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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

Photographs by Engineering Students
Opening Reception
DEC 3 at 6:30PM
The Cooper Union

What happens when talented engineers are challenged to draw from their scientific mindsets and express themselves artistically? The end result is both calculating and fascinating. Featuring the distortion of time and space, students of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering produced artistic portfolios that illustrate both their creativity and technical training and, ultimately, how they view themselves and the world. 
On view from December 2 - December 8 
Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues 

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

DEADLINE NEXT WEEK!! 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.  

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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. learn more ... 


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