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SLS: Oliver Herring
Upcoming ISD event: Neighborhood Sustainability
Save the Date: Lecture by Frank Barkow | Barkow Leibinger
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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

Oliver Herring
Feb 20 at 6:30PM
RM 315
Foundation Bldg
The work of Oliver Herring has been the subject solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among many others. In 2009, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York featured Me Us Them, a 15-year survey of Herring's work curated by Ian Berry. His TASK performances and parties have been held at museums, universities, and other spaces all over the world. In 2005 Herring was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS program Art 21.

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
Presented by Michael Samuelian
MAR 4 at 12:15PM
RM 715
Foundation Bldg
Do you want to be an Architect? 
You need to be an Intern first. 
Everything you need to know about the Intern Development Program (IDP) 
The Intern Development Program (IDP) is an essential step in the path to become an architect. Your journey typically begins in a school of architecture; however, it does not end there. Ultimately, through the IDP you will learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develop professional judgment, and refine your career goals. IDP is designed to help you realize those goals. 
Professor Michael Samuelian will discuss IDP requirements, and explain the steps to establish your IDP record, identify your IDP supervisor, identify your mentor, document your experience, etc. 
Lunch will be served

MAR 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  

AWARD: STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADS | The ISARCH Awards are international awards targeting students of architecture. The aim is to provide a platform for debate surrounding the architecture solutions students contribute within the framework of their university studies. The competition is opened to all students of architecture and young architects that have graduated within the last 3 years prior to the date of sending in the necessary documents. Registration: February 24, 2014 learn more ...

HOUSING DESIGN AWARDS | The Boston Society of Architects announces their 2014 BSA Design Awards program. Any housing type anywhere in the world may be submitted if the architect/firm currently resides in New England or New York. Any architect anywhere in the world may submit projects located in New England or New York. This award is co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter. Deadline: March 21, 2014 learn more ...

CALL FOR PAPERS | Horizonte Journal is an independent student initiative of the Bauhaus - University Weimar. In its ninth edition, Horizonte questions the ruin as house, as idea, as concept and as architecture. Whether in essay form, project-related, or as a result of research,  Horizonte seeks views which stand related to the given statements, which discuss them in a controversial fashion, which question them critically or extend their meanings. Deadline: March 23, 2014 learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Urban Emergencies : Emergent Urbanism is seeking papers and projects in a variety of fields which discuss the implications of emergent risks on the built environment and its inhabitants. In addition to architects and urbanists, we welcome submissions from all disciplines including anthropology, geography, history, economics, psychology, political science, etc. Deadline: April 10, 2014 learn more ...


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 ...  


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 ...  


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 ...  


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 ...

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION | Diana Agrest's film, "The Making of an Avant-Garde," will be screened at at the UCLA Hammer Museum, co-presented with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, on February 19, 2014. The Hammer screening will be followed by a Q&A with Agrest. In conjunction with the screening, Agrest will give a talk addressing the theoretical concerns of the Institute and the role of women in its intellectual activities.  learn more ...

LECTURE | Anthony Vidler will present the lecture "What Do Architects Read: Architectural Libraries from Vitruvius to Venturi," at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, on February 24, 2104.  learn more ... 



Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | news |  "Green Machine," The Architect's Newspaper, February 11, 2014 
David Heymann (AR '85) | FAIA | Elevated to College of Fellows by the 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 
Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "Harry Seidler: Architecture, Art and Collaborative Design," Museu Da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo, Brazil, February 12, 2014 
Dorit Aviv (AR '09) | curator | "Fall 2013 Junior Independent Work Studio: The Chair Project," James S. Hall '34 Memorial Gallery, Butler College, Princeton University, Februray 10-19, 2014 
Alice Colverd (AR '16) and Alexander McLean (AR '15) | report | "Tokyo's Pantry: Tsukiji and the Commodification of Market Culture," Travel Reports: The Deborah J. Norden Fund, the Architectural League of New York
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Selections from the Interior Renovation of the 
Foundation Building, 1971-1974

The above selection shows the structural fortification of the framing elements between the 3rd and 4th floors. 
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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