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Tuesday 8 September 2015  

The Critical Moment´┐Ż
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

PLEASE NOTE: The Master of Architecture II final review is scheduled for Wednesday 9/9

Image: Hurricane Formation - Hsing-O Chiang

A Conversation with Toshiko Mori (AR 76) 
Sept 15, 12pm
Rm 315F
Foundation Bldg

Please join us for a conversation with Toshiko Mori followed by lunch in the School of Architecture lobby.

This event is open only to current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff.

Image courtesy Toshiko Mori
Beyond Urbanization? 
Sept 26, 3-7pm
Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Sq

Urbanization is more than the growth and expansion of cities. As Henri Lefebvre wrote, it is a process that encompasses sets of relations and transforms territories. With this symposium, we will address the wider impact of urbanization, both within and beyond the city, in an attempt to imagine the future of the urban.

In Spring, we gathered on Cape Cod to discuss the broader implications of urbanization and questions of land use, housing, infrastructure and ecology in rural settlements. We are now carrying the discussion to New York to further the conversation and examine the implications of urbanization for the city. 

Following presentations and a panel discussion with Susannah Drake and Alexander D'Hooghe, a keynote conversation will be held between Kenneth Frampton and Stan Allen

For more information and an overview of our Cape Code symposium please visit

Symposium organizers: Tulay Atak and Teddy Kofman

Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture

Interviews with the incoming Freshman class
Sept 1, 2015

A new class arrives at The Cooper Union this week. In this second of a weekly series we asked a few of the incoming students some questions about their background, their interests and their hopes.

In part two of the series, students interviewed include Kayla Montes de Oca (Architecture), Oluwadamilola "Olu" Olorode (Engineering) and Kiersten Mercado (Art)



 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 ...

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 ... 

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 ...

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 ... 

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 ...

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 ... 

CONFERENCE | Dorit Aviv will be co-hosting a conference and exhibition at Princeton University with the theme "Ultra-Structures: Demonstrating Micro-processes at the Macro-scales" on September 19, 2015. She will be presenting her current research and prototype of a passive cooling oculus/operable structure. learn more ... 

Daniel Libeskind (AR 70)| article | "Excavation Begins on Libeskind's Pyramid Tower," Architectural Record, August 24, 2015 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR 79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR 55) | article | "The Veil and the Vault," Domus, August 31, 2015

Karen Bausman (AR 82) | news | "Oculus Book Review: 30 Years of Emerging Voices," eOculus, September 2, 2015 

Leslie Gill (AR 82) | news | "Oculus Book Review: 30 Years of Emerging Voices," eOculus, September 2, 2015 

Shigeru Ban (AR 84) | article | "Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for "Nepal Project," Architectural Record, August 14, 2015

Cliff Bollmann (AR 95) | news | "JFK's $48M Animal Terminal Is Cushier Than What Humans Get," Wired, July 2015 

Snarkitecture (Alex Mustonen, AR 05) | news | "The BEACH to be reincarnated in arts competition for D.C.'s Dupont Underground initiative,", September 2, 2015 

Matthew Ostrow (AR 09) | project designer | "L.A. Screenplay: An art museum lifts its perforated veil, revealing the repository for its vast holdings," Architectural Record, September 2015

Lawrence Lek (M.Arch.II '12) | awardee | Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2015, Royal Academy of Arts


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