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Upcoming Lectures: Willem Jan Neutelings; Thomas Phifer; and Charles Simonds
Exhibition on view through Nov 8 | Richard Knox: In the Details
Film Screening: Film by Diana Agrest
Center for Career Development Events
News: Cooper Union in the 2013 Arch Schools Exhibition
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty and Alumni News
New Architecture in Brno
Oct 31 at 6PM
Rm 315
Foundation Building

Final lecture by VladimÝr Slapeta this week. 

VladimÝr Slapeta, Hon FAIA, graduated from the Czech University of Technology in Prague. From 1973-91 he was Head of the Architecture Collection of the National Museum of Technology in Prague, where he organized a series of exhibitions: The Brno Functionalists in Helsinki, 1983; Czech Functionalism 1918-1938 at the AA in London; and Czech Cubism at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he became Dean of the Architecture Faculty in Prague from 1991-97 and again from 2003-2006, and later in Brno from 2006-2010. He is a Fellow of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin, where he served as Deputy Director of the Architecture Department from 1997-2006. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books on architecture of the 20th century in Central Europe.

Images from the Mixing Layer
Oct 30 at 6PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
Is Manhattan sitting in a cloud of methane?

Odorless, invisible, lighter-than-air methane is a significant urban pollutant that is a potential crisis in the making.

Developed by artists Ruth Hardinger and Rebecca Smith as a confluence of climate change research, environmental activism and artistic practice, EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer initiates new ways of sourcing information, sharing and expressing data. The project draws upon a scientific study conducted by Gas Safety Inc. under the aegis of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability which utilized highly sensitive technology to measure fugitive methane emissions over 160 miles of roadway in Manhattan.

Panel Participants:

Al Appleton, Moderator; Senior Fellow for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design; former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection 
Barbara Arrindell, Artist; founder and Director of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability 
Ruth Hardinger, Artist 
Bryce Payne, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Senior Fellow of Wake Forest University CEES, Winston-Salem, NC 
Rebecca Smith, Artist 
Samara Swanston, Legislative Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of New York City Council


current work

Neutelings Riedijk Architects
Nov 4 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Willem Jan Neutelings is a founding principal of the Rotterdam-based firm Neutelings Riedijk. From its inception, the firm has been noted, in the words of curator and critic Aaron Betsky, for its ability to shape its designs "to create a figure, or sculpted object, in the landscape." Beginning with early projects such as the Minnaert University Building, Utrecht, and a number of housing developments throughout the Netherlands, the firm has continued to synthesize complex programming to create educational, civic, and residential projects that are recognized for their "iconic and expressive capacity."

Many of the firm's projects have been commissioned through international competitions. The firm's work has received many accolades, notably for the Museum aan de Stroom and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. The office received the BNA-Kubus/Biennial Prize for entire oeuvre from the Dutch Architects Union in 2010.

Moderator: Lyn Rice is a principal of Rice+Lipka Architects and is a member of the League's Board of Directors.


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Exhibition on view through November 8
Houghton Gallery
Foundation Bldg, 2nd Fl
7 East 7 Street
Richard Knox, Cooper Union School of Art alum, shop technician, artist and friend, passed away on July 4th 2013. For over two decades he mentored artists, architects, makers and thinkers during their time in the Sculpture Shop. Richard was a dedicated artist and a meticulous craftsperson. As students and colleagues will attest, he approached each problem with a unique creative intensity. 

Landscape  Body  Dwelling
Nov 12 at 12PM
Rm 315
Foundation Bldg
Since the beginning of the 1970s, New York-based artist Charles Simonds (American, b. 1945) has developed a unique practice at the intersection of sculpture, performance, street art, activism, and utopian city planning. Addressing the condition of being human through its fundamental relation to Earth and the built environment, Simonds's work is an inquiry into building as a way of thinking and architecture as an indicator of who we are. As a young man, Simonds built miniature "dwellings" in gutters and crevasses of buildings in Manhattan's Lower East Side-habitats for the Little People, an imaginary population whose history, sociology, and beliefs Simonds documented in films and writing. In addition to footage of these dwellings, films of rituals enacted by the artist, at the core of the artist's mythology, will be screened, followed by a presentation by Simonds of his practice at large.   

Text: Stephanie Weber, New York
Image: Dwelling, PS 1, New York, 1975, clay, sand, and wood. Charles Simonds. courtesy of the artist 

Thomas Phifer and Partners
Nov 12 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Thomas Phifer, who founded his New York City-based firm Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, "approaches modernism," in his own words, "from a humanistic standpoint, connecting the built environment to the natural world with a heightened sense of openness and community spirit that is based on a collaborative, interdisciplinary process." The firm's work includes the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, as well as a number of residential commissions in the Hudson River Valley.

