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Lecture by Marlon Blackwell
Drawing from the Archive: Analysis as Design
Upcoming: Lecture by Tao DuFour
Open Life-Drawing Sessions
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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
Lecture by Marlon Blackwell
Oct 8 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street


This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York. 


Marlon Blackwell will discuss recent projects, such as the Steven L. Anderson Design Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church, Springdale, Arkansas. Both of these works expand the range and scale of his design philosophy, which is based, as he describes it, on "strategies that draw upon vernacular and the contradictions of place." 


Marlon Blackwell is a distinguished professor and department head of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. 


Free to current Cooper Union students/facutly/staff and League members.


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Image: Marlon Blackwell Architects, Saint Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church | photo by Timothy Hursley 

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: Archery Pavillion, plan, Kang, 2005

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. 

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.
phone: 212.353.4257 / 4013




DESIGN COMPETITION | Breaking New Ground is an international design and ideas competition addressing the urgent affordable housing needs of farmworker and service worker families in the Coachella Valley. Efforts to improve living conditions suffer from a lack of funding and coordination. The competition seeks to address this by harnessing the power of design to envision new precedents, mechanisms, and policies for affordable housing implementation and development, with implications for California and the nation. No entry fee for student teams. Deadline: October 21, 2014.  learn more ...

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 ... 

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 ... 

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 ...

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 SCREENINGS | 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 UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design followed by a panel discussion with Agrest, Nicholas de Monchaux, Sylvia Lavin and Stanley Saitowitz on October 8, 2014. The film has also been selected for the 10th Annual Cinema Orange Film Series presented by OCMA and Newport Beach Film Festival at Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, on Thursday November 6, 2014, as well as being officially selected for the San Diego Design Film Festival 2014. 

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW | Anthony Vidler contributed the article "After the Event: Bernard Tschumi Retrospective at the Pompidou Centre," for The Architectural Review,  September 3, 2014. read more ...

LECTURE | Michael Young lectured as part of the Fall 2014 Architecture Lecture Series at Texas A&M University School of Architecture on September 29, 2014. learn more ...

EXHIBITIONS | Emmy Mikelson curated the exhibition No Egress: Dark Ecologies opening on October 3, 2014 at Heliopolis Projects, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Her artwork has also been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Celeste Prize and will be included in an exhibition in Milan, Italy opening November 15, 2014. 

Carmi Bee (AR '67) | article | "Future Islands: Two worlds and two community health needs," Architect Magazine, July 2014

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | news | "Daniel Libeskind Memorializes, Moves Forward," Commercial Observer, September 24, 2014

Maurice Cox (AR '83) | juror | Future Ground, an Interdisciplinary Design & Policy Competition to Develop Long-Term Strategies for Land Reuse in New Orleans, sponsored by Van Alen Institute 

Catherine Seavitt (AR '94) | article | "Motoring in Jamaica Bay," The Architect's Newspaper, September 19, 2014 

Michael Scaduto (AR '03) | session leader | Fall 2014 ARE Boot Camp: Building Design and Construction Systems, Center for Architecture, New York, NY, October 5, 2014 

Sean Khorsandi (AR '04) | co-presenter | "Paul Rudolph: Beyond Sarasota," Sarasota Mod Week[end], Sarasota, FL, October 10, 2014 

Daniel Webre (AR '06) | co-presenter | "Paul Rudolph: Beyond Sarasota," Sarasota Mod Week[end], Sarasota, FL, October 10, 2014

Lior Galili (AR '06) | presenter | "Overlaid networks of the city as organism," Mediated City - Los Angeles conference, Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, October 3, 2014

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