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Exhibition Opening Reception | Drawing from the Archive: Analysis as Design
M. Arch. II Thesis Exhibition closing 9/27
Upcoming: Lecture by Daniel Barber
Upcoming: Lecture by Tao DuFour
Open Life-Drawing Sessions
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Lecture by Diana Agrest
Sept 25 at 6:30pm
Rose Auditorium
Lower Level
41 Cooper Square

Diana Agrest will present the lecture Architecture as a Transdiscursive Field: Theory Practice Continuum on Thursday 25 September at 6:30pm in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union. This lecture is part of the Master of Architecture II Lecture Series.

This event is Free and Open to the Public


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Image: Yellowstone, section

Analysis as Design
Oct 14 at 6:30pm
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7th Street


Showcasing analysis work completed at The School of Architecture between 1967 and 2014, this exhibition will celebrate the school's unique approach to analysis as a didactic, structural and abstract discipline. Drawing from the Architecture Archive's collection of student projects, the show will examine significant works of architecture from the Renaissance through the modern period, as well as recently completed buildings. The exhibition will present a broad range of techniques of analysis and representation, which have evolved radically in recent years-from precisely constructed hand drawings to digital drawings and virtual processes that explore new modes of analysis using a variety of materials and tools within a single project. 


October 14 - November 26, 2013 Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 14, 6:30pm 


The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery 

The Cooper Union 

7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor 

New York, NY 10003 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12-7pm 

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union 

This exhibition has been made possible with support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.



Image: USSR Pavilion_Konstantin Melnikov_Charles Krekelberg_Design III Spring 1994 D002_T


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


Architecture in the Expanded Field
On view

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.

On view September 12 - 27, 2014

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

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 fa´┐Żade 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. 

Open Life-Drawing Sessions
Beginning Sept 30
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Rm 630C
Foundation Bldg
Students are invited to join the open life-drawing sessions to be held on Tuesday evenings through the end of the semester beginning on Tuesday 30 September. 

Please contact Anna Hostvedt, Senior Painting Office Coordinator, with any questions.
email: [email protected]
phone: 212.353.4257 / 4013




DESIGN COMPETITION | Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service have just launched National Parks Now, an international competition inviting teams of emerging professionals to reshape the visitor experience at four extraordinary national parks in the Northeast. Register by October 10, 2014. learn more ...

REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS | The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women. You are invited to nominate a woman or yourself. Deadline: October 31, 2014. learn more ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), is pleased to announce the first annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students. The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts. Register by December 3, 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 ...


FILM SCREENING | The film THE MAKING OF AN AVANT-GARDE: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984, a documentary written, produced and directed by Diana Agrest, will be screened at the Princeton University School of Architecture on October 1, 2014.  learn more ... 

CONFERENCE | Diane Lewis will be a keynote speaker at the Mediated Cities conference held at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA on October 1-4, 2014. She will be presenting her position on architecture as approached in her practice and through her studio teaching embodied in the forthcoming book OPEN CITY, which is a selection of fourth year student studio work on civic institutions for the city, from 2001 to 2014. learn more ...

THE GUARDIAN | In the article "Row over Olympic cauldron design settled out of court", The Guardian reported that organizers of the London Olympics acknowledge the work of design firm Atopia, run by David Turnbull and Jane Harrison. read more ...

CONFERENCE | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa presented his computational research Digital Interfaces: Structuring Fluid Territories as part of the Demo Lineup at the NYC Media Lab Annual Summit held at the New School on September 19, 2014. learn more ...


Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio AR '55) | exhibition design | "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, May 8-August 10, 2014 

Peggy Deamer (AR '77) | workshop participant | "Measurement and Issues Panel: Design Systems and Standards for Societal Change," OfficeUS: Issues - Labor LEED Workshop, OfficeUS, Venice, Italy, September 18-20, 2014 

Alexander Gorlin (AR '78) | article | "Housewares by Modern Architects," The New York Times, September 17, 2014 

Lee Skolnick (AR '79) | article | "Behind the Curtain," Architect Magazine, August 6, 2014 

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | news | "Shigeru Ban to Construct Tainan Museum of Fine Arts,", September 15, 2014 

Shigeru Ban (AR '84) | awardee | 2014 Inaugural Asia Game Changer Award, sponsored by the Asia Society, New York, NY, October 16, 2014 

Claire Robinson (AR '88) | workshop participant | 2014 National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, Washington, DC, October 23-24, 2014 

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR '96) | book review | "Harry Seidler: LifeWork," by Vladimir Belogolovsky, Architectural Record, September 2014 

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee AR '97) | exhibition/honoree | "Thinnest Light," special mention, Design Competition for Seosomun-bakk Historic Site organized by the Jung-gu Office Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Architects Institute. Exhibition on view at Myeongdong Cathedral Gallery 1898, Seoul, September 15-26, 2014 

Purvi Ghandi Irwin (AR '03) | presenter | "WS4-Documentation Data: The Platform for Condition Analysis and the Basis for Preservation Project Planning," 2014 Association for Preservation Technology Annual Conference, Quebec, Canada, October 26-27, 2014 

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | fabricator | "Grohe And Designers Question Future Of Bathroom Design," Interior Design, June 18, 2014

Snarkitecture (Alex Mustonen AR '05) | article | "Interview: Snarkitecture Talk Reimagining Buildings and Objects, Projects for En Noir and Richard Chai," Complex, August/September 2014 

Jaeho Chong (AR '09) | collaborator | A Needle Woman: Galaxy was a Memory, Earth is a Souvenir, Cornell Council for the Arts, Ithaca, NY, September 18-December 22, 2014 

Lawrence Lek (M. Arch. II '12) | article | "Lawrence Lek: Simulated Reality & Re.presence," Port Magazine, May 21, 2014 

Ling-Li Tseng (M. Arch. II '12) | group exhibition | "Bloom", transformable pavilion, Harvard Arts First Festival, Cambridge, MA, May 1-4, 2014 

Gabriella D'Angelo (M. Arch. II '12) | article | "Visionaries Imagine a New York City 'Designed for Free Speech'," Common Dreams, June 9, 2014

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