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Lecture: Nicholas Negroponte
Fulbright Information Session
Master Benefit Drawing Class with Sue Ferguson Gussow
Save the Date: In Celebration of Richard Knox's Life and Work
Open Calls and Opportunities
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M.ARCH.II 2012-2013
Advanced Design Studio 
Thesis Exhibition
Sept 12 at 6:30pm
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 St, 2nd Fl


Professor: Diana Agrest, FAIA 

Instructor: Lydia Xynogala


This exhibition presents the work of the Master of Architecture II graduate studio, focusing on the Thesis projects but presenting a selection of work from the entire academic year. The work represents an approach which, without prescribed boundaries, challenges the established frontiers of architecture through critical and visionary responses to contemporary issues, while simultaneously thinking and re-thinking architectural discourse itself. Time has been the subject of the studio, focusing on the Urban Dimension and Nature. 


Based on the subjects developed in the previous semesters, individual thesis proposals were made on subjects of each student's choice, developed with extraordinary drawings and models. 


Between Land and Water: Mangroves and Anaerobic Natural Structures. 

Military Urbanism: The City as Enactment of Segregation: Cape Town, South Africa 

Clouds as Environment: Transformational Tools: Sahara Dessert, Sudan 

The Three Gorges Dam In China: The Real And Filmic. Based On The Film Still Life By Jia Zhangke 

Colliding Matter: Meteoric Impact and its Effects: Meteor Crater, Arizona 

Fluctuating City: Topography of Population Activity in Manhattan 

City of Waters: Floods in Bangkok, Thailand 


Exhibition on view September 12 at 6:30pm, through October 5

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12-7pm



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Image: (Project title) Growth in Anoxic Conditions 

Distinguished Lecture
Sept 17 at 7PM
Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 East 7 Street
Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Lab, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

The Jack & Lewis Rudin Charles E. Schaffner distinguished lecture series was established by Jack and Lewis Rudin, two of New York's illustrious business and civic leaders, in honor of Cooper Union alumnus Charles E. Schaffner, a civil engineering graduate of 1941. Topics that the speakers address explore the larger interdisciplinary impact of technology and science both nationally and internationally.


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with Josephine Halvorson (A '03)
Sept 17 at 12PM
RM 104
41 Cooper Square
Interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant?

Want to learn more about pursuing project-based work abroad?

Josephine Halvorson will talk about her experience studying painting and printmaking as a Fulbright Fellow in Vienna, Austria. She will also present her current work.

Ms. Halvorson makes oil paintings on site. She finds objects in their environment that she feels "look back" by revealing traces of human activity. Working directly from perception, Ms. Halvorson's process allows for a prolonged closeness and shared experience with her chosen subjects. This collaboration between artist, materials, and environment forges a painting that serves as a record of the artist's conversation with the world and a testament to time spent.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Her solo exhibitions "Side By Side" at Galerie Nelson-Freeman in Paris, "What Looks Back" at Sikkema Jenkins & Co., and "Clockwise From Window" at Monya Rowe have been widely reviewed. Group exhibitions include "Americanana" curated by Katy Siegel at Hunter College, and "Still" curated by Peter Fleissig at Frith Street Gallery, London.

Ms. Halvorson received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. She is a Critic in the MFA program at Yale University, teaches painting to undergraduates at Princeton University and The Cooper Union, and is a regular visiting critic in the MFA program at Columbia University. She has lectured widely on her work at educational and cultural institutions throughout the United States.

Peter Buckley, Associate Professor of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences and The Cooper Union's Fulbright Program Advisor, will join Ms. Halvorson to provide information and field questions about applying for a Fulbright Grant.

Organized by the Center for Career Development 



Master Drawing Class with
Sue Ferguson Gussow
October 3, 10, 17, 24
The Cooper Union
Pre-Register Now



Professor Emerita Sue Ferguson Gussow (A'56) has taught drawing at The Cooper Union for over 40 years. This special Master Drawing Class benefiting The Cooper Union will include four intense evenings

of drawing instruction and critique.

Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
6:30 to 9:30 pm | Classes held at The Cooper Union

The only pre-requisite is the love of drawing.

Pre-register now with a minimum contribution of $1,500.
Proceeds to benefit The Cooper Union Annual Fund and the School of Architecture.  

Enrollment is very limited! Deadline to register is Friday, September 27.

Please contact Jennifer Durst at 212.353.4165 or




of Richard Knox's Life and Work
October 20, 3-5pm
Houghton Gallery
The Cooper Union
Please Save the Date:

In Celebration of Richard Knox's Life and Work

At the Cooper Union
Houghton Gallery - 2nd Floor 
Sunday, October 20, 2013  3:00 - 5:00 pm

Reception in the Sculpture Shop (4th Floor) to follow
(There will be hotdogs. Plaid shirt optional)

If you would like to leave a message, or have a story or memory to share, please visit  



DESIGN PROJECT COMMISSIONS | Designers: Be commissioned to design textiles, furniture, lighting or other furnishings for your neighbors in New York City! DDC's Built/NYC program will be issuing five new projects in the first two weeks of October. They will include commissions for the Sculpture Center in Queens, Ocean Breeze Athletic Center, Staten Island Museum, and Bed-Stuy Youth Arts Center. Designers who want to be considered for all of these projects must have submitted their qualifications by close of business on Friday, September 13, 2013. learn more ...


