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Upcoming ISD event: Neighborhood Sustainability
Save the Date: Lecture by Frank Barkow | Barkow Leibinger
Notice: Building and Class Schedules
Open Calls and Opportunities
Faculty and Alumni News
Notes from the Archive

Save the Date

April 25 and 26, 2014 | LEBBEUS WOODS: A Celebration of His Life & Work



and Associates Structural Engineers
Feb 19 at 7PM
Great Hall
7 East 7 Street

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

Recognized for his independent research and innovative, collaborative work with architects, Guy Nordenson, principal of the New York firm Guy Nordenson and Associates, is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. He began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, and has practiced structural engineering since 1978. In 1987 Nordenson established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners, serving as its director until 1997, when he began independent practice.

The structural engineer for over one hundred projects worldwide, Nordenson has worked on the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons Residence Hall at MIT, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, and the Menil Drawing Center in Houston.
Image: The Museum of Modern Art Expansion, New York NY 
(Taniguchi and Associates with Severud Associates) | photo: Timothy Hursley
Science, Art, Education, and Activism
Feb 24 at 6PM
Bowery Arts + Science
308 Bowery, NYC
An interdisciplinary dialogue: Wendy Brawer from Green Map, Toby Cumberbatch from The Cooper Union, and Shawn Shafner from The Poop Project. Moderated by David Bergman, architect and adjunct at The New School.

Neighborhood Sustainability: One Block at a Time is a SUSTAIN program, made possible through a generous award from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

There will be light refreshments & a cash bar


Please RSVP

The event is presented by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Fourth Arts Block, and Bowery Arts + Science

MARCH 4 at 7PM
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Sq
In 1993 Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their practice in Berlin. Their interdisciplinary, discursive attitude allows their work to expand and respond to advancing knowledge and technology. This know-how contributes to recent projects including a gatehouse and factory-campus event space in Stuttgart Germany and the TRUTEC Office Building in Seoul. Current research projects have focused on infra light concrete, facade systems, space-frames, and ceramic elements. Recently completed projects include a high rise, Tour Total, near the Berlin main train station for CA Immo Developments and an apartment and hotel complex in passive house standard in Freiburg. A Current project on the boards is a multi-use extension for the Aufbau Haus in Berlin. 


Image: copyright David Franck  

Now Accepting Applications for 2014
Dear Students: 
1.Look for the on-line application--coming soon, or pick-up application forms from my office: Humanities and Social Sciences, 327 NAB. 
2. Who is eligible: all students, who have at least two semesters remaining. This typically means juniors and fourth year Architects. 
3. Award ceiling: $4,500, for projects pursued over summer, 2014. 
4. Applicants can file joint applications (and often do). In other words, collaborations are welcome. 
5. DEADLINE: Applications must be completed by TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014, 5 pm. placed in a designated box, HSS OFFICE, 327 NAB. 
You really must take your proposals to the Writing Center. This step is one of the keys to your success. Proposals describe your project, the rationale, your focus, feasibility, and budget. Excellence of presentation counts. You will also need a faculty adviser to write a letter of evaluation.
- Professor Sayres 
Image: From 'Of Terrestrial And Celestial: Observing Space' by Ariana Revilla & Matthew Maiello
from the current 2013 Benjamin Menschel Exhibition
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This Week and Founder's Day Weekend



On WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY we will be following a FRIDAY SCHEDULE of

classes. This means that the class meeting schedule for next week will be:


Monday 10 February - MONDAY CLASSES MEET

Tuesday 11 February - TUESDAY CLASSES MEET

Wednesday 12 February - FRIDAY CLASSES MEET

Thursday 13 February - THURSDAY CLASSES MEET

Friday 14 February - NO CLASSES MEET (Founder's Day)

Monday 17 February - NO CLASSES MEET (Presidents' Day)



The Cooper Union's buildings will be closed from Friday 14 February at

12:01AM through Tuesday 18 February 7:30AM. This means that the building

schedule next week will be:


Monday 10 February - 7:30AM-2AM

Tuesday 11 February - 7:30AM-2AM

Wednesday 12 February 7:30AM-2AM

Thursday 13 February - 7:30AM-11:59PM

Friday 14 February - BUILDINGS CLOSED

Saturday 15 February - BUILDINGS CLOSED

Sunday 16 February - BUILDINGS CLOSED

Monday 17 February - BUILDINGS CLOSED


As a cost saving measure, the buildings will be operating with minimal

HVAC (temperatures will be in the low 60's).


Thank you for your consideration.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS | The New York Transit Museum is now accepting program proposals for the inaugural PLATFORM, scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at the Transit Museum's subway station home in downtown Brooklyn. Submissions from all disciplines-history, science, engineering, visual and performing arts, urban studies, city planning, academic fields, with the common denominator of public transportation will be considered. Deadline: 12pm, February 25, 2014  learn more ...

EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS | Interior Design magazine is accepting submissions for the Spring Market Tabloid 2014, the essential new product resource for design industry professionals. They will only consider new products, less than six months old. Deadline: February 28, 2014  learn more ...

