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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.



Ecovative and Waterbank Schools
Nov 18 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
Keynote by John Picard, architect and world-renowned sustainability expert

2013 Challenge Prize Awarded to Ecovative - Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre
Interface Support Awarded by CEO Dan Hendrix to Waterbank Schools - David Turnbull, Jane Harrison

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) will award the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge prize to Ecovative, a materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on mushrooms on November 18th at The Cooper Union. In addition, Challenge sponsor Interface Inc. will convey an award of support to the Waterbank Schools, headed by designers and social entrepreneurs David Turnbull, a professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, and Jane Harrison, for its transformative building prototype for poor areas in need of water. 


The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is supported by Interface, Inc., Halloran Philanthropies + others. The event is made possible through partnerships with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and The Buckminster Fuller Institute.  This is a Marfa Dialogues / NY Event


Redefining Infrastructure
Nov 18 at 1PM
RM 315F

A presentation by Jackson Koeppel of Soulardarity about the power of distributed energy generation and community infrastructure ownership in Detroit.
Soulardarity is facilitating the installation of 200 community-owned solar-powered streetlights in Highland Park, a three-square-mile city within Detroit where most utility- owned street lights were repossessed in 2011. Soulardarity is using the innovative technology of off-grid solar as a tool to redefine how infrastructure is planned, built, and owned, and the many ways in which new technology can facilitate social change. Soulardarity's mission is to help economically-deprived communities find solutions to a range of problems by redefining infrastructure and forming new models of civic participation. Jackson Koeppel is a founder of Soulardarity and a member of Grand Aspirations, a national non-profit empowering young leaders to build a green and just economy.

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.

Adjaye Associates
Nov 21 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. David Adjaye will present his work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with moderator Gregg Pasquarelli.

David Adjaye founded the practice Adjaye Associates in London in 2000, and has since expanded the office to the United States, Germany, and Ghana. Engaging issues of place and identity, Adjaye Associates, in its own words, seeks to create "buildings [that] belong to yet diverge from their contexts, absorbing and animating difference rather than homogenizing it." Sensitivity to materials, color, shape, and light informs the work on all scales. The office's projects range from pavilion and exhibition design, the Dirty House residence, and the Idea Store/Whitechapel Road educational and information center in London to two neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., the Sugar Hill social housing scheme in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Adjaye Associates is currently designing the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. 
Image: Adjaye Associates-Moscow School of Management, Moscow, Russia. | photo: Ed Reeve

Cranbook Academy of Art
Nov 21 at 6PM
41 Cooper Square

Sarah Turner is the Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. 
She will present work and discuss the academic programs. 
No undergraduates 
No classes 
No A's, B's, C's, D's or F's 
No part-time faculty 
No ugly buildings 
Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is a preeminent graduate school of architecture, art, and design. The Academy is the only institution in the United States dedicated solely to graduate art education, granting the Master of Architecture degree and the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture. 

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The journal Nova Organa activates theoretical and real work that does not consider the process of criticism separate from the process of its own production.  We accept written and visual work that utilizes new and forgotten methods of fiction, critique, and philosophy in the creation of art/architecture theory and thinking. The next issue will use "Architecture" as an epigraph/theme. Deadline: January 1, 2014  learn more ...
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


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 ... 

CONFERENCE | Lydia Kallipoliti will be a participant on the "Anorganic" panel as part of conference The New Normal: Experiments in Contemporary Generative Design held The University of Pennsylvania School of Design PennDesign on November 14-15, 2013. She will also be presenting the lecture "Mission Galactic Household" at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan on November 11, 2013.

SYMPOSIUM | Michael Webb will be a participant at the Archigram Symposium "Discontinuous Realities" held at the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State University on November 20, 2013.  learn more ... 

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | group exhibition | "Out of Hand," Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY, October 16, 2013-July 6, 2014

Toshiko Mori (AR '76) | publication | Cloudline: A House by Toshiko Mori, published by Hatje Cantz, 2013 
Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | news | "Upbeat Rhythm Sets New Tune for Affordable Housing," eOculus, November 6, 2013 
Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | news | "Eero Saarinen's Bell Labs, Reimagined," Architectural Record, October 17, 2013

Gerri Davis (AR '03) | group exhibition | "The Mind's Eye: Sight & Insight," Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, November 3-December 5, 2013


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Selections from the Lantern Slide Lantern

The Lantern Slide Collection was donated to The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive by The Cooper Union Library in 1987. This broad assortment of slides, formerly used to teach History of Architecture and Town Planning, encompasses historical sites, architecture, painting, sculpture, manuscripts, city planning, drawings, jewelry and mosaics from early history to the 20th Century.

Images from the collection are available for student and faculty research. These materials are also used by the Archive for the purpose of third floor hallway exhibits. An Ideal View, an exhibition of selected Lantern Slide reproductions on the subject of city planning, is currently on display through the end of November.
Image: Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Pampulha, Brazil. Oscar Neimeyer, 1943.
School of Architecture Archive historical background: In 1970 John Hejduk and Roger Canon, AR'70, established a methodology to document student work for the publication Education of An Architect: A Point of View, which coincided with an exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art in 1971. Supported by a recommendation of the 1980 National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Visiting Team, the Archive was established in 1983, and officially became a department of the School of Architecture in 1991. 


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