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Upcoming: The Fate of Cities in the Long Emergency
Upcoming: Lecture by O'Donnell + Tuomey
Architecture Open House: Nov 16
Upcoming: Lecture by Bernard Tschumi
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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 Michael Morris, Heidi Webber Pavilion, Le Corbusier

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
open house 

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture
Nov 16, Saturday
The Cooper Union
7 East 7 Street
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, November 16th. 

The event will include a welcome from Acting Dean Elizabeth O'Donnell, facilities tours, a student panel, and an opportunity to meet faculty and current students. Attendees may bring a sample of recent work with them to show to staff, though this is not required. 

Please note that registration is required for this event. Please register here.

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

School of Architecture Featured in Korean Air's World Academies Series
October 2014 Issue

The School of Architecture has been featured in Korean Air's October 2014 issue of the magazine Morning Calm as part of its World Academies series. The article titled "Building Prestige" describes The Cooper Union as "one of the most unique and prestigious universities in the United States." Faculty member Guido Zuiliani, fourth-year student Jemuel Joseph and Acting Dean Elizabeth O'Donnell were interviewed for the article. 

Image: Design III review, Spring 2014; MorningCalm, October 2014, page 72


TRAVEL GRANT | The Center for Architecture Foundation is accepting application for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Deadline: November 1, 2014. learn more ...

2015 BERKELEY PRIZE: STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION | Each year, the PRIZE Committee selects a topic critical to the discussion of the social art of architecture and poses a Question based on that topic. Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in any architecture degree program or majoring in architecture throughout the world (or teams of two students, one of whom may be from a collateral discipline) are invited to submit a 500-word Essay proposal responding to the Question. This year the topic is: Architects Confront Poverty. Deadline: November 1, 2014. learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLAT Journal (Rice School of Architecture ) invites projects, images, essays and proposals for the 4.5 issue, Frequency. Architecture is more than the accumulation of inert mass. Buildings embody, direct, store, and emit energy over time; PLAT is calling the measure of these processes frequency. Deadline: December 19, 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 ... 

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 ...

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 ...


SYMPOSIUM | Anthony Vidler is a speaker on the Architecture Pedagogy panel for the symposium in honor of Michael Graves, "Past as Prologue." The event is organized by the Architectural League of New York and will be hosted by Parsons The New School for Design on November 22, 2014. learn more ...

PANEL AND ARTICLES | Stephen Rustow is a speaker on "Unlimited Growth" panel for the Architecture Boston Expo 2014 on November 1st. Rustow has also contributed the article "Facadism: On the Demolition of the American Folk Art Musuem" for the Avery Review (Columbia GSAPP) and the article "A.F.A.M / MoMA" for the Brooklyn Rail.

LECTURE | Michael Young will deliver the lecture "Drawings, Objects, Buildings" as part of the Fall 2014 Lecture Series at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design on November 10, 2014. learn more ...

CONFERENCE | Lydia Xynogala will present the paper "Mendeleev's Maps, Measures and the Magnetic Mountain" at the 2014 History of Science Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL on November 6-9, 2014. learn more ...

Lee Skolnick (AR '79) | speaker | "New Kids on the Bloc: American Architects Working in Post-Soviet Culture Sectors," Center for Architecture, New York, NY, November 6, 2014 

Karen Bermann (AR '83) | co-author | "'We work it out': Roma settlements in Rome and the limits of do-it-yourself," Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, v7, issue 4, September 2014

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | lecture | "Do-It-Yourself Urbanism Workshop", Alaska Design Forum, Anchorage Museum, November 2, 2014. 

Jeffrey Hou (AR '90) | keynote | "Making a Welcoming Community: Inclusive Practices of Community Participation and Design", University of Alaska, Anchorage, November 3, 2014. 

Anders Abraham (AR '91) | two-person exhibition | "House in Motion", Danish Architecture Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 11-November 16, 2014

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