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New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change  
JAN 10 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street      


Two Bridges Neighborhood Council in collaboration with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design & the Architectural League of New York will convene a public discussion to explore issues and ideas for the future of coastal New York. In the Two Bridges neighborhood, and across the five boroughs, vulnerable, low-income populations housed along a high-risk waterfront makes for a challenging social, planning & design problem.


Panelists with expertise in urban ecology, design, and community planning will present examples of current work and thinking about these issues, followed by a provocative and necessary discussion:Tom Angotti, Susannah C. Drake, Alexander J. Felson, and Claire Weisz, with moderator Cassim Shepard.




Track Record   
JAN 18 at 7PM
The Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square     


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

Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture,
1925 - 1970  
Opening Reception
JAN 29, 2013


Lessons From Modernism examines selected works of architecture completed between 1925-1970 through the lens of sustainability.

Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, Lessons From Modernism provides new insights into works achieved by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer. The exhibition demonstrates how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture. 


Exhibition Dates: January 29 - March 16, 2013
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union 



Caption: House II in Kavouri, Constantinos Decavallas, 1971

Opening Reception
JAN 29, 2013
Projects in Art and Architecture from the 2012 recipients of the Benjamin J. Menschel Fellowship:
Alexandra Alexa (ARCH) + Benjamin Johnson (ARCH)
Zulaikha Ayub (ARCH) + David Varon (ARCH)
Joseph Riley (ART) + Audrey Snyder (ART)
Priscilla Aleman (ART)
Ariel Jackson (ART)

On view January 29 - February 9, 2013

6th and 7th Floor Lobbies
Foundation Building

Image: Joseph Riley & Audrey Snyder 

Exhibitions & Opportunities 

DEADLINE TODAY!! [EN]CODING ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The architect is no longer an organizer of matter and space, but a designer of systems with multi-layered components and increasingly complex relationships. [En]Coding Architecture 2013 invites rising superstars, experienced researchers and designers to present experimental work derived through computational thinking and digital making. This conference, to be held at Carnegie Mellon University, synthesizes new trajectories for the profession within the context of tectonics, cultural philosophy, architectural theory and geopolitics. DEADLINE:  January 8, 2013  learn more ... 

CALL FOR PAPERS AND ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS: 2013 PHILOSOPHY AND THE ARTS CONFERENCE | The conference is now accepting paper and artwork submissions for the 6th annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference at Stony Brook, Manhattan, to take place on March 29-30, 2013. The theme for the conference/exhibition is Soundscapes and Territories. Submissions for both academic papers and artworks are due January 13, 2013.  learn more ...

IDEAS CITY 2013: TEMPORARY OUTDOOR STRUCTURES | For the occasion of the 2013 IDEAS CITY, Storefront for Art and Architecture jointly with the New Museum and Architizer are launching the StreetFest competition for the design, management, and construction of temporary outdoor spaces that produce new ways for collective gathering and city engagement. On Saturday, May 4, 2013, one winning entry will occupy designated outdoor space along the Bowery near the New Museum during the StreetFest. We envision fabricating a minimum of ten structures that will cover approximately 1000-1500 square feet. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 18, 2013  learn more ... 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SCI-FI | The journal CLOG is currently accepting submissions for their forthcoming issue: SCI-FI. While CLOG is about architecture, we encourage individuals from any field or background to contribute. We are interested in all forms of critique and commentary, including, but not limited to, images, graphics, diagrams, and/or text. Ultimately, the form of each contribution should be determined by whatever most effectively communicates the idea.
DEADLINE: January 21, 2013
learn more ...   
2013 HART HOWERTON FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM | The Fellowship provides a select group of students a defined summer internship within the Hart Howerton design practice, combined with three weeks of self-directed travel.  Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture,

landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2013. DEADLINE: January 25, 2013   learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LUNCH8 | LUNCH, the student-run design journal of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, are accepting submissions of abstracts and papers for the upcoming volume, Futures for Sites Unknown. They are accepting completed work as well as abstracts for new material for Futures for Sites Unknown, to be published in May of 2013. 
DEADLINE: January 28, 2013  learn more...
ROBERT L. OUTLAND SCHOLARSHIP + INTERNSHIP | This is a $3,000 merit based private scholarship and paid summer internship established to recognize and reward entering fifth year and graduate level students in an accredited architectural program. This scholarship and internship is specially intended for women and minority students who demonstrate their passion for architecture, design ability, and high academic achievement. Eligibility: Women and minority students only, entering fifth year or graduate level beginning Fall 2013 term (2013-2014 academic year).  DEADLINE: January 31, 2013  learn more ...
KPCB STUDENT FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM | The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design Fellows Program is a three-month work-based program that pairs top U.S. Engineering and Design students with innovative startup companies in Silicon Valley. Eligibility for the KPCB Design Fellows Program is open to outstanding students from any academic discipline, however the summer program will focus on designing and shipping beautiful products. DEADLINE: January 31, 2013  learn more ...

ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT | This grant is for the purpose of advancing the study in any area of architectural investigation, which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen engaged in the profession of architecture or a related field and have received their first professional degree at least five years prior to the date of application. A single award of up to $15,000 will be granted. DEADLINE: February 1, 2013 by 5:00 pm EST.  learn more ... 

2013 SUMMER DESIGN SCHOLARS COMPETITION | Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company is accepting applications for its class of 2013 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design. This full-time summer position provides competitive compensation. Housing included. DEADLINE: February 11, 2013 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 ... 

THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE PRIZE FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS + DESIGNERS: RANGE | Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2013. Winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by the Architectural League and Princeton Architectural Press. The Architectural League Prize is an annual competition, lecture series, and exhibition organized by the Architectural League and its Young Architects + Designers Committee. The Prize was established in 1981 to recognize specific works of high quality and to encourage the exchange of ideas among young people who might otherwise not have a forum. DEADLINE: February 19, 2013  learn more ... 


PANEL DISCUSSION AND EXHIBITION | Susannah Drake will participate in the panel discussion "The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change, co-sponsored by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, to be held on January 10. She also participated in the 2012 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition presented at the AIA National's headquarters in Washington, DC. 

ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER | Michael Webb contributed an article to The Architect's Newspaper remembering the late architect John Johansen, 1916-2012.  read more ...

FALL 2012 LECTURES AND ARTICLE | Dean Anthony Vidler spoke at WORK Gallery and delivered the lecture "Rewriting the History of the Recent Past" at the Architectural Association, both in London, England. He published the article "Redressing the Balance," in The Architectural Review, November 23, 2012.  

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | article | "Sean Kelly Gallery Moves to a New Toshiko Mori-Designed Space," Architectural Digest, December 10, 2012

Alexander Gorlin, (AR '78) | news | "In the News: It Takes a School to Complete a Village," eOculus, December 19, 2012

Joan Ockman (AR '80) | article | "Editor's Picks: Best Architecture of 2012 - Best Book," Architectural Record, January 2013

Stanley Allen (AR '82) | group exhibition | Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, Museum of the City of New York, opening January 23, 2013

Shigeru Ban Architects (Shigeru Ban AR' 84) | article | "International Real Estate: House Hunting
in...Japan," The New York Times, December 26, 2012

Edward Gormley (AR '90) | review | "The Many Ways a Wreath Can Turn," The New York Times, December 31, 2012

Gina Pollara, FDR Four Freedoms Park, Executive Director (AR '91) | article | "Editor's Picks: Best Architecture of 2012 - Best Posthumous Project," Architectural Record, January 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | curator | Colombia Transformed: Architecture = Politics exhibition, Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University,  Springfield, Missouri, January 25-March 1, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | curator | Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design, National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia Bulgaria, 20 December 2012 - 20 January 2013

Freecell (John Hartmann, AR '00) | article | "Editor's Picks: Best Architecture of 2012 - Best Design Exhibition," Architectural Record, January 2013

SITU Fabrication (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article | "SITU Fabrication Produces a Dev Harlan-designed Projection Wall for Y-3's 10th Anniversary," The Architect's Newspaper blog, December 21, 2012


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