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Lessons from Modernism: Architect's Newspaper Review
Final Lecture by Dr. Steward Pickett
Student Opportunites: Menschel Fellowship
New Opportunities: CCA Fellowships | Calls for Submissions
Faculty & Alumni News
SPRING RECESS Building Hours

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.


Review in Architect's Newspaper  
On View
JAN 29-MAR 23      


William Menking reviews the exhibition "Lessons From Modernism" currently on view in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery.


"Lessons From Modernism is the smartest and most compelling exhibition ever mounted in New York (and maybe anywhere) on the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design. This Cooper Union exhibition looks at and analyzes 25 iconic modern buildings from architects like Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé, and Oscar Niemeyer. Conceived and curated by Cooper Union Professor Kevin Bone, Lessons From Modernism brilliantly demonstrates how these and other important modern architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and 'explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture.' ..."

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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




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.

Download the application form here 

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.
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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 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 façade 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!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | With relatively few outlets devoted to architectural criticism today and a professional tendency to declare a new architectural movement every ten years or so, a staggering amount of built work goes unexamined. CLOG : UNPUBLISHED will critically examine completed buildings that have thus far flown under the radar and/or have been forgotten.  DEADLINE: April 1, 2013
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!! FELLOWSHIP | The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to invite applications for the 2013-2015 Vera List Center Fellowships. Two fellowships will be awarded, each spanning eight months and linked to the Vera List Center's curatorial focus theme for 2013-2015, Alignment
DEADLINE: April 8, 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 ...
NEW!! CCA YOUNG CURATOR PROGRAM | For the third year the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) offers two curatorial opportunities with the generous support of the Power Corporation of Canada: the Young Curator Program and the Curatorial Internships Program. DEADLINES: April 15, 2013 learn more ...
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 ...
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 ... 

PRINCETON LECTURE | Anthony Vidler will deliver the lecture "Reframing Enlightenment: Nature & Architecture from Ledoux to Latour," as part of the Princeton University Program in European Cultural Studies on March 26, 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 ...
EMERGING VOICES AND GSAPP LECTURES | Susannah Drake will present her firms current as part of the 2013 Emerging Voices lectures series on March 14, 2013. She also participated in Columbia University's "Rise: GSAPP Alumni Forum" panel discussion held at the New York Times Center on March 8, 2013.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | award | 2013 AIA New York Chapter Design Award, Project Merit Award, Columbia University Medical Center

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | solo exhibition | "Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings of Daniel Libeskind," Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Rome, Italy, March 11-April 30, 2013

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | award | 2013 AIA New York Chapter Design Award, Interior Honor Award, Sean Kelly Gallery

Joan Ockman (AR '80) | review | "Books:  Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America," Architecture Boston, Spring 2013

RUR Architecture PC (Jesse Reiser, AR '81; Nanako Umemoto, AR '83) | award | 2013 AIA New York Chapter Design Award, Architecture Honor Award, O-14

FREECELL (Lauren Crahan, John Hartmann AR '00) | lecture | Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, March 14, 2013

John Lin (AR '02) | article | "A House for All Seasons," Architectural Record, March 2013
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