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Upcoming: The Fate of Cities in the Long Emergency
Upcoming: Lecture by O'Donnell + Tuomey
Upcoming: Lecture by Bernard Tschumi
Ongoing: Drawing from the Archive, thru Nov 26
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Lecture by Remo Guidieri
Oct 21 at 12pm
RM 315
Foundation Bldg

Remo Guideri will present the lecture "Farewell to the Arms" at noon in rm 315 on Tuesday 21 October. All members of The Cooper Union are invited to attend. 



Remo Guidieri, Professor of Anthropology and Aesthetics, Nanterre University, Paris; Ecoles des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Co-founder of Res: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics (Peabody Museum, Cambridge, Mass.) 


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Analysis as Design
On view thru Nov 26
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 Street
Presenting 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

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

This exhibition is a program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month, New York City, October 2014.

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Image: Model by Alexander Gorlin, Design III, Fall 1975

Oct 23 at 6:30pm

The Great Hall

7 East 7 Street



A Lecture by James Howard Kunstler

This lecture will present an illustrated survey of the economic and social dislocations at hand and the effect they will have on the organization of daily life in a post-techno-industrial future. This includes a discussion of the link between energy and capital creation; the linked issues of wishful thinking and techno-narcissism; and the circumstances bearing down that will compel us to live differently if we expect to remain civilized.

Mr. Kunstler is the author of The Geography of Nowhere, Home From Nowhere, The City in Mind, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic, as well as the four-part World Made By Hand series of novels, the latest of which is A History of the Future.

Free and Open to the Public


Presented by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design


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O'Donnell + Tuomey
Oct 28 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street

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


Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey of O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects will present their work in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey have worked together for more than 25 years. Established in 1988, their firm, O'Donnell + Tuomey, first gained recognition for their design of the Irish Film Centre, Dublin, which won the Downes Medal in the same year. Other notable early projects include the Lewis Glucksman Gallery at University College, Cork, and Timberland Social Housing, Dublin. More recent work includes the Gallery of Photography, London; Lyric Theatre, Belfast; and An Gaeláras Irish Language Centre, Derry.

Free to current Cooper Union students/facutly/staff and League members; non-members can purchase tickets here.


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Image: O'Donnell + Tuomey, LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre | copyright Dennis Gilbert
Lecture by Bernard Tschumi
Nov 24 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Bernard Tschumi's buildings and theoretical writings have significantly influenced architectural form and discourse for over forty years. A recent comprehensive retrospective of his work at the Pompidou Centre, Paris, provided visitors with a visual, documentary, and experiential survey of his practice. Tschumi's design for the exhibition reflects his approach to understanding architecture, as he describes in the catalogue Architecture: Concept & Notation, "the art of inventing concepts in space through materials."

Bernard Tschumi founded his practice in 1983 in Paris after winning the Parc de La Villette competition, his first major commission. He opened Bernard Tschumi Architects based in New York City in 1988, and Bernard Tschumi urbanistes Architectes based in Paris in 2002. Notable works include the New Acropolis Museum, Athens; as well as Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing, France; and the Limoges Concert Hall, Limoges, France. Current work includes Carnal Hall, at Le Rosey, the Swiss boarding school, as well as the Muséoparc Alésia, Alise-Sainte-Reine, France, and the Paris Zoo. Other current projects include the Vacheron Constantin Headquarters addition, Geneva, and the New Hague Passage, The Hague.

Moderated by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.

Free to current Cooper Union students/faculty/staff and League members; non-members can purchase tickets here

Image: Bernard Tschumi Architects, Alésia MuséoParc | photo by Christian Richters
student pro
Architectural League of New York
Oct 18, 11am - 5:30p
Trespa Design Center
62 Green Street
The Student Program offers an inside look at the architectural profession. The program highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school.

Cooper Union students can register directly for the Student Program by emailing Sophie Elias, The admission fee is waived thanks to our relationship with the League but you must register in advance. Space is limited

The day includes:

- A panel discussion featuring a diverse group of dynamic young architects.
- Afternoon studio tours at some of the city's most interesting firms.
- An end of the day reception at Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers.

Panel: Dana Getman, SHoP Architects, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, SITU Studio, and Kyle May, Abrahams May Architects and CLOG at Trespa Design Centre

Studio Visits: Allied Works Architecture, COOKFOX Architects, OMA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Snøhetta, Thomas Phifer and Partners, Weiss/Manfredi, WORKac, WXY Architecture + Urban Design

End of Day Reception: Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers



CALL FOR PAPERS/TALKS | The Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Doctor of Design program are hosting an international interdisciplinary conference open to the general public. The conference focuses on 'data' and how it is steering design practices across all scales. We are looking for expressions of interest for talks from theorists and practitioners alike. Deadline: November 4, 2014 learn more ...

TEACHING FELLOWSHIP | The Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico is currently seeking applications from recent MArch, MS Arch, MDes, DDes or PhD graduates to join the faculty for one calendar year as a teaching fellow. Applicants should be no more than four years out of a graduate architecture program and looking to launch a career in architectural design education. Evidence of the capacity to be a skilled design instructor is essential, although experience teaching design studio full time is not required. The successful applicant will be hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor, with the added title of New Mexico Architecture Teaching Fellow. Deadline: November 10, 2014  learn more ...

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 ...

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 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, 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  learn more ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Anthony Vidler was a panelist for the Environmental Communications: Contact Hight exhibition opening and discussion at Columbia University GSAPP on October 6, 2014.  learn more ...

LECTURE | Tamar Zinguer will present the talk "Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys" as part of the Architectural Theory Fall 2014 Lecture Series at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture on October 20, 2014.  learn more ...

LECTURE | Michael Young will present the talk Techne with Kutan Ayata and Adam Dayem as part of the the Positions Student Lectures Series at RPI on October 18, 2014. learn more ...

PUBLICATION | Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa has contributed an essay to the recent publication Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture. learn more ...

ARTICLE | The New York Hall of Sciences project by Situ Studio, where Wes Rozen is partner, was recently profiled in Interior Design magazine in the article "Where Ideas Blast Off: Situ Studio Reinvents New York Hall of Science." read more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | discussion | Cocktails & Conversations - Daniel Libeskind and Brett Littman, the Center for Architecture, New York, NY, October 17, 2014 

Jesse Reiser (AR '81) | lecture | University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, October 16, 2014 

Margaret Matz (AR '83) | speaker | "Enhancing Cultural Experience by Designing for Inclusion," ABX 2014 Conference, Boston, MA, October 28-30, 2014 

Gina Pollara (AR '91) | lecture | "Water Works! A history of the New York City water supply," sponsored by The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, taking place at Hudson Park Library, New York, NY, October 28, 2014 

Clodagh (Nancie Min, AR '94) | project team member | "Zen and the Art of Urban Existence: Abington House Interiors by Clodagh," Interior Design, September 2014 

Dufner Heighes (Gregory Dufner, AR '99) | article | "Second Time Around," Interior Design, September 2014 

John Lin (AR '02) and Olivier Ottevaere (AR '02) | award | "Small Project of the Year 2014 award goes to a community library with a rooftop playground," Dezeen Magazine, October 3, 2014 

Bradley Samuels (AR '05) | lecture | "Signal to Noise," The Cooper Union School of Art Interdisciplinary Seminar, October 14, 2014 

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny (AR '05) | panelist | The Architectural League Annual Student Program 2014, Trespa Design Center, New York, NY, October 18, 2014 

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | article |  "Where Ideas Blast Off: Situ Studio Reinvents New York Hall of Science," Interior Design, September 2014

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