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Waterbanks Schools receives Award of Support
Architecture Tour: Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse
Open Calls and Opportunities
Notes from the Archive
Ongoing Exhibitions & Events
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
2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) announced that the Buckminster Fuller Challenge sponsor, Interface, Inc., chose 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. Interface, the world's largest carpet tile company whose visionary founder Ray Anderson led a transformative movement to sustainable business, will work with Waterbank Schools over a six-month period to determine how best to leverage the company's expertise in support of the groundbreaking project's growth. 

BFI's partnership with Interface honors the synergies between the profoundly relevant legacies of Ray Anderson and Buckminster Fuller - "two forces of nature committed to designing a world that works." 

"We are thrilled to have an additional entrant recognized and supported in this year's Challenge," said Elizabeth Thompson, BFI's Executive Director, "Our mission is to support as many whole-systems approaches as we can, and Interface has joined us as dedicated contributors in the field." 

Waterbank Schools is a transformative building prototype developed by PITCH Africa, that is a working demonstration of the remarkable leveraging power of water catchment as a socially integrated resource awareness and community engagement tool. 

"The Waterbank School's simple design is an elegant and practical way of addressing sanitation, health, and education," said Dan Hendrix, chairman and CEO of Interface, Inc.

Read the complete Press Release here.

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

Image: Children gather in the WATERBANK School courtyard

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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Architectural Program, Tour & Reception
Dec 3 at 5PM
40 Foley Sq.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Cordially invites Cooper Union Alumni and Faculty to attend "An Evening at Thurgood" at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse.

Program Participants:

Discussion on Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse Infrastructure Upgrade Project
Project Manger - John Leeper (AR'85), Project Executive, fmr. Lend Lease LLP
Moderator - Scott Teman, Assistant Circuit Executive, US Courts for the Second Circuit
Client - Dennis Jacobs, Judge, US Courts for the Second Circuit
Architect - Lawrence Gutterman, Associate Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle
Engineer - Jim Standish, Senior Vice President, WSP - F&K
Contractor - Chris Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Cauldwell Wingate Company LLC

RSVP at When registering, please include university affiliation and any guests.

Image: Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, Five Elements West


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 ...
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The journal Nova Organa is accepting 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 ...

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 ... 

MOMA PS1 YAP FINALIST | Fake Industries Architectural Agonism with principals Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau have been selected as one of five finalists for MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program. The winning team will build a temporary pavilion in the courtyard of the contemporary art museum in Long Island City. Cristina Goberna also recently participated in the Spain GSD Lecture: Pedals, Cumbia and Other Beats at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on November 18, 2013.

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | lecture | George Anselevicius Memorial Lecture, University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning, Albuquerque, NM, November 7, 2013

Curtis B. Wayne (AR '75) | moderator | Design for the Digital Workplace, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, November 19, 2013

James Fleming (AR '81) | award | AIA/Westchester Hudson Valley 2013 Citation Award, Historic Restoration, East End Restoration, Larchmont Yacht Club 

Michael Morris (AR '89) | lecture | "Light Showers: Works of the Morris Sato Studio," Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, Japan, November 28, 2013 

Azin Valy (AR '90) | article | "Gear: Versatile scarf adds versatility and a bit of color," L.A. Times, Deals and News, November 4, 2013 

Berman Horn Studio (Bradley Horn, AR '94) | article | "Maysville," Architectural Record, November 2013 

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | participant | "Soviet Modernism: From Generic to the Iconic," Soviet Modernism: Forms of the Time conference, The Avant-Garde Center at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia, November 22, 2013 


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Selections from the Blueprints Collection

This collection consists of reproductions of drawings of primarily 20th Century works of architecture, as well as bridges, tunnels, piers, parks, aerial views and maps, many of which are centric to New York City. These materials are used for research purposes in conjunction with Design Studio analysis projects, as well as the Building Technology and Structures curriculum.
Image: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, plan of first level, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect.
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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