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Lecture by Sou Fujimoto
Student Lecture Series: Hugh Broughton
Founder's Day 2014
CU@Lunch with Mersiha Veledar
Open Calls and Opportunities
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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 Jacobson, Sotirios Kotoulas, Carin Kuoni, Sanford Kwinter, Claus Leggewie, Diane Lewis, Brett Littman, James Lowder, Shannon Mattern, Thom Mayne, Aida Miron, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Eric Owen Moss, Elke Muehlleitner, Peter Noever, 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


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Opening Reception
APR 8 from 6PM-8PM
The Great Hall Gallery
7 E. 7 Street
On Tuesday, April 8th, Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) and the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD) will host an opening for The Model Block: an exhibit. The Model Block represents the culmination of a multi-year project which focused on the East 4th Street Cultural District (between 2nd Ave & Bowery) as a testing ground for new and innovative solutions to the complexities of urban sustainability at the block scale.

The exhibit highlights environmental actions taken on a typical block, organized around the themes of community, energy, waste, and water. It will also feature the products of collaborative art projects by Amanda Browder, Miggy Buck, Karina Mangu-Ward, and Shawn Shafner. There will be an artist panel discussion and workshops with artists on Saturday, April 12th from 12:30-3PM.

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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. 
image: House N, Oita | photo: Iwan Baan

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 

Alumni Awards and Street Fair
APR 13
10AM - 5PM
Cooper Square
7 E. 7 Street
This year, the CUAA Founder's Day Celebration will be held on 4/13/14 and will include an award ceremony in the Great Hall, followed by a block party directly outside on Astor Place. The Saturday program will have a booth and so will many student, faculty, and alumni groups. There will be food vendors, and a Jello Challenge sculpture contest. Please bring your friends, family, kids and grandkids. The entire event is conceived, planned, and funded by alumni volunteers for the entire Cooper Community. The event will be free, and everyone in the Cooper Union community is invited to attend. 

Each year, the Cooper Union Alumni Association selects the recipients of the prestigious Alumni Awards. The awards will honor alumni achievements in the fields of Art, Architecture, and Engineering, as well as The Alumni Service Awards, and The Peter Cooper Award for Public Service.

The 2014 John Q. Hejduk Award will be awarded to Leslie Gill (AR '82)
Following the award ceremony, the Street Fair will feature art, music, activities, workshops, and food trucks.

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Mersiha Veledar
APR 15 at 12PM
RM 715
Foundation Bldg
Mersiha Veledar is a practicing architect and an educator. She has lived in New York since she was fourteen years old, where she found refuge through the United Nations after the brutal war in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The genesis of her professional work and studio pedagogy have origins in her "Architecture can Heal" [advised by Lebbeus Woods] hypothesis from The Cooper Union she did in 2003, which received numerous awards and recognitions, during which she decided to focus on typologies of 'universal' intimate scale architectural elements such as walls, columns, doors, windows, among a few as a lexicon of 'fundamentals' common to all cultures, ethnicities and architectures.

Having witnessed the fall of civic institutions through man-made disasters, her professional work is focused on an array of public programs ranging from schools to museums, to art installations. She has built work both in New York City and overseas. Veledar will talk about these projects in context of her Cooper Union hypothesis: "Architecture can Heal". 

Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by Career Center and Alumni Affairs

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Image: High School of Art and Design and Primary School 59 at 250 E. 57th Street in New York City, 2012

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS | The 2014 Saratoga Design Conference"s theme for their inaugural conference is "New Practice /New Design", an exploration of the dramatic changes we are seeing in the practice of architecture and the innovative design work that results. The Design Conference's main goal is to impart practical and theoretical knowledge that will allow attendees to expand the areas of practice they engage in and do more relevant and innovative design work. Deadline: May 16, 2014 learn more ...

STUDENT FILM CONTEST | The National Fenestration Rating Council is celebrating 25 years of service by calling students in the U.S. and Canada to submit an original short film exploring the important role windows, doors, and skylights play in everyday life. Creativity is encouraged and all genres are welcome. Deadline: August 1, 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 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 ... 

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 ...  


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, 2014learn 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 ...


ARTICLE | Anthony Vidler has recently published the article "Ancient Wisdom and Modern Knowhow," in the Architectural Review on March 10, 2014. learn more ...

VISITING SCHOLAR | Tamar Zinguer was awarded a fellowship as a 2013-2014 Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture for the proposal topic "The Degree Zero of Architecture." learn more ...

AIANY HONOREE | Fake Industries, co-founded by Cristina Goberna and Urtzi Grau, was selected by the AIANY  as an innovative young firms for this year's New Practices New York. The work of all six selected firms will be exhibited at the Center for Architecture in fall 2014. learn more ...



Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55) | news | "Shepherd School announces Diller Scofidio + Renfro as architect for new opera theater," Rice University, Houston, TX, March 17, 2014 

Carl Stein (AR '68) | presenter | "Sustainable Modernism Context/Culture/Holism," DOCO MOMO's National Symposium: Modernism in Texas, Houston, TX, March 14, 2014

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | interview | "Q&A: Daniel Libeskind on Italy, Product Design, and the State of Architecture Today," Metropolis Magazine, March 27, 2014

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | interview | "Interview with Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban," The Architectural Review, March 24, 2014 
Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | author | Harry Seidler Lifework, Rizzoli, April 2014 
Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | lecture | "Harry Seidler: Arquitectura, Arte e Design Colaborativo," Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 11, 2014 
Yael Erel (AR '02) | exhibition | "Projected Typographies," 201 Gallery, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, April 7-18, 2014
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