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Inaugural Benefit Master Drawing Class
Save the Date: 2013 Eleanore Pettersen Lecture
Lecture Series by Dr. Steward Pickett
New Opportunities: Buckminster Fuller Challenge, Call for Papers, ...
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Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture,
1925 - 1970  
On View
JAN 29-MAR 16      


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


Image: Installation view

with Sue Fergusson Gussow  
MARCH 18-22, 2013
6:30 - 9:30PM
The Cooper Union     

Professor Emerita Sue Ferguson Gussow (A'56) has taught drawing at The Cooper Union to artists and architects for over 40 years. This special Master Class will include four intense, continuous evenings of drawing with Sue Gussow followed by a pin-up, conversation and reception on a fifth evening to celebrate the work of the class. Participants are invited to bring a guest to this final evening.

The Drawing Master Class will directly benefit the School of Architecture and the Annual Fund. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with a minimum new contribution to The Cooper Union of $2,500. The only pre-requisite is the love of drawing! Beginners and advanced students are welcome. Consider this as a unique gift for someone you love who loves to draw.

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Sarah Wigglesworth 
FEB 28, 7pm
Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street     
Since founding her London-based practice in 1994, Sarah Wigglesworth has developed a reputation for bringing great design to ecological buildings with innovative materials. At the heart of her firm's interest in sustainability is a professed desire to help things run more efficiently, improve people's well being, and make life more enjoyable.

Published and award winning projects include 9/10 Stock Orchard Street, the Sandal Magna Community Primary School, and the Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, among others (see images of all of these projects in the slideshow above). Together with her partner, Jeremy Till, Wigglesworth was the first architect to be awarded the Fulbright Arts Fellowship. In 2004, she was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Wigglesworth currently teaches at Sheffield University.

Image: SWA-Siobhan Davies Dance Studios | photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid 

Dr. Steward Pickett
FEB 11 - MAR 18
All lectures at 6:30PM
The Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street    

On the one hand, cities can be the epitome of sustainability, reaping the benefits of proximity, efficiency, and innovation.  On the other hand, they can be graveyards of dreams and sources of contamination. In Cities In Crisis: Ecological Transformations, six lectures at The Cooper Union, Dr. Steward Pickett, past President of the Ecological Society of America and a plant ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present an integrated view of cities from an ecological perspective and explore the frontiers of promoting the transformation of a more sustainable urban trajectory.

FEB 11 | Globalization and the Changing City
FEB 18 | Cities as Ecosystems
FEB 25 |  Natural Disturbance and the City
MAR 04 | From Sanitary to Sustainable City
MAR 11 | Ecology for Urban Design
MAR 18 | A Land Ethic for the Urban Era



Architecture and Art
FEB 12, 12pm
RM 106
41 Cooper Square    

Architecture and art students who are considering pursuing internship experiences are encouraged to attend this open forum to learn from their peers.

The Professional Internship Program Forum provides an opportunity for interns to present and describe the work they have completed during recent internships. It enables interns to discuss, share, and assess their internship experiences. In addition, it also serves as an information session about the program.

The Professional Internship Program is a formal experiential learning arrangement that is administered by the Career Center.

Lunch will be provided.

For questions please contact

Organized by the Center for Career Development

NEW!! 2013 BUCKMINSTER FULLER CHALLENGE FELLOWSHIP | A program of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge is an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve the world's most pressing problems. Eligible applicants must either currently be enrolled in a graduate program or have a minimum of 2-3 years working experience in sustainability, social entrepreneurship, design, policy, or any other program that might have a role in shaping social and environmental behavior. ACCEPTING RESUMES THROUGH FEBRUARY 8, 2013  learn more ... 
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLOT is the annual journal produced by the Master of Landscape Architecture students of the City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture. The theme of PLOT Volume 2 is PATCHWORK. Used both as a noun and a verb, patchwork carries multiple interpretations: a composition of incongruous parts, an ad-hoc assemblage, a disparate array establishing a cohesive pattern. A patchwork technique might explore the idea of the landscape as a quilt of seemingly disparate spaces, joined together in new or revelatory ways. Patchwork might also be considered as a strategic makeshift or temporary measure, on the ground or in the books. 
Submissions are open to all: students, professors, practitioners, collaborators, and friends. 
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 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 ... 

