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Upcoming Lecture: Steven Holl
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On View till Tomorrow, Nov. 21   

The Massimo Scolari exhibition currently on view at The Cooper Union recently received reviews by William Menking in the  Architects' Newspaper and Danielle Rago in Arbitare.  

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 

NOV 28 at 7PM
The Great Hall
The Cooper Union

Steven Holl Architects is an architecture and urban design office working globally as one office from two locations: New York City and Beijing. With each project, the firm explores new ways of integrating an organizing idea with the programmatic and functional essence of a building, "always using the unique character of a program and a site as the starting point for an architectural idea." Major works include Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland, the 2003 Simmons Hall at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the 2009 Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China. The Raffles City complex in Chengdu, China, includes artist and architect Lebbeus Woods' only permanent structure, The Light Pavilion. 


Introduced and moderated by Sanford Kwinter, writer, theorist, and professor of architectural theory and criticism at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and codirector of the Master's in Design Studies Program. 


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

Image credit: Steven Holl Architects--Cité de l'Océan et du Surf, 2011, west facade | photo: Roland Halbe


Francesca DiMattio (A '03)
NOV 27 at 12PM
Alumni Space, 3rd fl
Student Residence

Francesca DiMattio's art melds architectural and decorative forms to explore conventional notions of spatial relationships and raise questions about historical and contemporary hierarchies within the arts, material culture, and social structures. 
Ms. DiMattio earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She has developed an impressive international exhibition record. Her work is represented by Salon 94 in New York, 
She has received awards to participate in the Steeprock Residency, Washington, Connecticut, and the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France, (Muse d' Art Americain Giverny, France).

Sponsored by the Career Center and Alumni Affairs

INFORMATION SESSIONS: Cooper Union's Financial Crisis

FIRST WED of every month 4-6PM, and
SECOND TUES of eery month 12-2PM


T.C. Westcott, Vice President of Finance and Administration, is offering sessions to present financial information and to answer questions on the first Wednesday of each month, 4-6PM, and on the second Tuesday of each month, 12-2PM.  

You may sign up for a session online 


Exhibitions & Opportunities 

NEW!! BMW GUGGENHEIM LAB COMPETITION | The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Mumbai Environmental Social Network (MESN) are launching a global search for innovative proposals to redesign one of Mumbai's busiest transportation hubs, the Kala Nagar traffic junction. The competition, which is open to students and professionals, challenges applicants to restructure the junction's traffic flow and explore ways to refit its infrastructure with new public space and pedestrian functions. PRE-REGISTER BY December 3, 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.  

learn more ... 

NEW!! CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE 2ND ANNUAL FOLLY COMPETITION | Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League invite architects and designers to apply for Folly, a design/build studio residency (March-May 2013) leading to an exhibition at Socrates (tentatively opening June 2013). This residency was established to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.  

JURY: Michael Arad, Orly Genger, John Hatfield, Granger Moorhead, Billie Tsien.  

DEADLINE: January 7, 2012. learn more ... 

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 ... 

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY | 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.   Download submission material.  Email for any additional questions.

DEADLINE: March 20, 2012  


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.  

learn more ... 


DEANS' ROUNDTABLE | Elizabeth O'Donnell participated on the Deans' Roundtable in conjunction with the Arch Schools 2012 Exhibition Reception at the Center for Architecture. learn more ... 

PRINCETON LECTURE SERIES | Pablo Lorenzo Eiroa and Michael Young will participate in the event What I did Next - Princeton's Alternative Architectural Practices: Digital Geometries at Princeton University School of Architecture on November 28, 2012. learn more ... 

PAST FUTURES, PRESENT, FUTURES |  Urtzi Grau and Lydia Kallipoliti were invited to participate in the group exhibition Past Futures, Present,Futures, held at the Storefront for Art & Architecture. The exhibition presents 101 unrealized proposals for New York City, dating from its formation to today with 101 reenactments  by invited artists, architects, writers and policy-makers to create alternative visions for the present and future of the city. The exhibition runs from October 26 to November 24, 2012.  learn more ... 

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 ... 

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD | Susannah Drake's work on MoMA's 2010 Rising Currents exhibition is discussed in the article "In Sandy's Wake, Revisiting MoMA's Prescient "Rising Currents" Exhibition," Architectural Record, November 2, 2012. read more ... 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | article | "AD Round Up: Urban Projects Part I," archdaily, November 8, 2012
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | article | "Take a Bow," The Architect's Newspaper, November 9, 2012

Clarke Caton Hintz (John Clarke, AR '66) | award | 2012 PCI (Prestressed Concrete Institute) Design Awards, Best Parking Structure (1000+ Cars), Ruppert Plaza Garage and Macombs Dam Rooftop Park, New York, NY

Joan Ockman (AR '80) | article | "Academic Discourse," Architectural Record, November 2012    

Evan Douglis (AR '83) | speaker | Arch Schools 2012 Exhibition Reception and Deans' Roundtable, Center for Architecture, November 17, 2012

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | group exhibition | Where are the Utopian Visionaries? Architects of Social Exchange, Rhode Island School of Design, on view November 3-16, 2012; traveling to Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, on view November 16 - December 31, 2012.

Terreform ONE (Mitchell Joachim; Maria Aiolova; Melanie Fessel, M.Arch II '11) | group exhibition | Past Futures, Present, Futures, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 5 - November 24, 2012 


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