PUBLIC MURALS | First Street Green, in cooperation with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, calls for ideas and volunteer support for an initiative to paint murals on the plywood walls installed in First Park, along the north side of Houston Street near Second Avenue. Each selected artist will be assigned a site within a designated sub-section of the panels. These panels will be repainted on a rotating basis, with an average duration of 2 to 3 months. Proposals can involve single sections or multiple section designs. Deadline: September 13, 2013  learn more ...  


DESIGN COMPETITION | To launch The Architect's Newspaper's Southwest edition and to kick-off YKK AP's expansion in the region, AN and YKK AP are inviting architects, designers, artists, and students to enter an Astrodome Reuse Design Ideas Competition. Top five winners will receive cash prizes and be published in AN Southwest. Register by September 17, 2013  learn more ... 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Interior Design is now accepting submissions for their "Best of Year 2013." Product and project submissions Deadline Extended: September 13, 2013  learn more ...  


BARRIER BEAUTIFICATION OPEN CALL | The DOT, in collaboration with the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit and New York Cares, invites artists and designers to submit proposals to produce murals for barrier sites citywide. Selected artists are granted $2,500 to finalize a design, produce stencils to translate the design onto the barriers and lead volunteers in the implementation process. 

Deadline Extended: September 13, 2013. learn more ...

CONFERENCE SUBMISSIONS | The Mediated City conference offers a platform for multiple and diverse examinations of the city. It aims to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and fragment, multiply and reconfigure our readings of the city; to offer multiple and conflicting discipline perspectives. Deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2013.  learn more ...  


STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal is accepting research articles of all shapes and sizes and disciplines (natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences, etc.), written in class or on your own time. To submit an article or for more information on the journal, please email: Deadline: September 15, 2013.  
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY | A 20% discount on textbooks is being offered through September 18th. Now until September 18th use discount code DRK79 and receive 20% off all titles. Offer valid only with web orders at,, or 


DESIGN COMPETITION | The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and HP are pleased to announce the 5th Advanced Architecture Contest, on the theme of SELF-SUFFICIENT HABITAT. The competition is open to architects, engineers, planners and designers who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, architecture, and urban planning. Deadline: September 30, 2013  learn more ...   


DOT ONGOING OPEN CALL | The DOT collaborates with organization-artist teams to present short-term interventions at a DOT owned and maintained site within the five boroughs. Projects that remain installed for at least 3 months and are produced in conjunction with a not-for-profit organization are eligible to receive up to $1,500 towards project costs to cover installation and removal of the artwork. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. learn more ... 


PRODUCT DESIGN | Frameri announces an eyewear design competition. Designers are asked to design frames around Frameri's innovative lens shapes for a chance to have their design put into production. Deadline Extended: September 23, 2013. learn more ... 
OPEN CALL: RESIDENCY IN FINLAND | Since 2010, the Arteles Creative Residency Program in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, has welcomed over 220 selected artists and creative professionals to explore, experiment and expand their creative practice and thinking, to produce original works and to collaborate with other energetic and ambitious artistic minds for a concentrated period of time from 1 to 3 months. Accepted fields of study include: Visual Arts, Media Art, Music and Sound, Performing Arts, Design, Architecture, Literature Research, Philosophy. Deadline: September 27, 2013   learn more ...


DESIGN COMPETITION | Warming Huts v. 2014 is launching a Call for Proposals to select design teams to create three (3) new, unique shelters for the Forks Rivertrail, on the Assiniboine River, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The shelters will be installed along the world's longest skating trail ( between the end of January, and the beginning of March, 2014. This is the fourth annual competition launched for the Warming Huts. Deadline: September 30, 2013 at 2pm CST   learn more ...


DESIGN COMPETITION | Badi 2013: International Green Building Design Competition. We wish the participants explore the possibilities of the green architecture's future on the criteria of energy conservation and architecture design. Registration deadline: October 10, 2013.  learn more ...   
DESIGN COMPETITION | Blank Space will soon be launching the world's first narrative-based architecture competition. The proposals will combine text-based architectural fairy tales with innovative graphic representations. This includes renderings, typical architectural drawings (plans, sections, elevations), and diagrams, combined with a text-based narrative, that combine together to form a unique architectural fairy tale. Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2013  learn more ...

EXHIBITION REVIEW | Tamar Zinguer's review of the MoMA exhibition "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000", which was held July-November 2012, was recently published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Volume 72, Number 3/September 2013. learn more ...

CONFERENCE | Lydia Xynogala will present her paper "S, Sulfur: Building, Material, Program" at the Artefacts Annual Conference titled "Modern Chemistry and Material Science: Artefacts Tell the Story. The conference will be held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia this October. The meeting examines how artefacts - both scientific, commercial, and everyday objects - can provide a material record of modern science and the public's engagement with science and technology. learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Emmy Mikelson will be exhibiting her work in a two-person show at Valentine Gallery opening Friday 13 September. The exhibition is on view through October 6. learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | shortlist | "State Department Shortlists Three Design Teams for U.S. Embassy in Lebanon," The Architect's Newspaper blog, September 6, 2013

Curtis B. Wayne (AR '75) | book review | "The Indicator: Toward A Fourth Architecture," Archdaily, August 22, 2013

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | lecture | Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, September 16, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "On Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art & Collaborative Design," Tusculum, Sydney, Australia, August 27, 2013

Freecell Architecture (John Hartmann, AR '00) | news | "Canopy Tactics," The Architect's Newspaper, September 5, 2013

Michael Scaduto (AR '03) | instructor | ARE Prep Summer Series: SSDivision-Vignette focus, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, August 28, 2013

SITU Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | environment | Architectural League Beaux Arts Ball 2013: -ism, New York, NY, September 28, 2013 


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