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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 Ferguson 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.

Registration will close on Monday 11 March.



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 


MAR 7, 6:30pm
Great Hall
7 E. 7 Street     
The Development, Design and Construction Committee of The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce presents:

The panel discussion will feature:
John Catsimatidis, Owner and CEO, the Red Apple Group and Gristedes
Edward J. Minskoff, President of Minskoff Equities, Inc.
Julie Menin, former Community Board 1 Chair; current candidate for Manhattan Borough President
Kenneth Knuckles, President and CEO of UMEZ and Vice Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission

Moderated by Louis Katsos, Jekmar Associates, Inc., Professor Adjunct, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

This event is sponsored by The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, in association with the Albanian-American Chamber of Commerce, Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce Jamaican-American Chamber of Commerce and the Russian- American Chamber of Commerce as a benefit for The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Reception and Informal Conversation With the Panelists to Follow 


FEB 13, 7pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square    
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) worked with Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and the design studio Papercut to create the fold-out poster (which was also posted in over 200 subway locations) that explain this contentious extraction process. 

On the 13th, CUP will be joined in conversation by Al Appleton, a Senior Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, and Barry Estabrook, a James Beard Award-winning writer on issues of food safety and justice, for a conversation that will focus on the risks hydraulic fracturing poses to the food, health, and drinking water of New York City residents.

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the
What's in the Water? poster.
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FEB 22 at 6PM | ROOM 215 | 7 EAST 7TH STREET

Ecovative has spent five years developing an alternative to plastics that are grown using fungi and agricultural waste. Sam Harrington and Sue Van Hook of Ecovative will talk about the inspiration and thinking behind these materials from two perspectives: biology/mycology and engineering/design. These environmentally responsible innovations are influenced by natural systems design, and utilize billions of years of natural R&D.

All Events FREE and Open to the Public 

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



DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ...
NEW | DEADLINE APPROACHING!! LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNELE OPEN CALLS | Close, Closer, the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale will put forward an alternative reading of contemporary spatial practice. The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. Architects, thinkers, students, artists, designers, and strategists are invited to apply to the Crisis Buster Grant and the Lisbon Triennale Millennium BCP Universities Award Competition. DEADLINE: February 18, 2013. Learn more about these opportunities and further open calls here ...
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ... 
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 ESSAYS: FUZZY MATH | The Architectural League's Urban Omnibus announces their second annual essay competition, on the topic of cost, metrics, and measurement in urban life. With this competition, Urban Omnibus invites writers to infuse the quantitative language that pervades environmental understanding with narrative, theory, history, or humor. 
DEADLINE: March 22, 2013 5pm  learn more ...
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 EMERGING VOICES AWARD | Susannah Drake is a recipient of the Architectural League of New York's annual Emerging Voices Award. The full list of recipients were featured in the recent article "The New In Crowd: Architectural League's 2013 Emerging Voices Announced," in the Architect's Newspaper. read more ...
ART AND ARCHITECTURE QUARTERLY | The currently on view exhibition Lessons from Modernism has been featured in AAQ including an essay by Kevin Bone, curator and director of the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. read 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. PLEASE NOTE: Date change to March 2, 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 ...


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, PLEASE NOTE: Date Change March 2, 2013


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70)  | news | "Libeskind U: Prof. Daniel Libeskind Teaching Online Course on Ideal Cities," Architect's, January 29, 2013
Andrew Skurman (AR '76) | article | "Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman," Huffington Post, February 5, 2013 


Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Temporary Structures Gorky Park: From Konstantin Melnikov to Shigeru Ban opens at Garage in Moscow,", February 12, 2013  

Robert Cowherd (AR '88) | presenter | "Identity Tectonics: Contested Modernities of Java and Bali," 8th Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space, Savannah College of Art & Design, February 9, 2013


Morris Sato Studio (Michael Morris and Yoshiko Sato, both AR '89) | award | "Cooper Union's Hejduk Award Goes To Morris/Sato Studio," Architect's Newspaper, February 6, 2013


Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | lecture | "Insurgent Public Space," Democracy, Equity and the Public Realm lecture series, Pratt Manhattan, February 15, 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. PLEASE NOTE: Date Change March 2, 2013 
Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "Intercontinental Curatorial Project," Hammons School of Architecture, Springfield, Missouri, February 27, 2013 
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture (Mercedes Armillas, Associate, AR '96) | article | "Lincoln Center Theater LCT3: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture," Architectural Record, January 2013 

Michal Raz-Russo (AR '01) | curator | "When Collecting Was New," Art Institute of Chicago, December 15, 2012-May 12, 2013

Gerri Davis (AR '03) | solo exhibition | "Gerri Davis Reflects," Bridge Gallery, New York, NY, February 7-March 23, 2013

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR 05) | article | "Situ Studio's Hurricane Sandy-Salvaged 'Heartwalk' Installation Under Construction," Architect's, February 6, 2013


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