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The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan
Opening Reception
Jan 27
Houghton Gallery
7 East 7 Street

Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries. Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan exhibits the photographs she took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.


Architecturally unique, Kyrgyzstan's dramatically sited cemeteries reveal the complex nature of the Kyrgyz people's religious and cultural identities. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. After the territory was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876, enamel portraits for the deceased were attached to the Muslim monuments. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds, for it is not Kyrgyz tradition for the living to frequent the graves of the dead. 


On view January 27 - February 28, 2015


Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 27, 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


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Margaret Morton, Baitik Environs, 2006

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.

Coordinated by Koukaba Mojadidi (AR '01) as the Architect for UNESCO Kabul, Culture Unit. 
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


STUDENT COMPETITION | The Illuminating Engineering Society New York City (IESNYC) is celebrating the 15th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year's theme, RESIDUAL SPARKS challenges students to build a 3-dimensional study on how light is interwoven with time and memory. What we have seen is imprinted in memory, and affects how we view the world. The lights of our childhood become the inspiration for new technologies. Memories serve as sparks for bright new creations that can pay homage or serve to challenge an original concept. Deadline: March 3, 2015  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 OPPORTUNITY: CALL FOR ENTRIES | GRAPHITE Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts is a scholarly journal created through the HAMMER Museum and the University of California, Los Angeles. GRAPHITE seeks original essays, reviews, criticism, interviews and artwork from graduate and undergraduate students nationwide for its sixth annual issue, organized around the concept of "Practice." All disciplinary fields are welcome to submit. Deadline: January 9, 2015  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 ...

IN CONVERSATION | The Architectural League of New York invited Farshid Moussavi and Elizabeth O'Donnell for a dialogue about Moussavi's professional work, teaching, and research on the occasion of her April 2014 Current Work lecture at The Cooper Union.  read more ...

ARTICLE | Townhouse for Matt Sabatine (1984) designed by Diana Agrest and Mario Gandelsonas is featured in the article "The Postmodern Watchlist" in the November 2014 issue of Metropolis Magazine.  read more ...

ESSAY | Stephen Rustow contributed the opinion piece "The Privatization of Prospect" for the Architectural League of New York's Urban Omnibus: The Culture of City Making on December 3, 2014.  read more ...

PRESENTATION | Gia Wolff will be a participant in "Escape Routes: New Itineraries," which includes design presentations followed by conversations held at The Van Alen Institute on December 14, 2014. learn more ...


Daniel Libeskind (AR '70) | keynote | IIDEXCanada: National Desing + Architecture Exposition and Conference, Toronto, Ontario, December 3-4, 2014 

Studio Ma (Dan Hoffman AR '76) | article | "Design Vanguard 2014", Architectural Record, December 2014 

Jeffrey Hou (AR'90) | keynote | "Asian Streets as Insurgent Public Space", Great Asian Streets Symposium, National University of Singapore, December 12, 2014

James Paul Dallas (AR '08) | curator | "City Screens: GET LOST!", film screening held at Anthology Film Archives (sponsored by Van Alen Institute), New York, NY, December 8, 2014

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