivity, timelessness, and beauty.

Their body of work ranges from large cultural institutions to new skating rinks for Brooklyn's Prospect Park, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, and the recently awarded commission to design the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City. Parallel to their practice, Williams and Tsien maintain active teaching careers and lecture worldwide.

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

Image: TWBTA--Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India | Photo by Shengning Zhang

Track Record
OCT 30 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street

The leader of the design team for the London 2012 Velodrome, Mike Taylor is a senior partner at Hopkins Architects, founded by Michael Hopkins in 1976. The firm, renowned as pioneers of prefabricated, lightweight, and sustainable architecture, is "guided by deeply-rooted architectural, environmental, and social convictions." The design practice focuses on integrating advanced design, craft, and sustainable solutions-from early conceptual designs through construction.

In addition to his role at Hopkins Architects, Taylor has lectured and tutored regularly at United Kingdom schools of architecture and has taught a postgraduate design course at Yale University.

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

Image: Hopkins Architects-British Antarctic Survey | photo: Hopkins Architects

Alex Kitnick       
NOV 1 at 6:30PM
Foundation Bldg

Art Historian Alex Kitnick will present the lecture "Light and Interface."  

Coming to Light: The Louis I. Kahn Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt
7 E. 7 Street
Rm 235

In addition to comprehensively documenting and cataloging student work and mounting scholarly exhibitions, The School of Architecture Archive has within its collection a diverse source of publications for purchase. Many titles are no longer in print and provide a rich account of important moments in architectural history. A complete list of available titles can be found on The Cooper Union website.


I had this thought that a memorial should be a room and a garden. That's all I had. Why did I want a room and a garden? I just chose it to be the point of departure. The garden is somehow a personal nature, a personal kind of control of nature, a gathering of nature. And the room was the beginning of architecture. I had this sense, you see, and the room wasn't just architecture, but was an extension of self. -Louis I. Kahn

Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at The Cooper Union from January 10 - February 18, 2005, this catalogue examines the evolution of Louis I. Kahn's design for the Roosevelt Memorial. 


David Deitcher   
OCT 23 at 7PM
Rose Aud.
41 Cooper Square

In his lecture, art historian, independent curator and critic David Deitcher discusses "Once More, with Feeling" (a work in progress), his memoire examining the relationship between memory, emotion and forgetting in stories that date as far back as his childhood in Montreal during the 1950s and early 60s. These he weaves together with other accounts relating to the mid-to-late-1980s in New York and to the AIDS crisis, which decimated the generation of gay men to which Deitcher belongs. Surveying works by artists-some well known and many unknown for having died so young-that range across every medium, Deitcher's lecture considers what was at stake in the return of affect and emotion to contemporary works of art that relied not on expressionist rhetoric but on the grammar and syntax of Minimalism and Conceptualism, whose apparently rigorous lack of content and emotion they implicitly critique.
This event is free and open to the public 

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March 20, 2013

The Lyceum Competition welcomes submissions from students attending participating schools including The Cooper Union (complete list of schools here). Lyceum travel awards are intended to enrich the academic experience. As such, all competitors are required to have at least one year of study remaining so that a travel award may be fulfilled prior to the completion of the current or an immediately subsequent architectural degree program. Students should work individually; submissions resulting from individual work completed in a design studio are encouraged.  


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Special Exhibition and Programming   
OCT 26-28, 2012
FIT, Conference Center, New York


Designers & Books Fair 2012 is very pleased to make available to The Cooper Union students/faculty/staff and Alumni, special "friends" discount tickets to all Fair programs. This offer represents a discount of 40% or more off the listed advance-purchase ticket prices. All tickets include free admission to the exhibition hall ($10 value).
The first Designers & Books Fair is set to launch on the last weekend of October in New York City. Designers & Books Fair 2012 is a live New York City event at the intersection where design, architecture, and books meet.

A special feature of the Fair will be programming in two auditoriums adjacent to the Exhibition Hall that will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions-all with leading members of the international design community.

For more information on the exhibition and programming, please go here.

For further information on purchasing discounted tickets to events, please go here.  

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 

DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 

DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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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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 ... 

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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WHERE ARE THE UTOPIAN VISIONARIES? | David Gersten is a contributor and panelist for the exhibition and concurrent panel discussion for Where are the Utopian Visionaries? held at the Rhode Island School of Design. The event runs from November 3 to November 16, 2012. learn more ... 

Paul Amatuzzo (AR '69) | exhibition | Thesis Retrospective 1990-2012 Amatuzzo Studio Section - Archtober Event, NYIT, Old Westbury, NY, October 13-November 11, 2012 
Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | article | "Libeskind's 'L Tower' Tops Out,", October 11, 2012

Lee Skolnick (AR '79) | article | "CASE STUDIES: Four K-12 projects use design to create better classroom spaces, improve performance, and shape school culture," Architectural Record, October 15, 2012  

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Video: Jun Aoki House, Hanegi Park / Shigeru Ban Architects,", October 13, 2012  

Kyna Leski (AR '85) | symposium | Panel introduction, Where are the Utopian Visionaries?, Rhode Island School of Design, November 10, 2012
Francois deMenil (AR '87) | lecture | Conversations in Context, The Glass House, New Canaan, CT, November 8, 2012
Gina Pollara (AR '91) | remarks | Archtober Building of the Day: FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, October 19, 2012
Jennifer Lee (AR '97) | group exhibition | Where are the Utopian Visionaries?, Rhode Island School of Design, November 3-16, 2012

Koukaba Mojadidi (AR '01) | article | "Leaving the comfortable life in America to help Afghanistan," Photo Blog,, October 1, 2012 


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