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CU@Lunch Lecture: Christian Lord (A '05)
Upcoming: Symposium on land and climate change
Upcoming: Lecture by Daniel Barber
Upcoming: Lecture by Tao DuFour
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Architecture in the Expanded Field
On view through Sept 27
Arthur A. Houghton Jr.
An exhibition featuring works designed by graduates of the Master of Architecture II Program, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. Professor of the Advanced Design Studio: Diana Agrest.

Opening Reception September 12, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

On view September 12 - 27, 2014

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Foundation Building, 2nd Floor
The Cooper Union
New York, NY


with Christian Lord (A '05)
Sept 23 at 12pm
Rm 104
41 Cooper Gallery

Christian Lord was born in Oakland, California, and received his MFA from Columbia University in 2013. Working across media, his work combines fine art and activist modalities to explore issues of consumer culture, individuation, and social coercion. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Deitch Projects, Family Business, Salon 94, Louis B. James, the Nicaraguan Biennial, and the Central American Biennial. 


For more information about Christian Lord's work, see


For an archive of posters of past presentations, please see


Sponsored by Career Center and Alumni Affairs




Image: Christian Lord (in collaboration with Fredman Barahona), 
(Ban)deras, 2014. Flags, locations, digital file, dimensions variable. Photo: Jilma Estrada 

Sept 26 at 2pm
The Great Hall
7 E. 7th Street
The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land addresses the need to consider settlement patterns and competing land uses in new ways given the reality of climate change. The value assigned to various forms of land use, and various attitudes towards land as a resource, must be understood in terms of ecological services and impacts, rather than narrowly-defined economic imperatives. In sessions on "Nature and the City," "Spatial Logistics," and "Density," speakers will consider American approaches to development, attitudes toward nature, and whether the current dominant narrative of the environmental superiority of concentrated high density development might be challenged by a counter-narrative of lower density land-use that takes advantage of distributed energy production and localized treatment of waste. Ultimately, The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land will ask what the desirable and politically achievable mix of these narratives could be.

Speakers include: Kevin Bone, Rebecca Solnit, Cassim Shepard, Vishaan Chakrabarti, Coral Davenport, Rosalie Genevro, Rob Holmes, Alex Klatskin, Jesse LeCavalier, Albert Pope, Eric Sanderson, Ted Steinberg, Emily Talen, and Charles Waldheim


Photo by Folkert Gorter | used under CC BY 3.0, desaturated from original
A lecture by Daniel Barber
Oct 2 at 6:30pm
Rose Aud
41 Cooper Sq
Architects have long had an interest in the relationship of their design interventions to surrounding environmental conditions. As the exhibition Lessons from Modernism demonstrates, with the introduction of modern architectural techniques this relationship was reconfigured. In this lecture, Daniel Barber will argue that the ways in which architects have imagined and represented new conditions for environmental change has been especially significant.

Barber will focus on the diagrams of Victor and Aladar Olgyay, architects and design methodologists teaching at MIT and Princeton in the 1950s. In the Olgyay's diagrams, the figure of the human is central - literally, drawn in the middle of their images, and conceptually, expressive of the new kinds of living that these architectures could allow. While these expressions were part of the renewed interest in humanism that pervaded architectural discussions in the post-war period, in our current context of anthropogenic climate change they read quite differently.

Reception and Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925 - 1970 book launch to follow on the Alumni Roof Terrace. 


Image: Walker Beach House, Paul Rudolph

A lecture by Tao DuFour
Oct 14 at 12pm
Rm 315
Foundation Bldg
Tao DuFour's lecture will present themes explored through his work as SARUP/UWM Architecture Fellow 2013-14. The design work produced through this fellowship was the result of both theoretical inquiry and technical investigations in the labor of fabrication. The theoretical basis of the work developed through a meditation on the motif of wilderness , as this emerged in the intellectual context of North America in the 19th c. The work appropriated this context as an inheritance. Fortunately, and in the spirit of anything that is concretely handed down, physical artefacts were preserved, namely, molds for the casting of fašade panels based on the design of ornament by Louis Sullivan. By means of these artefacts as a type of 'writing' - a mode of communicating ideas in the absence of the one who thinks them - the theoretical inquiry into the 19th c. theme of wilderness was mixed with concrete studies of geometry, ornament, and casting techniques. The lecture will serve to contextualize the presentation of the design work, in relation not only to the intellectual horizon of Sullivan's era, but to the spectral presence of this past in the contemporary situation.





