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Thursday 22 October 2015  

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association

Friday 6 November 6, 6:30pm in The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, NYC

In conjunction with the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, please join our distinguished scholars in a lively conversation about architectural education. Speakers will include Nicholas Boyarsky, Joan Ockman, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Michael Webb and Dean Nader Tehrani.

This exhibition features formative works by architects who are among the most celebrated figures today-including John Hejduk, first Dean of the School of Architecture, Cooper Union professor Michael Webb, Cooper alumni Daniel Libeskind, as well as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi. Highlights range from Eduardo Paolozzi's appropriations of pop culture to the technological utopianism of Archigram's David Greene and Webb to the gestural mark-making of Libeskind and Peter Wilson.

Drawing Ambience highlights the collection of drawings assembled by the late Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Boyarsky argued that architecture was not only a profession but also an artistic venture-a practice that comprises drawing and publication as much as it engages design and construction. During his time leading the school, he orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program, a sister to the exhibition and publication program simultaneously being developed at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture by late Dean John Hejduk, that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience explores Boyarsky's role as a collector of drawings and also, metaphorically speaking, of the ideas and people that have come to define a key moment in architectural history.

Recent press for the exhibition: "A New Show at The Cooper Union Delves into the Archives of Alvin Boyarsky," Wallpaper Magazine, October 13, 2015

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2015.

Exhibition on view October 13 - November 25, 2015

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7pm

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

Image: Franco Purini, The Waste Land (La terra desolata), 1984. © Franco Purini. 
From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive.  
Five Themes 

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York

The richly textured work of Nieto and Sobejano is recognized for its sympathetic response to topography and historical attributes of place, qualities lauded in the citation for the Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to the firm earlier this year: "The roots of their architecture lie in Spain, and its multi-layered history and culture. Their works speak a silent language, proving that the precondition of meaningful architecture is an in-depth understanding of local culture and the context of the design brief."

Founded in 1985, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Their major works include the Madinat al-Zahra Museum, Córdoba; the San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian; the History Museum, Lugo; the Contemporary Art Centre, Córdoba; the Zaragoza Congress Centre; the Joanneum extension, Graz, Austria; and the Moritzburg Museum, Halle, Germany. The firm currently has projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Morocco, and China.

Free for current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff, and League members. For all ticket inquiries go here.

Image: Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, San Telmo Museum, San Sebastian, Spain | Photo © Roland Halbe

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The JAE announces the "Discursive Images" call for submissions. Send us drawings laden with information, but succinct in their content delivery. Forward us your graphic inventions, your analog-digital hybrids, your rule-breakers and your convention-makers. The images will be juried by the JAE Design Committee and the best images in both faculty and student categories will be featured in a Discursive Image Gallery on the JAE website. First-place winners in both categories will be featured in the print journal. Deadline: November 6, 2015 learn more ...

CALL FOR IDEAS | In February 2016, Storefront for Art and Architecture will open Closed Worlds, an exhibition of 41 living prototypes built over the last century that present an unexplored genealogy of closed resource regeneration systems. For this exhibition, Storefront for Art and Architecture is looking for a designer to produce the 42nd piece of the chronology of experiments. The selected designer(s) will have the opportunity to use the installation as a testing ground for a new closed system. The designer will work closely with the Closed Worlds curatorial team, but will be responsible for the implementation of the installation and related exhibition materials and will lead overall exhibition design. Register by November 10, 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 | Metals in Construction magazine invites architects and engineers to redesign the facade of 200 Park Avenue, one of New York City's most recognized landmarks, with the goal of achieving greater energy performance. The magazine will award a $15,000 cash prize to the design judged to exhibit the most innovation, energy efficiency, and aesthetic integrity. Deadline: November 15, 2015 learn more ... 

FELLOWSHIP | Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2016-2017 academic year. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of Bard Graduate Center's dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Deadline: November 15, 2015 learn more ...

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: November 16, 2015   learn more ... 

FELLOWSHIP FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART | The arts organization, A Blade of Grass (ABOG), nurtures socially engaged art. They provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. Deadline for submitting a Letter of Interest: November 20, 2015 learn more ... 

RICE UNIVERSITY VISITING SCHOLARS | These positions are for July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Visiting Scholars receive a stipend commensurate with rank, benefits eligibility, and an allowance for research and relocation to Houston. Primary obligations include an active participation in all aspects of the Rice Seminar and collaborating on spatial humanities projects currently underway at Rice. Applications are open for the 2016-17 Lynette S. Autrey Visiting Faculty and the 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows. Deadline: December 4, 2015 learn more ... 

CALL FOR PAPERS | In conjunction with its spring exhibition of the work of Charles Simonds, the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University announces a call for papers for a symposium to take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Proposals are sought from academics, professionals, and students alike. Interdisciplinary papers and those from related fields (i.e. literature, anthropology, and history) are very welcome.Applicants are asked to submit a CV and an abstract of 500 words to Submissions are due December 15, 2015. learn more ...
SARANY AWARDS | The Society of American Registered Architects New York Council (SARANY) honored NADAA (Nader Tehrani, principal) with the Gold Award of Excellence for the New Hampshire Retreat and the Silver Award of Excellence for the University of Toronto DFALD. learn more ...

SPEAKER | David Gersten was a speaker for the event Oculus: Public Space + Personal Space, held at the Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York City on October 22, 2015.  learn more ... 

JUROR | Michael Young is a juror for Storefront for Art and Architecture's upcoming design competition Closed Worlds. learn more ...

ARTICLE | Jennifer Leung contributed an article on Michael Mandiberg for the October 2015 issue of Art Forum. read more ...

NEWS | Situ Studio (Wes Rozan, co-founder) built a special demo room for the Trimble and Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully untethered, see-through holographic computer, which will be featured at the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) 2015. learn more ... 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR 79; Ricardo Scofidio, AR 55) | article | "Separate spaces: Diller Scofidio + Renfro's new Stanford building is a marvel," Wallpaper Magazine, October 8, 2015

Toshiko Mori (AR 76) | article | "THREAD, New Artist Residency and Cultural Center, Sinthian Village, Senegal, 2015," LOTUS 158: People in Motion (2015)

Alexander Gorlin (AR 78) | award | Society of American Registered Architects New York Council 2015 Design Awards, Bronze Award of Merit

Christine Benedict (AR 86) | speaker | 33rd annual Cornell Real Estate Conference, New York, NY, October 15-16, 2015

Shigeru Ban (AR 84) | article | "Nepal Project, Nepal, 2015," LOTUS 158: People in Motion (2015)

Dale Corvino (AR 88) | award | Christopher Hewitt Award 2015, Fiction

Carl Ray Miller (AR 92) | co-organizer | Chicago Architectural Club 2015 Biennial Program, Chicago Architectural Club, Chicago, IL, October 2015-January 2016

Dufner Heighes (Gregory Dufner, AR 99) | article | "Tour a Glamorous Manhattan Penthouse Devised by Dufner Heighes," Architectural Digest, September 30, 2015

Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin (both AR 02) | article | "The Pinch, The Sweep, The Warp, 2012-15, Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China," LOTUS 158: People in Motion (2015)

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR 05) | designers | "Trimble and Microsoft HoloLens," Architecture & Design Film Festival Newsletter, September 16, 2015


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