DESIGN CHALLENGE | Theatrum Mundi, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, New York, has launched a "Designing for Free Speech" challenge. The challenge asks architects, designers, activists, artists - and anyone interested in imagining new spaces in the city for free expression - to identify public spaces in New York City and propose re-designs that transform them into places that activate the rights enshrined in the First Amendment. Deadline: March 31, 2014  learn more ...


NEW! CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | The Mediated City - Los Angeles - Conference is currently seeking proposals. It welcomes theoretical examinations of the cinematic city; practical debates on the architect's role in filmic production; conversations on the use of apps to navigate 'metropoli'; considerations on the simulation of the urban environment; debates about the nature of the 'virtual' building; and discussions on the digital mapping of the world by companies like Google - and much more.  Deadline for Abstracts: February 15, 2014  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 Extended: February 15, 2014  learn more ...


STUDENT SUMMER SCHOLARS COMPETITION | Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company seeks up to four architectural students for its Summer Scholars program. Scholars test their design skills with professional architects and put classroom experience to work on real projects. This full-time summer position provides competitive compensation. Houseing included. Deadline: February 17, 2014   learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: EXHIBITIONS/INSTALLATIONS | The Center for Architecture is currently accepting proposals for its Breakthrough Space gallery for the 2014 season. Deadline: Ongoing  learn more ... 


STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: PAID INTERNSHIP | ArtsIntern is now accepting applications for paid summer internships for Summer 2014. The ARTS Intern program has provided an exciting opportunity for college undergraduates to learn about museum professions in New York City, through internships in museums and cultural institutions. Deadline: ongoing until filled. learn more ...  


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | The American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Foundation, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) invite the submission of abstracts of ongoing or recently completed design and research projects that address the intersection of design and human health. Deadline: February 12, 2014  learn more ...

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: PAID INTERNSHIP | The Multicultural Arts Management Internship program was created to promote diversity in the arts management field and to provide college students who have a career interest in the arts or business with a hands-on introduction to working in the business fields of the nonprofit arts sector. Deadline: February 14, 2014  learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | FIGMENT is now accepting proposals for the summer-long Minigolf Course on Governors Island in New York. They are seeking designs that interpret the theme of "New York City Now" with as much diversity of perspective as possible. Deadline: March 1, 2014  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 ... 


CALL FOR PAPERS | The 9th International ENERGY FORUM on Advanced Building Skins conference's main objective is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach to sustainable buildings, and to create a dialogue among architects, engineers, scientists, energy managers and manufacturers with the aim of reducing the energy consumption of buildings. Deadline: March 10, 2014 learn more ...  


STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS | RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change which connects design students and faculty with industry needs. All undergraduate design students currently enrolled in a US college or university are invited to participate as long as they have faculty support. Deadline: March 19, 2014.  learn more ... 


DESIGN COMPETITION | The Design Parade 9th International Festival of Design revolves around an international competition open to young designers, which combines exhibitions and discussions. Deadline March 31, 2014 learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The Deborah J. Norden Fund, established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, awards up to $5,000 annually in travel and study grants to students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies. Deadline: April 17, 2014 learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture invites you contribute a ghost story, a haunted house, a virtual reality, or a distillation that engages the spirit's complex and inevitable inhabitation of architecture. Deadline: August 1, 2014  learn more ...


eOCULUS | Stephen Rustow's participation in the MoMA expansion panel discussion was covered in the article "MoMA Mia - A Conversation on the Museum of Modern Art's Plan for Expansion," in eOculus on February 5, 2014.  read more ...

ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER BOOK REVIEW | Michael Webb's contribution as a writer to the book The Car in 2035: Mobility Planning for the New Future, is quoted in a recent review of the publican in the Architect's Newspaper, January 31, 2014.  read more ...

EMERGING VOICES 2014 | Situ Studio, where Wes Rozen is partner, received the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York. The firm will be presenting their work on March 27 as part of the annual Emerging Voices lecture series.  learn more ...



Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | honoree | 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Design, February 5, 2014

Lance Jay Brown (AR '65) | news | "MoMA Mia - A Conversation on the Museum of Modern Art's Plan for Expansion," eOculus, February 5, 2014

Elizabeth Diller (AR '79) | news | "MoMA Mia - A Conversation on the Museum of Modern Art's Plan for Expansion," eOculus, February 5, 2014

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | news | "Shigeru Ban Nears Completion of Aspen Art Museum," Interior Design, January 31, 2014

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics," University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, February 17, 2014 
Rural Urban Framework (Jon Lin, AR '02) | article | "School as City: Tongjiang Recycled Brick School, Shicheng County, Jiangxi, China, 2009-12," Lotus 153 (2014)
Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | award | 2014 Emerging Voices Award, the Architectural League of New York

Morgan Lewis and Tyler Putnam (both AR '14) | presentation | "The End of the Silk Road," Washington Square Arts Club, New York, NY, February 7, 2014
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Selections from the Interior Renovation of the 
Foundation Building, 1971-1974

As part of its extensive collection of the architectural history of Cooper Union's campus, the Architecture Archive's holdings include the photo survey that chronicles the interior renovation of the Foundation Building between 1971 and 1974. These images highlight the architectural and structural complexity of the project, and the resulting work of modernist architecture constructed within the confines of a nineteenth century building envelope.

Image: Cooper Union, Foundation Building, John Hejduk - Architect, 1974
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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