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2014 Eleanore Petterson Lecture: Farshid Moussavi
Christoff:Finio receive American Academy of Arts and Letters award
Student Lecture Series: Hugh Broughton
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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

Participants to include: 
Joseph Becker, M. Christine Boyer, Peter Cook, Joan Copjec, Neil Denari, David Gersten, Zaha Hadid, Zvi Hecker, Steven Holl, Clare Jaconson, Sotirios Kotoulas, Carin Kuoni, Sanford Kwinter, Claus Leggewie, Diane Lewis, Brett Littman, James Lowder, Shannon Mattern, Thom Mayne, Aida Miron, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Elke Muehlleitner, Dwayne Oyler, Wolf Prix, George Ranalli, Vyjayanthi Rao, Yael Reisner, Alexis Rochas, Yehuda Safran, Neil Spiller, Michael Sorkin, Anthony Vidler, Aleksandra Wagner, Davor Wagner, Michael Webb, James Wines, Lebbeus Woods,  and Masahiko Yendo




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: 10-Year Museum, Anren, China, 2012 | photo: He Shu
Farshid Moussavi: 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.

This lecture is free for current Cooper Union faculty, students and staff, and Architectural League members. 
All other attendees may purchase tickets here

The Eleanore Pettersen Lecture, established through a generous gift to The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, is dedicated to the voices of women in architecture as a lasting tribute to Ms. Pettersen's significant impact in the world of architecture and her love of The Cooper Union. Pettersen, who had worked as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and would later design the post-White House home of Richard M. Nixon, was one of the first women to be licensed as an architect in New Jersey, and developed a successful practice there that spanned over fifty years.

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Image: Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio | photo: Stephen Gil
The architecture firm Christoff:Finio, led by School of Architecture alum Martin Finio (AR '88) and Taryn Christoff, has been awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, which recognizes American architects whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction.

"Taryn Christoff and Martin Finio founded the architecture and design firm Christoff:Finio in 1999. Their work "is characterized by a quiet intelligence that manifests itself in spaces that are both beautiful and humane," said Billie Tsien. "There is a balance between the exquisite control of their finely tuned details and the whoop of joy that comes when one discovers their subtle inventions. It is like watching a prima ballerina-all is in equilibrium and then she leaps." Notable projects include the Donghia Materials Study Center at Parsons New School for Design, New York City, 2003; "Museum as Hub" initiative at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, 2006; Heckscher Foundation for Children, New York City, 2009; Carriage House, New York City, 2009; Sagaponack Barns, NY, 2012; and Venice Architectural Biennial, 2012. Their work has received numerous AIA Honor Awards." - American Academy of Arts and Letters
Image courtesy Christoff:Finio 

Hugh Broughton
Apr 10 at 6:30PM 
RM 315 
Foundation Bldg
Hugh Broughton is the founder of Hugh Broughton Architects. He was educated at Edinburgh University and set up his practice in 1995 in west London. Early work by Hughʼs practice was characterised by sensitive designs of calm and flowing spaces animated by meticulous attention to detail and moments of drama. Projects included new visitor facilities at Blair Castle in Scotland and the British Councilʼs South East Asia headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. More recently the practice completed the award winning gold copper alloy shingle clad East Wing of Maidstone Museum in the south of England.

Image credit: Hugh Broughton 

Between Nature and Architecture
APR 15 at 7PM
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

On his design philosophy in relationship to two recent projects-the Serpentine Pavilion in London and House K in Kyogo-Sou Fujimoto states "sometimes it is quite exciting to reinvent architecture itself." Both projects, like much of Fujimoto's work, have been lauded for their challenging and ambiguous reading of space and form. Underlying his spatial strategies is an attempt to synthesize nature and architecture, "whereby our natural environment's complexity is injected into a human made sense of order (and vice versa), bringing forth a new definition of space that responds to our changing times."

Fujimoto established his Tokyo-based firm, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000. His work includes the Children's Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation in his hometown of Hokkaido, the Final Wooden House, House NA, and the Musashino Art University Museum & Library. Current projects include a mixed-use building in Miami; an extension for the Kunsthalle in Bielefeld, Germany; a residence for Solo Houses in Cretas, Spain; and a conceptual master plan for a commercial complex in Jeddah. 
Final Wooden House, Kumamoto | photo: Iwan Baan

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit's TechTown district with public art and light. The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life-making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through. Deadline: April 30, 2014 learn more ...

2014 AIANYS DESIGN AWARDS | AIA New York State, the state organization of The American Institute of Architects, has recognized outstanding works of architecture through its annual Design Awards Program each year since 1968. The purpose of the program is to celebrate achievements in design excellence by New York State architects; to generate greater public interest in architecture; and to honor the architects, clients and consultants who work together to create and enhance our built environment. Registration: May 18, 2014 learn more ...

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY | The Center for Architecture is currently seeking volunteers to help us in these week-long architecture programs. Volunteers are asked to commit to a full program week, so they can see the project from start to finish. Candidates should have a background in architecture, urban studies, art education or a related design field and experience working with or teaching children.This is a great opportunity for students currently enrolled with NCARB to begin earning their IDP volunteer hours. 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 ...

LECTURE | Diane Lewis will present the lecture "Disegno: Sketches/Plans/ Corporeality" at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the Atelier de la Conception de L'Espace (ALICE) in Lausanne, Switzerland on March 31, 2014. learn more ...

SAH CONFERENCE PRESENTATION | Tamar Zinguer will present the paper "Landscape Degree Zero" as part of Landscape of Scale at the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Austin, Texas on April 11, 2014. learn more ...

CONFERENCE PRESENTATION | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa will present "Form in Form: The Politics of Digital Representation" at the 2nd International Conference Biodigital Architecture & Genetics on June 5, 2014 at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. learn more ...

SAH CONFERENCE PRESENTATION | Lydia Kallipoliti will present the paper "Soft Machines; Cellular Synthetic Environments" as part of After Representation: Architecture Displays Itself at the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Austin, Texas on April 10, 2014. learn more ...

LECTURE | Gia Wolff will present the lecture "Floating Cities: Community Based Architecture of Parade Floats" at the LSU School of Architecture in Baton Rouge, LA on April 2, 2014. learn more ... 



Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | lecture | "The Interior is also an Exterior," Spring Lecture Series 2014, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, NY, April 10, 2014

Mark West (AR '80) | lecture | "Bound to Resist - Drawing, Flexibility, and the Disclosure Structure," Dean's Forum Lecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA, March 20, 2014

Karen Bausman (AR '82) | lecture | "Magnificent Obsessions," Spring Lecture Series 2014, Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, New York, NY, April 3, 2014

Kevin Kavanagh (AR '95) | presenter | "Facade Health(care): Extended Building Envelope Lifespans through Performance, Adaptability and De-Generation, A/N Facades+ Conference, New York, NY, April 25, 2014

Kenneth Francis (AR '97) | presenter | "Old School Green Infrastructure from A-Z: Acequias to Zuni Bowls," American Society of Landscape Architects, Denver, CO, November 2014

Sotirios Kotoulas (AR '03) | presenter | "Winnipeg: This City in Seven Years," Spur Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, March 28, 2014 
Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny (AR '05) | article | "It Takes a City: The Collaborative Design Effort Behind Drive Change's Snowday Truck," Edible, March 5, 2014
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