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Image: Concrete panels and steel frame installed in the Grand Trunk site of the Inner Harbor, Milwaukee. Photo by Kelly Yuen. 



DESIGN COMPETITION | FIGMENT, the AIA New York Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are pleased to announce their fifth annual design competition to design and build an architectural pavilion to serve as a gathering place for workshops, performances, community-building, contemplation, and education on Governors Island for the 2015 summer season. Deadline: September 20, 2014. learn more ...

STUDENT AND RECENT GRADUATE OPPORTUNITY | AIANY's First Day on the Job is an invitation to students and recent graduates to meet and interact with working architects and faculty in a symposium setting. We will engage in topic driven discussion that will bridge the differences between the academy and the workplace. First Day on the Job is an opportunity for professionals to meet architectural talent about to enter the workforce, and gain fresh insight into their points of view, concerns and aspirations. Registration Required. Held at The Center for Architecture, New York, NY on September 21, 2014. learn more ...

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY | The WAH Center presents "THE NEW ACADEMY: WAH BRIDGES STUDENT ARTISTS" - a multi-media group exhibition dedicated to presenting the work of students pursuing their undergraduate or Masters degrees in the arts. Based on the Bridge Concept envisioned by WAH Center Founder & Artistic Director, Yuko Nii, the aim is to create a bridge between the WAH Center's historical landmark building and a new generation of outstanding young artists, as well as a bridge between academic styles, understood in this context as a temporal artistic style that describes the work of a student. Artists are encouraged to submit artworks in the medium of their choosing. Deadline: September 22, 2014 learn more ...

CALL FOR PAPERS | This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive and social computing paradigm to understand cities. We are seeking multidisciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel citizen-centric applications that benefit not only citizens, but also urban planners and policy makers. We believe this topic will attract researchers from communities ranging for computational science, to social science and urban design. Deadline: September 22, 2014. learn more ... 

CALL FOR POSTERS | The University of Oklahoma Division of Architecture invites posters for its 2014 Creating_Making Forum, which will be held in Norman, Oklahoma, Nov. 5-7, 2014. To engender a broad range of discussions, we encourage projects from scholars from a variety of disciplines, professionals at all stages within their careers, and graduate and undergraduate students. Posters may address contemporary or historical issues of creating and making within the disciplines of architecture, interior design, construction science, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, industrial design, engineering, and other creative disciplines that have an impact on our everyday lives. Deadline: September 26, 2014. learn more ...

NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL DESIGN COMPETITION | The goal of the Nelson Mandela Memorial Design Competition is to elicit the most creative and exceptional designs for this significant public memorial project to be located in the Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, CA. The Nelson Mandela Foundation will select the winning design. Deadline: October 15, 2014. learn more ... 

JAE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas /OMA's S,M,L,XL, this special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education will serve as a platform to revisit, expose, and otherwise reevaluate the book's ineluctable influence(s) on the practice and writing of architecture. For this issue, we seek contributions that will shed new critical light on the influence of S,M,L,XL through multiple vantage points. Deadline: March 1, 2015  learn more ...


CONFERENCE | Elizabeth O'Donnell was an invited participant for the The International Alvar Aalto CafÚ hosted by the Alvar Aalto Academy in Jyvaskyla, Finland on August 30-31, 2014. learn more ...  

CONFERENCE | Diane Lewis will be an invited speaker at the Mediated Cities conference held at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA on October 1-4, 2014. learn more ...

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | article | "Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects,", September 10, 2014 

Fiyel Levent (AR '03) | article | "Fiyel Levent: Renaissance Woman," Enlightenment Magazine, June 30,2014 

Sunnie Joh (AR '04) | article | "How to Survive in the Future," Ravelin, August 11, 2014 

Katerina Kourkoula (AR '08;M.ARCH II '11) | participant | Project Parklet: Reclaiming the Streets, Swissnex, San Francisco, CA, Septemeber 12, 2014

Katerina Kourkoula (AR '08;M.ARCH II '11) | seminar leader | Urban Design Seminar: Re-imagine urban design and architecture in the public realm, San Francisco, CA, September 5-12, 2014

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