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Tuesday 19 May 2015  

David Chipperfield Architects
May 20 at 7:30pm
Great Hall
7 East 7 Street

Co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture


David Chipperfield is recognized for his ability to design buildings that quietly but forcefully create place with their sculptural form, exemplified by his designs for museums such as Berlin's Neues Museum, winner of the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award, and the recently completed Saint Louis Art Museum. Chipperfield has consistently emphasized the craft of building, whether in new buildings or in expansions and renovations of historic structures, characterized by a sympathetic but not mimetic relationship between old and new. His firm, David Chipperfield Architects, has an international body of work with wide-ranging typologies including cultural, civic, residential, and commercial projects as well masterplans.


Image: David Chipperfield Architects, The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire | copyright Iwan Baan


Come see classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union transformed into exhibition spaces showcasing work from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the School of Art and the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 26th 5pm - 9pm

Located throughout The Foundation Building (7 East 7th Street), and 41 Cooper Square.

Exhibition Hours:
MAY 26 - JUNE 14
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 7pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Free and open to the public.

IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with culture as a driving force. Founded by the New Museum in 2011, it is a major collaborative initiative between hundreds of arts, education, and civic organizations centered on the belief that culture is fundamentally vital to urban growth and innovation. The Festival builds on the New Museum's mission of "New Art, New Ideas" by expanding the Museum beyond its walls into the civic realm.

The theme of this year's Festival is The Invisible City. During three days of conferences, debates, workshops, performances, and architectural and artistic interventions, IDEAS CITY will explore questions of transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, and the enduring quest for visibility. The Festival will reconfigure the Bowery neighborhood into a multi-platform incubator that asks a collective public to explore issues faced by the city, propose solutions, and seed concrete actions.


The Festival kicks off with a series of talks, panels, discussions, and short films at the Great Hall of The Cooper Union. Speakers will include some of the world's most forward-thinking visionaries, who will discuss key civic issues and formulate action for the city of tomorrow.  learn more ...


On the second day, the morning's keynote speech in the Great Hall by The Honorable Juli´┐Żn Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will lead into an afternoon of workshops and an evening of rapid-fire pitches for new urban initiatives, dance battles, hot-air balloon performances, spoken word, and immersive video and sound installations. The invisible undercurrents of urban life will come alive throughout the Lower East Side and Little Italy as IDEAS CITY takes over a basilica and a former gym, ending just before the break of dawn.  learn more ... 


One hundred cultural and community groups will transform the streetscape around the Bowery neighborhood into a temporary city of ideas, redefining public space through participatory programming and unexpected structures for gathering, several of which will be constructed from normally invisible commercial materials. Free and open to the public, all ages.

Cooper Union students and faculty will be participating in the following street events:

For a full schedule of events please check

The Center for Architecture is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 scholarship program. The Eleanor Allwork Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for students seeking their first degree in architecture. This year, three of the five awardees were students from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture:

Alice Felicity Colverd (AR 16)
Aelitta Gore (AR 17)
Joey Parrella (AR 17)

learn more ...


SAH ANNUAL CONFERENCE | The Society of Architectural Historians is now accepting abstracts for its 69th Annual International Conference in Pasadena/Los Angeles, April 6-10, 2016. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations. Deadline: June 9, 2015  learn more ... 

SAH/MELLON AUTHOR AWARDS | The SAH/Mellon Author Awards is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment. The SAH/Mellon Author Awards will provide authors with the financial resources they need to produce scholarly books in their most desirable form. The publication of a monograph continues to be the most valued demonstration of scholarly competence for career advancement and recognition in the humanities. The SAH/Mellon Author Awards jury comprises distinguished mid-career and senior scholars who are members of SAH and whose specializations cover a broad range of scholarship on the built environment. Deadline: June 1, 2015 learn more ...

GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP | Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Deadline: September 19, 2015  learn more ... 

CRAFT RESEARCH FUND GRANT | Since 2005, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design's Craft Research Fund grant program has advanced and expanded research about craft in the United States. The program supports innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history, explores the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture, fosters new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field, and advances investigation of neglected questions on craft history and criticism.Types of grants include: Project Grants, Exhibition Research Grants, Graduate Research Grants, Travel Grants. Deadlines: October 2015  learn more ... 


Daniel Libeskind (AR 70) | article | "Spotlight: Daniel Libeskind,", May 12, 2015 

Smith-Miller+Hawkinson (Laurie Hawkinson, AR 83) | award | 2015 AIA New York Chapter Housing Design Award, Project: West 53rd Street, New York, NY 

Vladimir Belogolovsky (AR 96) | lecture | "Harry Seidler: Painting Towards Architecture," Wiener Planungswerkstatt, Vienna, Austria, May 13, 2015 

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR 97) | article | "Studio Visit: OBRA Architects," The Architect's Newspaper, May 11, 2015 

Alexander Gil (AR 01) | article | "How a Cramped Williamsburg Apartment Doubled In Size,", May 13, 2015 

Emma Fuller (AR 06) | exhibition | "Richmond as a Work of Art: An Exhibition of Drawings," Architectural Plans, Original Photographs - Historic, Contemporary & Projective, By Emma Fuller with select drawings and photographs by Michael Overby, The Richmond Public Library Main Branch, supported by a grant from CultureWorks. On view May 1 - June 2, 2015 

Emma Fuller (AR 06) | article | "The Shine on the Diamond," Style Weekly, May 12, 2015

Michael Overby (AR 06) | exhibition | "Richmond as a Work of Art: An Exhibition of Drawings," Architectural Plans, Original Photographs - Historic, Contemporary & Projective, By Emma Fuller with select drawings and photographs by Michael Overby, The Richmond Public Library Main Branch, supported by a grant from CultureWorks. On view May 1 - June 2, 2015


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