HARVARD GSD WHEELWRIGHT PRIZE | The Wheelwright Prize, presented by Harvard GSD, is a $100,000 travel-based research grant that will be awarded annually to early-career architects who have demonstrated exceptional design talent, produced work of scholarly and professional merit, and who show promise for continued creative work. Now open to applicants from all over the world - no affiliation to Harvard GSD required - the prize aims to foster new forms of research informed by cross-cultural engagement. DEADLINE: February 28, 2013  learn more ... 
NEW!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Superstorm Sandy Photography Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Superstorm Sandy moved into the greater New York metropolitan area and altered the physical and psychological fabric of the region. As recovery efforts progress and the future of essential infrastructure, including waterfront repair, is considered, the Museum of the City of New York seeks contemporary photographs of the areas and people affected by the storm.
DEADLINE 12pm March 3, 2013.  
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ARTIST AND ARCHITECTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM | The Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture of the Republic of Austria in cooperation with the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, is going to award a total of eight scholarships for residency at the Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles, in 2013/2014. These scholarships are open to free-lance artists, advanced students of architecture and graduates of architecture immediately after completion of their degree.
DEADLINE: March 3, 2013  learn more ...
NEW!! CALL FOR PAPERS | On the Spatial Epistemology of Politics, or How We Know Politics Through Space: Essays for Design Studies is a forthcoming edited book that explores how spaces are political and how politics is spatial. Co-edited by Harvard PhD candidates Delia Wendel and Fallon Samuels Aidoo, the book is funded in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. This call for papers solicits original research to explore the politics of contention and consensus in spatial forms and practices. DEADLINE April 8, 2013  learn more ...
TRAVEL AND STUDY GRANT | The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, awards up to $5,000 annually in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. The Deborah J. Norden Fund is a program of The Architectural League of New York. 
DEADLINE: April 17, 2013  learn more ... 

2013 YOUNG ARCHITECTS AWARD | Susannah Drake was a recipient of the 2013 Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. Drake was also a panelist on "The Future of Zone A: New York Neighborhoods on the Frontline of Climate Change," held at The Cooper Union and the subject of a recent article in The Villager

POSSIBLE MEDIUMS CONFERENCE | Michael Young will participate as a workshop leader in the Possible Mediums Conference held at Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture on February 7-10, 2013.  learn more ...

WATERPROOFING NEW YORK | Lydia Kallipoliti will participant on the "Waste/Water" panel at the Waterproofing New York symposium held at the Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York, on February 9, 2013.  learn more ...

LECTURES AT YALE AND CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS | Dean Anthony Vidler will present the lecture "Building on the Ruins: Allegories of the Postmodern in IBA," at the Achtung: Berlin symposium on February 16, 2013, held at Yale University School of Architecture. He will also present the lecture "Towards an Other Architecture: Lebbeus Woods and 20th Century Resistance" on February 18, 2013 at the California College of the Arts.
PRINCETON LECTURE SERIES | Hayley Eber and Urtzi Grau will participate in the panel discussion "New Kids on the Block" as part of the What I Did Next - Princeton's Alternative Architectural Practices lecture series on February 20, 2013 at Princeton University School of Architecture. read more ...

LEBBEUS WOODS. ARCHITECT | The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will present a retrospective on the work of Lebbeus Woods to be held February 16 thought June 2, 2013. Additional programming will include a lecture by Thom Mayne on Woods' "immeasurable influence and wide-ranging legacy," on February 21, 2013. learn more ...

OBLIQUE STRATEGIES | Sara Jones and Pat McElnea will participate in the group exhibition "Oblique Strategies" at Pace University, NYC, curated by Emmy Mikelson. The exhibition runs from January 23 through February 22, 2013. Opening reception on Tuesday 5 February.  learn more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70)  | finalist | "Libeskind, Hamilton, Plensa Finalists for Ohio's Holocaust Memorial," Architect's, January 29, 2013
Lance Jay Brown (AR '65) | presenter | "Shelter," Waterproofing New York Symposium, the Landscape Architecture Program of the City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture, with support from the Municipal Art Society, American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, and the Institute for Urban Design, February 9, 2012


Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | article | "Meet the Five Finalists in NYC's Micro-Apartment Competition,", January 23, 2013


Joan Ockman (AR '80) | panelist | "Ruins of Modernity: The Failure of Revolutionary Architecture in the Twentieth Century," Kimmel Center, New York University, February 7, 2013 
Joan Ockman (AR '80) | conference introduction | "Architecture Education Goes Outside Itself: Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers," University of Pennsylvania School of Design, February 8-9, 2013


Lily Zand (AR '88) | article | "Good Things Happen Here: Creating Public Spaces That Aid the Feeling of Belonging,", January 27, 2013  


Catherine Seavitt (AR '94) | symposium organizer and presenter | Waterproofing New York Symposium, the Landscape Architecture Program of the City College of New York's Spitzer School of Architecture, with support from the Municipal Art Society, American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, and the Institute for Urban Design, February 9, 2012  

Bradley Horn (AR '94) | presenter | "Architecture Education Goes Outside Itself: Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers," University of Pennsylvania School of Design, February 8-9, 2013

Anthony Titus (AR '98) | group exhibition | "Oblique Strategies," Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY, Opening Reception February 5, 2013

Yael Hameiri (AR '10) | group exhibition | "Oblique Strategies," Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY, Opening Reception February 5, 2013

Danny Wills (AR '12) | group exhibition | "Oblique Strategies," Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY, Opening Reception February 5, 2013


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