Current projects, designed with "a natural economy of elements through order grounded in nature and predicated on conservation" include an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; a new museum for the Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland; a Federal Office Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and houses in Madison, Wisconsin and Dallas. 
Moderator: Susan Rodriguez is a founding partner and design principal at Ennead Architects and is a member of the League's Board of Directors.


Image: Thomas Phifer-Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY | rendering: By-Encore

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984
Film Screening
Nov 13 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
A documentary written, produced and directed by Diana Agrest

A public screening of the film will be held in The Great Hall of The Cooper Union on Wednesday 13 November at 7pm with a reception to follow.

This event is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

About the film:

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, founded in 1967 with close ties to The Museum of Modern Art, made New York the global center for architectural debate and redefined architectural discourse in the United States. A place of immense energy and effervescence, its founders and participants were young and hardly known at the time but would ultimately shape architectural practice and theory for decades. Agrest's film documents and explores the Institute's fertile beginnings and enduring significance as a locus for the avant-garde. The film features Mark Wigley, Peter Eisenman, Diana Agrest, Charles Gwathmey, Mario Gandelsonas, Richard Meier, Kenneth Frampton, Barbara Jakobson, Frank Gehry, Anthony Vidler, Deborah Berke, Rem Koolhaas, Stan Allen, Suzanne Stephens, Bernard Tschumi, Joan Ockman, among others.

Panel discussion and reception to follow.



The Center for Career Development has organized several upcoming events and opportunities for current Cooper Union Students and Alumni


NOV 3 | 2PM  Off-site Studio Vist with William Villalongo (A '99)

William Villalongo is a Brooklyn-based artist and lecturer in painting/printmaking at Yale University.His work was first introduced to the public through his residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2004 and PS1 Contemporary Art Center's Greater New York 2005 exhibition. It has also been exhibited in the Studio Museum in Harlem's Frequency exhibition in 2005 and El Museo del Barrio's fifth biennial The (S) Files in 2007. 

RSVP Required.

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NOV 5 | 12PM  Lecture by Heidi Hahn (A' 06)
Heidi Hahn will present her work and discuss life in the post-Cooper condition. To learn more about her work, see

Located in the Alumni Space at the Student Residence, 3rd Floor. Lunch will be provided.

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NOV 7 | 2:30PM  Artist Resource Fair
NYU Tisch School of the Arts's Office of Career Development is hosting an Artist Resource Fair in partnership with The Cooper Union's Center for Career Development. The Artist Resource Fair is intended to teach students and alumni about not-for-profit organizations and resources that will support their professional practices.

RSVP Required.

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arch schools
Nov 16, 6pm-8pm
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Pl
The Center for Architecture's ninth annual architecture schools exhibition showcases exemplary student work from 14 New York area schools: The City College of New York, Columbia University, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cornell University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University. Join us to hear the school of architecture Deans discuss current directions in architectural education.


George Ranalli, AIA, Elizabeth O'Donnell, AIA, Judith DiMaio, AIA, Urs P. Gauchat, Hon. AIA, Brian McGrath, AIA, Tom Hanrahan, AIA, Kent Kleinman, AIA, Evan Douglis, Robert Shibley, FAIA, Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Winka Dubbeldam, FAIA, Mark Wigley, Michael Speaks, Alejandro Zaera-Polo. 




GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR PAPERS | The University of Oregon Department of the History of Art and Architecture invites papers for its 10th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. This cross-cultural, interdisciplinary symposium will explore the theme of "the copy," interpreted in the broadest sense to include any form of replication, reproduction, or forgery across all time periods, media and geographic regions. While both the art market and the art historical discipline have tended to prioritize the value of the original art object over its copy, an increasingly globalized society saturated with easily available reproductions in a variety of media requires us to reconsider the complex relationship between the copy and its original. Applicants may consider but are not limited to the cultural, theoretical, historical and commercial aspects of this topic. Deadline: December 20, 2013  learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FOLLY 2014 | Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to apply for Folly, a design/build studio residency from March-May 2014 leading to an exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2014. Proposals for large-scale projects and installations are welcome that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are structures that often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape. Deadline: January 7, 2014   learn more ...

