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Tuesday 15 September 2015  

Master of Architecture II Thesis Exhibition

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.

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: Installaion view, Houghton Gallery
Beyond Urbanization?

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 and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design


For over a century New York, the most expensive city in the nation, has also been a leading provider of affordable housing and a laboratory for innovative housing initiatives. In fact, more than 2,000,000 New Yorkers have market rate protection of some kind for their housing - an estimated total that approaches the size of the population of Houston. Mayor de Blasio's Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan seeks to add or preserve 200,000 units. How, in the broadest terms, can New York City's century old legacy of affordable housing be sustained? What will tomorrow's solutions be and who will fund them? This symposium will bring together housing advocates, developers, community leaders, and city officials. They will discuss how to embrace subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity and neighborhood stability, and, not least, as a critical investment in the city's workforce into the 21st century. "Affordable Housing: What about the Future?" is the kick-off symposium of our upcoming exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy.

Cooper Union students, faculty and staff may use the discount code AH10 to purchase tickets. 

Opening Keynote by Barney Frank, Former Congressman, D-MA
Architectural League of New York

Open to current students, the Student Program offers an inside look at the architectural profession and highlights the varied and creative career paths open to graduates of architecture school. The day is broken into a morning presentations and panel discussion, followed by afternoon studio tours. 

Morning panelists include: Nadine Maleh, Institute for Public Architecture; AJ Pires, Alloy Development; Sara Valente, Stereotank and LOT-EK. 

Afternoon studio tours include: Adjaye Associates, Andrew Berman Architect, Ennead Architects, KPF, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Rockwell Group, Studio Gang, TEN Arquitectos, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, WXY Architecture + Urban Design 

The end of the day reception will be held at Sn°hetta. 

To register for this program or if you have any questions, please email Matt Ragazzo at or call at (212) 753-1722 x13.

Journey to Unexpected Solutions 

With an emphasis on collaborative problem-solving and experimentation, Heatherwick Studio's integrative approach to practice addresses the relationship between form, context, and making, frequently incorporating new materials and innovative technology in its designs. The firm works in a broad range of scales, from product design and temporary structures to infrastructure and large-scale architectural projects.

A major retrospective of the firm's work, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, curated by Brooke Hodge, is on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through January 3, 2016.

TICKETING: Tickets are free for Cooper Union students and faculty with valid ID. Space is limited, you must reserve in advance by e-mailing

Image: Garden Bridge, London, 2012-18, Heatherwick Studio. Credit: Arup Copyright: Arup
Interviews with the incoming Freshman class

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 three of the series, students interviewed include Noah Silver (Architecture), Qishi "Jasmine" Tang (Engineering) and Eric Goins (Art)


FELLOWSHIP | CAA's Professional-Development Fellowships program supports promising artists, designers, craftspersons, historians, curators, and critics who are enrolled in MFA, PhD, and other terminal degree programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $10,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers. Deadlines: October 2, 2015 and November 16, 2015   learn more ...

DESIGN AWARD | The Architect's Newspaper is proud to announce its third annual Best Of Design Awards, a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements. Entrants are invited to submit completed works in 18 categories that reflect A|N's editorial coverage, as well as the interests and obsessions of our readers. From the winners of these categories, one will be chosen as Project of the Year. Register by October 9, 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 ... 
DESIGN COMPETITION | Young & Ayata, co-founded by Michael Young, have been awarded one of two first prizes for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. The announcement has been covered in the Architect's Newspaper blog, Design Boom, and among others. learn more ...

SYMPOSIUM | Michael Young and Jennifer W. Leung are both invited speakers at the Right Now Symposium hosted by SCI-Arch in Los Angeles, CA on September 25-26, 2015. learn more ...

EXHIBITION | Daniel Meridor's proposal "Subversive Tendencies in Spanish Ghost Towns" will be exhibited in "Beautiful Decay" held in Miami and opening on the September 18, 2015. learn more ...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller AR ; Ricardo Scofidio AR ) | article | "Exhibitions Where Moral Force Trumps Market Forces," Art & Design, New York Times, September 7, 2015

Kevin Kavanagh (AR 95) | juror | World Architecture News Facade Award 2015

Gjergji Shkurti (AR 11) | reading | "On the Rocks," Front Art Space, New York, NY, August 10-September 12, 2015


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