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2013 Eleanore Pettersen Lecture: Sarah Wigglesworth
Lecture Series by Dr. Steward Pickett
New Opportunities: Design Fellowships
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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 


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


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; Candidate for NYC Mayor
Kenneth Knuckles, President and CEO of UMEZ and Vice Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission
Julie Menin, former Community Board 1 Chair; Candidate for Manhattan Borough President
Edward J. Minskoff, President of Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc.

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 

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



NEW!! DESIGN FELLOWSHIPS | Architecture for Humanity is a humanitarian design and construction non-profit. A major part of our work focuses on post-disaster reconstruction. The Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program offers architects the opportunity to get involved in rebuilding affected communities in New York and New Jersey. The Design Fellowship program is open to architects ready to give back to their community. LEARN MORE: Design Fellow - ReNew NJ and NY Schools | Design Fellow - Restore the Shore
MELLON FELLOWSHIP | The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been awarded a grant of $900,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support a major new initiative within LSE Cities exploring the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities. The Mellon Fellows will be invited to spend nine months at LSE, to engage humanists in the study of urban life - as pursued by LSE Cities - and to become involved in postgraduate teaching and research.
learn more ... 
DEADLINE THIS WEEK!! 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 ... 
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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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DEADLINE APPROACHING!! 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 ...
DEADLINE APPROACHING!! REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATION | The PEN World Voices Festival and the Architectural League of New York are partnering in a Little Free Libraries/New York project, which will be presented as part of the May 2013 IDEAS CITY festival. In keeping with this year's IDEAS CITY theme of untapped capital, the libraries will facilitate an informal exchange of books in the city's public spaces, where local residents and visitors may use and contribute to these communal, non-market based resources. Architects and designers interested in creating a library as part of this project are invited to submit their qualifications and describe their interest in the project in response to this RFQ. 
DEADLINE March 4, 2013.  learn more ...
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 ... 

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW | Anthony Vidler's essay "The Story of the World," published in The Architectural Review, Feburary 2013, is now available online. The article addresses the deeply researched and comprehensive work by Jacques Lucan, Composition, Non-Composition, which examines the history of the word in terms of architectural formulation. read more ...
CLOG: BRUTALISM | Anthony Vidler is an contributing author to the March edition of Clog themed Brutalism.  learn more ...

2013 BENJAMIN MENSCHEL FACULTY FELLOWSHIP | Lydia Kallipoliti is the recipient of Cooper Union's 2013 Benjamin Menschel Faculty Fellowship. With this grant and through the Feltman Lighting seminar, she will assemble a group of engineering, architecture and art students to design Grid Off; Lights On, a self-reliant lighting installation at the East 4th Street Cultural District for the Idea City Festival in May 2013. This project is part of FAB and CUISD's SUSTAIN project supported by the Rockefeller Innovation grant.


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


Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | appointment | City of Vienna Visiting Professor, SKuOR, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) 
Gina Pollara (AR '91) | article | "Louis Kahn Receives 25th Brendan Gill Prize," MAS-NYC, February 20, 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) | curator | "Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design" The Latvian National Museum of Art, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia, February 22-March 17, 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

Sean Khorsandi (AR '04) | contributing author | CLOG: BRUTALISM, March 2013

Sean Gaffney (AR '12) | contributing author | CLOG: BRUTALISM, March 2013


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