GENSLER INTERN PROGRAM | Gensler is currently reviewing applications for our Global Intern program. Gensler invites global students to join our creative studio environment as we redefine what's possible through the power of design. Applications are reviewed monthly and outstanding applicants may be contracted by Gensler when an opportunity opens. Deadline: Ongoing.   learn more ...  

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY | Van Alen Institute (VAI) is seeking volunteers to assist our small staff at programs and events. We are hoping to build a core group of dedicated volunteers, so we ask that each volunteer commits to working a minimum of 4 events per year. Volunteers should have an interest in VAI's mission, its past and current work, and in cities, design, and/or planning. Deadline: Ongoing. learn more ... 
2014 BERKELEY PRIZE: ESSAY COMPETITION | The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. This year the topic for the Essay Competition is: The Architect and the Healthful Environment. Deadline: November 1, 2013  learn more ... 


RFP: LOS ANGELES BASED ARCHITECTS | SKYLINE is a free, ten-day, annual architecture and art event that showcases site specific, experimental, interactive installations that embrace Los Angeles' ever-evolving cultural landscape. SKYLINE participants will consist of eight local architect(s) and artist(s) via an RFP process, and eight national and international teams invited by SKLYINE's prestigious host committee. Deadline: November 1, 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. Early Registration Deadline: November 8, 2013  learn more ...


SAH FILM AND VIDEO AWARD | The SAH Award for Film and Video was established in 2013 to recognize annually the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment. Deadline: December 1, 2013 learn more ...

FOUNDATION FOR LANDSCAPE STUDIES 2014 BOOK PRIZE | There are two prizes for publications on landscape and garden design awarded for 2014. Deadline for nominations: December 1, 2013  
FELLOWSHIP | OfficeUS is seeking five fellows to take on the role of Principals during the 2014 Venice Biennale at the US Pavilion. The work of OfficeUS will be published as a book and exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in the spring of 2015. Deadline: December 2, 2013.  learn more ...

CALL FOR PAPERS | The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities After Disasters' (CRSCAD) forthcoming International Conference on Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: The Role of Architectural, Planning and Engineering Education, is currently accepting abstracts. Deadline: December 3, 2013. learn more ...


CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS: CALL FOR PAPERS AND ARTWORKS | SBU Philosophy and the Arts Conference: Fašades: the Architecture of (In)Authenticity, April 11-12th 2014. The 2014 conference will explore the vicissitudes of the Fašade - its place, importance, and structure. Deadline: January 12, 2014. learn more ... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Living Cities design competition asks professionals and students in architecture and engineering to share their vision of multi-use residential towers for the 21st century. Sponsored by Metropolis magazine. Deadline: January 3, 2014  learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: SAH | 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, the Society of Architectural Historians. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organizations, as well as future members to chair a session at the conference. Deadline: January 15, 2013  learn more ... 
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: VELUX AWARD | The International VELUX Award encourages students of architecture to explore the theme of sunlight and daylight in its widest sense to create a deeper understanding of this specific and ever relevant source of light and energy. The Award is global and open to any registered student of architecture backed by a teacher from a school of architecture. Register by March 3, 2014. learn more ... 

COLUMBIA CONFERENCE | Anthony Vidler will be a participant in the conference Documentary Remains, held at the Columbia GSAPP on November 14, 2013. learn more ...

SCI-ARC LECTURE | Joan Ockman will deliver the lecture "Between Ornament and Monument: Siegfried Kracauer and the Substance of the Surface," at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, CA on November 20, 2013. learn more ...

MOMA EXHIBITION | Situ Studio, where Wes Rozen is partner, has been selected as part of six teams to create projects for the "Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities" exhibition organized by the Museum of Modern Art. The six teams will examine how tactical urbanism can be used to address challenges in six global megacities: New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lagos, Mumbai, and Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition will be on view from November 22, 2014 to May 10, 2015. learn more ... 


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | solo exhibition | "Never Say the Eye Is Rigid: Architectural Drawings by Daniel Libeskind," Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 23-December 23, 2013

Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | book review | "Architect Alexander Gorlin's New Book Showcases Kabbalah in Architecture," Architectural Digest, October 17, 2013

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | participant | Documentary Remains, conference, Columbia University GSAPP, November 15, 2013

Evan Douglis (AR '83) | participant | Arch Schools 2013 Exhibition Reception and Deans' Roundtable, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, November 16, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | panelist | Midnight and Modernism in Moscow, Architecture and Design Film Festival, New York, NY, October 20, 2013

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | exhibition participant | "MoMA Gets Tactical About Megacities," The Architect's Newspaper blog, October 17, 2013


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