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Upcoming Lectures
Film Screening: Film by Diana Agrest
Student Lecture Series: Irene Sunwoo
Center for Career Development: Resource Fair
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty and Alumni News

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.



Irene Sunwoo: The Rainmaker
Nov 14 at 6:30PM
RM 315F
Irene Sunwoo is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. She recently completed a PhD at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Her current research focuses on the pedagogical theories and work of Alvin Boyarsky, former chairman of the Architectural Association in London. She is the editor of a forthcoming book on Boyarsky's International Institute of Design Summer Sessions, and the author of articles that have appeared in AA Files, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Grey Room.

Excavating an Ancient City - 
Life and People of Aphrodisias
Nov 18 at 2PM
RM 315F

Alexander Sokolicek is the Field Director of the excavations of Aphrodisias, Turkey, a dig under the auspices of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. As a Classical Archaeologist he focuses on the study of humankind's adaptation to the environment: how did people live? what choices did they make? what can the study of mankind tell us about ourselves?

Dr. Sokolicek studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Vienna (PhD 2003). He has participated in several archaeological excavations, especially in Italy (1995-2008), Ephesus, Turkey (1997-2011), Antioch in Pisidia (2010-2011), and now Aphrodisias on which he will report in his lecture.


Opportunity for Students and Alumni
Nov 7 at 2:30
Tisch School of the Arts

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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4TH YEAR DESIGN STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES | The following opportunities are open to students who will be entering their final year of study in September 2014: 
MOA Architecture Scholarship and Internship: Submissions due in January 2014 
2014 Hart Howerton Fellowship: Deadline is January 17, 2014


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 ...



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 ... 
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 ...
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.  Deadline: December 20, 2013  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: 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.  Deadline: January 7, 2014   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 ... 

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 ... 

PANEL DISCUSSION | Elizabeth O'Donnell will participate on the Dean's Roundtable discussion as part of the "2013 Architecture Schools Exhibition" organized by the Center for Architecture, New York, NY. The exhibition features student work from 14 New York area schools including The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.  learn more ...

INTERFACE INC. AWARD | The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is pleased to announce that Buckminster Fuller Challenge sponsor, Interface, Inc., has chosen to recognize Waterbank Schools, headed by New York-based designers and social entrepreneurs David Turnbull and Jane Harrison, with a special award of support in this year's Challenge cycle. Waterbank Schools is a transformative building prototype developed by PITCHAfrica, that is a working demonstration of the remarkable leveraging power of water catchment as a socially integrated resource awareness and community engagement tool.   learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Christina Goberna with Urtzi Grau participated in the group exhibition "San Rocco: Book of Copies" held at the AA Gallery, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, England. The exhibition is on view through November 11, 2013.  learn more ...

SYMPOSIUM | Gia Wolff will be a participant at the Urban Design Symposium Beyond the Studio: Mojdeh Barataloo held at the GSAPP Columbia University on November 9, 2103  learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Emmy Mikelson will have work included in the exhibition "Superposition: Observing Realities" held at the Trinity Museum, New York, NY. The exhibition is on view November 14 through December 14, 2013.  learn more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | guest speaker | America-Israel Cultural Foundation 74th Annual Gala Celebration, New York, NY, November 24, 2013

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | news | "Toshiko Mori to Design New Center for Maine Contemporary Art,"
Architectural Record, October 29, 2013 

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | book launch | ARCHITECTURE or CAPITALISM / ARCHITECTURE and CAPITALISM, edited by Peggy Deamer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY, November 5, 2013

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | panelist | Jane Jacobs Forum: Women as City Builders, Municipal Art Society, New York, NY, November 21, 2013 

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Q&A: Shigeru Ban," Azure Magazine, November/December 2013 

Thomas Scheerer (AR '85) | review | "New book shows rooms by Tom Scheerer," Orange County Register, October 25, 2013 

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | article | "Four Freedoms Park to Be Featured on Next TREASURES OF NEW YORK,"
Broadway World, October 17, 2013

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | Seidler Architectural Foundation Lecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 8, 2013

Sean Gaffney (AR '12) | contributorCLOG: UNPUBLISHED, November 2013

Daniel Wills (AR '12) | contributorCLOG: UNPUBLISHED, November 2013

Eze Imade Eribo (AR '13) | news | "Alumni Profile," The Cooper Union Alumni Newsletter, October 2013


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