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Upcoming Lectures: 2013 Feltman Lecture
Lessons from Modernism: Gallery Tour by the Curator
Lecture Series by Dr. Steward Pickett
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New Opportunities: Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship | Calls for Submissions
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A Benefit for the 
School of Architecture
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
Benjamin M. McGrath, Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer 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, The American-Hellenic 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 

Mark Goulthorpe, dECOi/MIT
Phototropic Implication 
MAR 14, 6:30pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Square     

Mark Goulthorpe is an Associate Professor at MIT Department of Architecture, teaching digital design and fabrication and leading the new Design Stream in the SMArchS program. His current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies, as well as a new iteration of the dynamically reconfigurable HypoSurface. Goulthorpe is the author of Autoplastic to Alloplastic published by Hyx/Pompidou and The Possibility of (an) Architecture published by Routledge. There are many published essays and articles by Goulthorpe and on the work of dECOi and HypoSurface in journals.



Voluptuous Architecture 
MAR 7 at 2pm
Rm 714
Foundation Bldg    
Architecture can now become voluptuous -and that does not mean that at it jettisons the line or embraces the curve. Re-think architecture as a bottom-heavy construct, barely escaping  symmetry, succumbing to gravity and being legibly informed by its forces. Shaped by a counter-aesthetic theory that aspires to re-conceptualise antiquated notions of 'kallos' revolving around metrics and proportions, and contemporary aesthetics of reduction and hype-rarticulation, Voluptuous Architecture negotiates surface and massing, austerity and lavishness, the complex and the monolithic , the beautiful , the weird and the grotesque. 


Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture,
1925 - 1970  
On View
JAN 29-MAR 23      




Kevin Bone, Curator and Director of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, will be giving a gallery tour on this Saturday 9 March beginning at 1pm. 
For more information and to attend please contact


Lessons From Modernism examines selected works of architecture completed between 1925-1970 through the lens of sustainability.  
PLEASE NOTE: Exhibition will now be on view through March 23, 2013. 




Image: Installation view

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




Theo Stewart-Stand (A '99)
Yarminiah Rosa (A' 12)
Isaac Nichols (A' 12)
MAR 12 at 12PM
Alumni Space, 3rd Fl
Student Residence




Theo Stewart-Stand will present works and discuss his small design company, Cockroach and Company, which focuses on developing environmentally progressive design through the use of innovative materials and processes. Works include an ultra-efficient lamp that reflects light on two sides.


Yarminiah Rosa creates works through her enterprise, Purpose, an accessory line dedicated to transforming ordinary objects into absolutely gorgeous accessories. Purpose hopes to empower its supporters with its message of creativity, motivation, and its will to make something out of nothing. 


Isaac Nichols will show an emerging series of functional objects that emphasize an expressive handmade aesthetic.


Sponsored by Career Center and Alumni Affairs



For an archive of posters of past presentations, please go here.


Image credit: Purpose, Yarminiah Rosa 

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD)
March 11, 2013
$1,000 Fellowship
awarded to winning team 

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design is soliciting proposals from student teams by any department to develop and execute an art/design performance related to the theme of energy generation. They are expecting the selected winning team to perform their proposal in the framework of the New Museum's IDEAS CITY festival on May 4, 2013.
An interdisciplinary team of art, architecture and engineering students is currently working on developing an off-grid lighting installation for the 4th East cultural district through the Feltman lighting seminar. The selected "performance" team of fellows will be expected to work in collaboration with the lighting seminar and devise ways of interacting with the light installation. 



2013 LA MAMA SHOW: Tap Dat Capital
Call for Exhibition Proposals
March 15, 2013  
The School of Art at The Cooper Union has been asked to continue our partnership with La MaMa La Galleria located on 6 East 1st Street. For this exhibition, they are seeking "proposals for proposals". The intention is to exhibit drawings or models or instructions for things which have not yet been realized, or are perhaps unrealizable: Schematics for would-be urban interventions and experiments in the public realm; alternative cartographies or maps of dreamscapes; impossible diagrams; utopian proposals and manifestoes; directions for poetic gestures; designs for devices of economic justice or sustainability; and radical imaginings of all sorts.

