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Lecture by Sarat Babu (Betatype)
Nov 25 at 6:30pm
Rm 315F
Foundation Bldg

Dr. Sarat Babu is a material scientist and designer that has focused on converging both disciplines into a singular practice. To that end he founded Betatype, an entity focusing on developing materials and future products through new manufacturing process. Betatype focuses on physical making at the heart of its methods, alloying both technical analysis and craft techniques to simultaneously design materials and forms that can create a new generation of products.

This lecture is part of the School of Architecture's Fall 2014 Student Lecture Series.


Lecture by Walter Hood
Dec 2 at 7pm
The Great Hall
7 East 7 Street
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

Walter Hood's firm works primarily in the urban public realm, with projects ranging from small, community-based interventions to large-scale landscape commissions. His landscapes address the complexities of urban space by particularizing and layering function, incorporating what he terms "hybrid" spatial strategies, a pragmatic multifocal approach to design that Hood described in a recent article as reflecting "collisions of differing points of view, which 'fuse the un-fuseable.'"

Moderated by Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, and director of the Graduate Urban Design Studio at the City University of New York

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

Image: Hood Design Studio, The New deYoung Museum | courtesy of the firm

Bamiyan Cultural Centre
Submissions due
Jan 22, 2015
After a long period of turmoil, Afghanistan is beginning its second decade of democratic governance.

While the rehabilitation process in Afghanistan typically focuses on infrastructure, rebuilding can also advance the goal of national unity by promoting positive public discourse and cross-cultural understanding. As a result, ethnic diversity can be seen as a collective benefit, rather than a source of fragmentation and conflict.

To this end, UNESCO and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, with the generous financial support of the Republic of Korea, are implementing a project to build the Bamiyan Cultural Centre. The Centre will be located near the boundary of the World Heritage property, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley. The purpose of the project is to promote heritage safe-guarding and cross-cultural awareness, and thereby contribute to the broader aims of reconciliation, peace-building and economic development in the country.

The competition is an open call for proposals based on an anonymous design submission. Architects, engineers, designers and students can develop and submit a proposal for the Cultural Centre in Bamiyan, as individuals, companies or joint ventures. One team member must be a licensed / registered architect. Participation in the competition is free and is open to all without restriction of country of origin.

The Jury, comprised of National and International experts, will shortlist the entries and select the winning project design. The jurors included Zahra Breshna, Ajmal Maiwandi, Young Joon Kim, Robert Knox, and Elizabeth O'Donnell.

Image: Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Fairy Tales II
Submissions due
Jan 23, 2015
After the record breaking success of Fairy Tales 2014, with entries from over 50 different countries, registration is now open for the second edition of the competition.

Fairy Tales is a single phase competition. Participation is open to architects, designers, writers, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives worldwide. Individual or group entries are permitted. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered and paid for separately. The indication of a group leader is mandatory. Proposals do not need to be generated exclusively for this competition, but they must address the intent of the competition and should not have been published elsewhere before. The official language of the competition is English. All proposals must be submitted in English.

Jurors included Anish Kapoor, Paola Antonelli, Karim Rashid, among other leading artists, architects and designers.

Discounted Student Registration ($30). Students will be required to enter their University or College, and their .edu email address.

Image: Fairy Tales, 2014


CALL FOR PROPOSALS | DOT Art commissions emerging and established artists to produce site-responsive art in collaboration with community-based organizations to be on display for up to 11 months. Interested organizations and artists are required to submit a joint application and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to receive up to $5,000 toward direct project costs and in-kind engineering support. Deadline: November 28, 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 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 ...

STUDENT FELLOWSHIP | The 2015 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2015 and provides students with an opportunity to enrich their educational experience. Deadline: January 23, 2015   learn more ...

ARNOLD W. BRUNNER GRANT | In partnership with the AIA NY Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation administers the Brunner grant, which supports advanced study in any area of architectural investigation that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture. The proposed investigation is to result in a final written work, design project, research paper, or other form of presentation. Deadline: February 1, 2015  learn more ...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | AIA New York's annual Design Awards Program recognizes outstanding architectural design by AIA New York Chapter members, New York City based architects in any location, and work in New York City by architects around the globe. The purpose of the awards program is to honor the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to achieve design excellence. Deadline: February 6, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT COMPETITION | The IESNYC is celebrating the 15th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year's theme, RESIDUAL SPARKS challenges students to construct a 3-dimensional study demonstrating how light is interwoven with time and memory. Students currently enrolled in a NYC based college or university are eligible. Deadline: February 8, 2015  learn more ...

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | The 2014-2015 cycle of the I Like Design Competition's theme is the design of the 21-Century Hotel Lobby. This year's student winner will receive a paid internship at Studio3877 in Washington, D.C., for the summer of 2015 and paid housing for the duration. They also win a trip to NeoCon in June and coverage in both print and online features with Interiors & Sources. Students of all creative disciplines are welcome to participate but must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a U.S. college or university. Deadline: February 23, 2015 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 ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ARQ, edited since 1981 at the Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Architecture, is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to architectural matters. Its themed, bilingual issues are published three times a year (April, August and December) in both printed and electronic domains. ARQ is accepting contributions to be published in ARQ90, on August 2015, themed: Steel Architecture. Deadline: March 9, 2015 learn more ...

RSA-US STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS | RSA-US Student Design Awards (SDA-US) is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change which connects design students and faculty with industry needs. This program is open only to undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States. Deadline: March 18, 2015   learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller AR '79; Ricardo Scofidio AR '55) | news | "Under Construction: Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building," The Architect's Newspaper blog, November 19, 2014 

Legge Lewis Legge (Murray Legge AR '90) | news | "Creek Show shines a light on Austin's Waller Creek," The Architect's Newspaper blog, November 19, 2014 

Yael Erel (AR '02) | exhibition | Light-scapes, Schenectady Museum of Innovation and Science, Schenectady, NY October 4, 2014-January 4, 2015, Schenectady, NY; Artist talk and reception on December 6, 2014 

Atelier Alter (Yingfan Zhang AR'06) | article | "Atelier Alter Translates bamboo into Double Fa�ade for Senior Center,", November 10, 2014

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