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LEBBEUS WOODS: A Celebration


Tributes and Reminiscences | 6:30PM Friday 25 April

Panels and Film Screening | 10:00AM - 4:00PM Saturday 26 April



2014 Laureate Shigeru Ban (AR '84)
March 25, 2014
"Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, is rare in the field of architecture. He designs elegant, innovative work for private clients, and uses the same inventive and resourceful design approach for his extensive humanitarian efforts. For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to work with local citizens, volunteers and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the disaster victims.

Reached at his Paris office, Shigeru Ban said, 'Receiving this prize is a great honor, and with it, I must be careful. I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work. I see this prize as encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing - not to change what I am doing, but to grow.' "  - News Release Announcing the 2014 Laureate 

Image courtesy Shigeru Ban Architects
Craig Dykers | Sn°hetta
Mar 27 at 6:30PM 
RM 315 
Foundation Bldg
Since 1989, Craig Dykers has established offices in Norway, Egypt, England, and in the United States. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative
design process.

As one of the Founding Partners of Sn°hetta, Craig has led many of the office's prominent projects internationally, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway. He is currently overseeing Sn°hetta's two New York City projects, both under construction: the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center and the new Times Square Reconstruction. Craig is also leading the design of two new projects in San Francisco, the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the waterfront Golden State Warriors Arena. Other recent projects include the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion Masterplan in Buffalo, New York, the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University, and the Museum for Environmental Sciences in Guadalajara, Mexico which is currently in development. In 2011, Craig and Sn°hetta collaborated with the Guggenheim Museum on immersive installations for their series titled

Image credit: Sn°hetta 
Natalie Jeremijenko: Sharing the Light
APR 1 at 7PM
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Sq

The politics and possibilities of redesigning our collective relationship to natural systems in the Anthropocene 

Lighting design is driving a tremendous paradigm shift in the design of urban infrastructure and built environments. Re-designing our collective use of lighting is the fundamental method to redesign and reclaim our beaches, shorelines, bridges, and diverse urban surfaces to meet the environmental and human health challenges of the 21st Century. 

Natalie Jeremijenko has received numerous awards including: the 2013 Most Innovative People award, named one of the most influential women in technology 2011, named as one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers. Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department at NYU and she is affiliated with the Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program.

The Feltman lectures are made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

The 2013-2014 Feltman Chair in Lighting is held by Lydia Kallipoliti

This event is presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.


Image courtesy Natalie Jeremijenko
Presented by Michael Samuelian
Apr 1 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


Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ)
APR 2 at 7PM
Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 E. 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Yung Ho Chang is a founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), established in 1993. Since its inception FCJZ has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice, emphasizing the craft of design, whether through research or realized projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts, creating work described as "witty, thoughtful, and universal...inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts," by Beijing museum director Philip Tinari. Current and recent projects include the Vertical Glass House, Beijing; Audi House, Shanghai; Kings Joy Restaurant, Beijing; the 1966-1976 Major Events Pavilion (also known as the Museum-Bridge) in Anren, China; The Bay residential complex, Shanghai; and the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo.

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Image: Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo, 2010 | photo: FCJZ
Style Matters
APR 7 at 7PM
Great Hall
The Cooper Union
7 E. 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Farshid Moussavi is principal of the London firm Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), founded in 2011. FMA's recent projects include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, a project exemplifying her goal to create architecture that can "embed time" and then through its form and materials show how it changes. FMA also designed the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale installation Architecture and Its Affects. The firm's current work includes an office complex in London; a department store in Paris; the competition-winning design for a residential complex, Jardins de la Lironde, in Montpellier; and La Defense, Lot 19, in Paris. Recently FMA was shortlisted to design the new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.

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Image: Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio | photo: Stephen Gil

COMPETITION: J-E-L-L-O | The Cooper Union Alumni Association announces the first ever Peter Cooper Jello Challenge. Individuals or teams may compete. All types of gelatin or gelatin alternatives are accepted. Entries do not have to be edible but must include gelatin or gelatin alternatives.  There will be no refrigeration on site so please plan accordingly. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: 1) Visual appeal, creativity, originality, 2) Sculptural ingenuity, size, detailing, 3)Structural Integrity, 4) Use of Mold. Event takes place April 13, 2014. TO ENTER: Email with your name and contact info. 

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 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 ...  

LIVE DESIGN COMPETITION | PER/FORM puts the best and brightest architecture professionals and students head to head to see who can come up with the best design for a building that both performs well, and is easy on the eyes. PER/FORM consists of both an online round and an unprecedented LIVE round - with the top contestants from the online round invited to participate in the LIVE competition in NYC. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each round. Open to architects and architecture students in US and Canada. Sponsored by BSKS Architects, Metropolis Magazine, among others. Register by April 2, 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, 2014learn 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 ESSAYS: COMMON SHARE | Urban Omnibus announces their third annual writing competition, this year on the topic of common ownership, private property, and the sharing economy. With this competition, UO invites writers to infuse the discourse around structural economic change with narrative, theory, history, or humor. Deadline: May 12, 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 | Diana Agrest's film "The Making of an Avant-Garde" was screened at the Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura Contemporßnea at the Universidad Torquato di Tella Escuela de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 20, 2014. learn more...

LECTURE | Michael Young will present the lecture "Doubling" as part of the Spring 2014 Baumer Lecture Series held at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH on April 2, 2014. learn more ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Michael Samuelian participated in the panel discussion "The 21st-Century Practice: Marketing Resiliency Planning and Design," held at the Center for Architecture, New York, NY on March 19, 2014. learn more ... 
30 ARTISTS 30 DAYS | Mersiha Veledar's project Winter Wonderland was featured as part of Visionaire World's "30 Artists, 30 Days". learn more ... 



Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | interview | "The Talks: Daniel Libeskind: I Never had a Goal," World Architecture News, March 18, 2014 
Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | participant | "Celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Lazar Khidekel: An artist, visionary architect, designer, theoretician, and a pioneer of environmentalism (1904-1986)," Center for Architecture, New York, NY, March 11, 2014

Karen Bausman (AR '82) | lecture | "Magnificent Obsessions," Spring Lecture Series 2014, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, NY, April 3, 2014 
Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | news | "Shigeru Ban's Mt. Fuji Visitors Center Flips the Mountain Upside Down," The Architect's Newspaper blog, March 20, 2014 
Christoff:Finio (Martin Finio, AR '88) | award | Arts and Letters Award, 2014 Architecture Awards, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, March 25, 2014 
Sean Khorsandi (AR '04) | review | "FORM FOLLOWS POLITICS: Review of Modern American Housing: High-Rise, Reuse, Infill," The Architect's Newspaper, March 21, 2014
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