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Tuesday 25 August 2015  

The Critical Moment²
Master of Architecture II Thesis Exhibition 
Opening Reception
Sept 10

The criticality of this moment for re-thinking the object of architecture through a critical approach to architectural discourse is at the core of the Advanced Research Studio. Established boundaries are questioned by articulating architecture with other discourses, not as a pre-assumed necessity, but out of the questions that are raised by the studio's program and the projects produced in it.

Based on the premise that there is not a separation between theory and practice and specifically, between research and project, but rather a continuum, the studio work is based on extensive research from environmental sciences to philosophy, history, technology, arts and media, focusing on the design process in terms of the multiple forces at play in its production, thus opening the field. Transcending the limitations of a product-oriented approach, new perspectives and narratives that generate potential solutions are developed.

Topics presented within this exhibition include urban segregation in Chicago, understanding the natural disasters of tornados, an exploration of narratives of power / city as theater in Tiananmen Square, and issues of time and space in the financial market.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 6:00-8:00pm

On view September 10 - 25, 2013

The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7pm

Image: Hurricane Formation - Hsing-O Chiang
Tactile City
Aug 2015

This past May a small group of just-graduated Cooper Union students and a faculty member met with officials from New York City's Department of Design and Construction, including its Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis and Commissioner Victor Caliese of the Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD). They visited the MOPD to present a proposal, called Tactile City, that answered a request sent by the DDC on how to better enable the visually impaired to navigate construction zones. But in typical Cooper style, the group responded by giving an answer with a far more ambitious scope. Its development sprang from a collaboration that cut across all swaths of the Cooper community -- students, alumni, staff and faculty -- who brought their expertise from all three of the schools of The Cooper Union. If put into place, Tactile City would change the sidewalks of New York into pathways that can be read using a language of textures.

"It's a fascinating challenge," says Teddy Kofman AR'13, an instructor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture who was the faculty lead on the project. "As architects we don't only design a building. We also have a responsibility to create and form the spaces around it and their experience. These spaces and experiences must be accessible to everyone."

Participating students and alumni included: Ratan Sur CE'15, Charlie Blanchard AR'15, Chris Taleff AR'15, Sam Friedberg AR' 15 and Thomas Heyer AR'16, Emilie Gossiaux A'14 and Wai-Jee Ho A'11.

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 Illustrations courtesy of Tactile City


FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM | Bard Graduate Center offers a number of fellowship opportunities for researchers working in these and allied areas. The fellowship programs at the Bard Graduate Center are designed to further the institution's goal of promoting research in the areas of decorative arts, design history and material culture-what we call the "cultural history of the material world." learn more ...

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY | Every year, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. Hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York. OHNY invites you to join our team of over 1,000 volunteers who help to make OHNY Weekend one of New York's most exciting events! Deadline: September 13, 2015 learn more ...

RESEARCH AWARD | The Marion Dean Ross chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to offer the 2015 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award. The purpose of the EWP Research Award is to further awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Awards range from $500 and $2000 in any given year and are awarded to from one to several recipients per year. Deadline: September 15, 2015 learn more ...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: THE CITY OF DREAMS | FIGMENT has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion on Governors Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2016 pavilion will be our sixth City of Dreams Pavilion. Register by September 20, 2015 learn more ...

ARCHITECTURE AWARD | Now in their 16th year, the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards are the world's most popular and prestigious prize for up-and-coming architects, giving emerging practices invaluable impetus on their trajectory to wider recognition and success. Previous winners of the Awards have included Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Thomas Heatherwick (UK), Sean Godsell (Australia), Jurgen Mayer H. (Germany) and Li Xiaodong (China). Deadline: August 28, 2015  learn more ...

NEMETSCHEK VECTORWORKS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP | The scholarship supports the next generation of creative potential on two levels. Round one winners will move on to compete for the grand prize, The Richard Diehl Award, in round two. Plus, entering is simple. Submit your best work and answer three short questions by August 31, 2015. learn more ...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | ARPA Journal is seeking submission for ISSUE 04 INSTRUMENTS OF SERVICE. "Instruments of Service" is a class of legally protected work products defined in the American Institute of Architects' "A201-2007 General Conditions" as "representations, in any medium of expression now known or later developed, of the tangible and intangible creative work performed by the Architect." Contributions may include opinion pieces, examinations of pivotal moments in the history of applied research, investigations of the protocols of research practice and photo essays on research projects. Deadline: September 1, 2015 learn more ... 

FILM COMPETITION | The Look Up Film Challenge is a timed film competition that challenges participants to make a short film about how architects and their work enrich our personal lives and our community-from homes to open spaces-in every community across the country. Submissions will be judged by a panel of esteemed AIA members and media professionals, presenting $3,000 in cash prizes and experiential awards, including two roundtrip tickets to Austin, Texas, and badges for the iconic festival, SXSW. Check website for registration updates. 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 ... 

ACSA AWARDS | The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is call for nominations and submissions for their annual 2015-2016 Architecture Education Awards. Nominations and submissions are being accepted in several categories. Deadline: September 23, 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 ... 

ARCHITECT'S NEWSPAPER | The exhibition "Measure" was the subject of the article "See how architecture measures up at the Storefront for Art and Architecture's new exhibit" in the Architect's Newspaper on August 13, 2015. The work of Nader Tehrani/NADAA is included in the exhibition. read more ...

SYMPOSIUM | Anthony Vidler presented the lecture "Surface Sensibilities: Smooth and Rough in beton brut" as part of the Obsolescence in the City panel at the Past Imperfect Symposium held at the University College London, UK, on May 26, 2015. learn more ...

PUBLICATION | The work of Young & Ayata (Michael Young and Kutan Ayata) is featured in the Architectural League of New York's publication Young Architects 16: Overlay (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015). learn more ...

PUBLICATION | Tulay Atak contributed an essay to the publication Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity (Brill, 2015). learn more ...

Daniel Libeskind (AR 70) | news | "Libeskind's High-Rise Tower for the High Life in São Paulo," Azure Magazine, August 17, 2015 

Daniel Libeskind (AR 70) | interviewee | Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity, DOM Publishers, May 2015

Elizabeth Diller (AR 79) | interviewee | Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity, DOM Publishers, May 2015

Reiser + Umemoto (Jesse Reiser, AR 81; Nanako Umemoto, AR 83) | article | "See how architecture measures up at the Storefront for Art & Architecture's new exhibit," The Architect's Newspaper blog, August 13, 2015

Shigeru Ban (AR 84) | interviewee | Conversations with Architects in the Age of Celebrity, DOM Publishers, May 2015

Anthony Titus (AR 98) | article | "See how architecture measures up at the Storefront for Art & Architecture's new exhibit," The Architect's Newspaper blog, August 13, 2015


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