Submissions are open to current students from all three schools of The Cooper Union.

This year the La MaMa exhibition will be a part of The New Museum's IDEAS City festival, entitled Untapped Capital.

Fourth Year Architecture Students
April 1, 2013  
The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Program encourages juniors (and fourth year architect students) to submit project proposals (deadline April 1st 2013). Winning projects are completed over the summer 2013. In the fall winners prepare an exhibition of their projects for the yearly and prestigious "Menschel Exhibition" (November 2013). The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

Please check the website in the coming weeks for an updated application form. 

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 ... 
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 ...
NEW!! CALL FOR ENTRIES: PERMANENT NEW YORK CITY MEMORIAL | The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition seeks entries for an international design competition to honor the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its legacy. Designers have the chance to cover almost the entire fašade of the New York City building where the blaze occurred. Anyone with an idea is encouraged to submit. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 29, 2013.  learn more ...
NEW!! BERKELEY PRIZE TEACHING FELLOWSHIP | Starting in 2013, the Berkeley Prize Committee broadens the scope of the activities of the prize by offering faculty who teach undergraduate architectural design an academic-year Teaching Fellowship. The primary goal for the Berkeley Prize Teaching Fellowship is to focus students' attention on the social and physical characteristics of the proposed users of the buildings and spaces they design.  DEADLINE April 1, 2013  learn more ...
NEW!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LOG | Since its inception in September 2003, the journal Log has sought to present through writing the kinds of thinking and concepts that drive the making of architecture today. In Pursuit of Architecture, a special tenth anniversary issue of the magazine, will feature ten buildings that have contributed to architectural discourse between 2003 and 2013. Architects age 59 and younger are invited to submit ONE building project completed or started between 2003 and 2013 for publication in this celebratory issue. DEADLINE: April 15, 2013  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 ... 

MoMA SYMPOSIUM | Anthony Vidler and Stephen Rustow will participate in the upcoming symposium Revising Labrouste in the Digital Age. Vidler will moderate the panel discussion "Reading Alone in Public: The Library and the Spaces of Information from the 19th to the 21st centuries." Rustow will introduce and moderate the panel discussion "Learning with and from Labrouste." The event, which is held in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, will take place March 28, 2013 at MoMA. learn more ...
CONSTRUCTS YALE ARCHITECTURE | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa has contributed the article  "Eisenman's Palladian Virtuality: Ahistoric Parametric Undecidability," in the Spring 2013 issue of Yale Architecture's Constructs.  read more ...
COLUMBIA SYMPOSIUM | Eduardo Cadava participated in the Spring 2013 Symposium Honoring the Work of Patricia Williams on March 1, 2013 held at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.  learn more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | juror | Permanent New York City Art Memorial to the 1911 Triangle Fire, Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, New York, NY 

Maurice Cox (AR '83) | speaker | "Public Space, Democracy, and Equality: For the People, by the People, of the People?" as part of the Putting Public Space in its Place symposium, Harvard GSD Conference on Public Space, Harvard Graduate School of Design, March 8, 2013

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Ban's Cardboard Cathedral Rises in Christchurch," The Architectural Record, February 25, 2013

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | speaker | "Public Space, Democracy, and Equality: For the People, by the People, of the People?" as part of the Putting Public Space in its Place symposium, Harvard GSD Conference on Public Space, Harvard Graduate School of Design, March 8, 2013

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | lecture | "Inurgent Public Space," The School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, February 15, 2013

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | editor | Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking, Routledge, February 2013

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | lecture | "In Motion & Repose: Louis Kahn's Memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, March 21, 2013

Anthony Titus (AR '98) | panel discussion | "Possible > Futures(s) of Architecture," School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, The University of Maryland, February 20, 2013


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