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Book Launch: Lessons from Modernism
Book Launch: Tony Candido
End of the Year Show
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On View Now
Through May 18
4th Ave Colonnade
Foundation Bldg
7 East 7th Street
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union will present an exhibition of student work from the spring semester of Architectonics, the First Year Design Studio.

First year sets the course for an elementary understanding of the Foundations of Architecture. This studio sets to teach the underlying principles of tectonics within a body of autonomous figures of various typological elements such as columns, walls, windows, doors, skylights and stairs to name a few. The framework of individual elements and parts creates an array of new inventive figures and possibilities in structural, formal, composite and programmatic con-figurations, becoming a generating lexicon of design.

The exhibition will be on view from May 13 through May 18 in the 4th Avenue colonnade of the Foundation Building.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12pm - 7pm

This event is held in conjunction with NYCxDESIGN. New York City's official citywide celebration of design, NYCxDESIGN spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, and open studios. The annual festival takes place May 9-20 in 2014. 


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Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Strategies in Architecture, 1925-1970 
May 16 at 6PM
Peter Cooper Suite
8th Floor
7 East 7 Street
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design will host a book launch on Friday 16 May in the Peter Cooper Suite. 

Kevin Bone, Editor, with Steven Hillyer and Sunnie Joh 
Published by The Monacelli Press

Lessons From Modernism examines twenty-five works of architecture completed between 1925 and 1970 through the lens of sustainability. Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, this book provides new insights into works by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé, and Oscar Niemeyer, illustrating how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and exploring the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture. These buildings demonstrate the importance of the aesthetic of clarity and utility that characterizes twentieth-century modern architecture. This aesthetic, and these values, inform the contemporary green building movement today. 

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The book is a development of the exhibition Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925-1970, held in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery from January 29 - March 23, 2013. The publication will be available for purchase beginning May 13, 2014 via The Monacelli Press and the School of Architecture websites. Please contact Sarah Burrell ( 

Tony Candido: 
The Great White Whale is Black
May 27, 4-5pm
Architecture Archive, Rm 235
Foundation Bldg

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will host a book signing on Tuesday 27 May in the Architecture Archive, celebrating the work of Professor Tony Candido, who has been an educator at the school for over forty years. 

Tony Candido: The Great White Whale is Black stems from an exhibition of the work of Professor and Painter/Architect Anthony Candido, held in The Cooper Union's Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery from February 2 - March 13, 2010. This publication presents Candido's Cable Cities, a visionary idea of the interplay between humanity and the contemporary environment and what the future of architecture could be, while also highlighting his calligraphic brush and ink paintings and drawings, which have been an important part of his output since 1967. Through this selection of work, which spans the past five decades, Tony Candido: The Great White Whale Is Black portrays a bold expression of one man's life vision, and illustrates Candido's ongoing commitment to art and architecture. 

This publication will be available for purchase beginning May 27, 2014 via the School of Architecture website. Please contact Sarah Burrell ( 



Opening Reception
May 27, 5-9PM
Foundation Bldg
and 41 Cooper Square

This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Located in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, and 41 Cooper Square.

Exhibition Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 7pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Free and open to the public. 



GRANT | Ideas that Matter is an annual program open to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, individual design students and design student groups. Only applicants in North America may apply to this program. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 per project. Deadline: July 11, 2014  learn more ...


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 ...


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 ...  



2014 BERKELEY PRIZE | The primary goal of the The Berkeley Teaching Fellowship is to support innovative thinking by architecture faculty as they work to focus their students' attention on the social, behavioral, and physical characteristics of the users of the buildings and spaces they design. Deadline: May 31, 2014  learn more ...  


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | As part of the transformation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a green technology and sustainable manufacturing complex, ONE Lab, a new school for design and science, will establish a collaborative teaching facility and public outreach center for socio-ecological design, to open in 2015. ONE Lab is seeking design proposals for the Smart Dock that are both symbolic and buildable . Register by June 30, 2014   learn more ...


DESIGN COMPETITION | Shape the Future is a joint collaboration between Metropolis and DuPont™ Corian® and open to architects, interior designers, industrial designers, and students. The competition asks participants to reimagine Corian® solid surface as a building and design resource, with the goal of innovating new, exciting uses for the time-tested material. Deadline: August 1, 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 | 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 ...
DESIGN COMPETITION | This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world-42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment and public space that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. Register by September 8, 2014   learn more ... 


LECTURE | Diana Agrest spoke at the University of Brighton, England, as part of the International Lecture Series on May 8, 2014. learn more ...

ARTICLE | Stephen Rustow contributed the article "A.F.A.M./MOMA," in the March 2014 issue of The Brooklyn Rail. read more ...

INTERVIEW | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa's House II version B project was profiled on including an accompanying interview. read more ...

PUBLICATION | Aida Miron's text "The Trace of Here and Now" has been published in the Ground Up Issue 03: HERE, UC Berkeley. learn more ... 

EXHIBITION | Emmy Mikelson has work included in the group exhibition "Terra Incognita" at Curious Matter in Jersey City, NJ. learn more ...

Joan Ockman (AR '80) | conference participant | The Figure of Democracy: Houses, Housing, and the Polis, The Buell Center Conference on the History of Architecture, The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, New York, NY, May 9-10, 2014

Stanley Allen (AR '81) | contributor | Architectural Drawing Auction, featured architect, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, May 1, 2014

Evan Douglis (AR '83) | keynote | AVATAR Conference "Future Cities 3: Abundance", Greenwich University, London, England, April 10, 2014

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | keynote | Cities for Tomorrow conference, New York, NY, April 20-21, 2014

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | speaker | 2014 Cooper Union Commencement Speaker, The Cooper Union, New York, NY, May 28, 2014

Kyna Leski (AR '85) | speaker | Design Lecture, Festival of the Arts, Sacremento, CA, April 9, 2014

Kyna Leski (AR '85) | speaker | Readings in the Writing Center series, RISD Writing Center and Literary Arts & Studies, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, April 21, 2014

Azin Valy (AR '90) | exhibition | Asian American Designer: Azin Valy, Cityzen Silk Fashion Designs, Asia Society, New York, NY, May 10, 2014

Sean Khorsandi (AR '04) | article | "Gwathmey Siegel Buyer Looks to Purchase a Paul Rudolph Building," Architectural Record, May 5, 2014

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article | "Visualizing a Hidden War," The Architect's Newspaper, May 6, 2014

Andrea Pinochet (AR '09) | news | "AHO stiller sterkt på Venezia-biennalen," AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture, May 8, 2014

James Hamilton (AR '10) | news | "AHO stiller sterkt på Venezia-biennalen," AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture, May 8, 2014

Espen Vatn (AR '10) | news | "AHO stiller sterkt på Venezia-biennalen," AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture, May 8, 2014 
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