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Tuesday 27 October 2015  

Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association
Exhibition and Panel Discussion

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

Exhibition on view through November 25, 2015

In conjunction with the exhibition Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, please join our distinguished scholars in a lively conversation about the contemporary role of drawing in the theory and practice of architecture. 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.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-7pm

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

Image: Nigel Coates, Ski Station, 1982. © Nigel Coates. From the Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive.  
Milometers to Kilometers

TODAY: Tuesday 27 October at 12:30pm in Rm315F

Gregg Pasquarelli is a Principal of SHoP. Pasquarelli received his architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science from Villanova's School of Business. He has taught at Yale, The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida, and has lectured internationally.

Lunch will follow in the School of Architecture lobby
Image: courtesy Gregg Pasquarelli

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, Temporary Market, Madrid, Spain | Photo © Roland Halbe
From an Education in Architecture 

Presentations by Cooper Union Alumni Noah Garcia, AR'10 and Emily A. Martinez, AR'11

A discussion about how an education in architecture can open up doors into the tangential fields of science and art. Learn about applying architectural skill sets to biomedical engineering design and sculpture fabrication.

Lunch will be provided

Image: courtesy Noah Garcia and Emily A. Martinez
How to make architecture out of paper

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

For his entire career, Michael Bierut has worked with architects and has faced the challenge of how ideas realized in three dimensions can be conveyed compellingly in two. Some of his most enduring relationships, including those with the Yale School of Architecture and The Architectural League of New York, have had architecture at the center. At the same time, he has been asked to create signage programs for projects as diverse as Celebration, Florida; the New York Times Building; and Lever House. The resulting posters, books, and environmental graphics demonstrate the surprising things that happen when two dimensions meet the third. 

Michael Bierut is a partner of Pentagram, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices in New York, London, Berlin, Austin, and San Francisco. Bierut works across a broad mix of scales-from environmental graphics, to corporate and institutional identities, to posters and publications.
Free for current Cooper Union students, faculty and staff, and League members. For all ticket inquiries go here.

Image: Michael Bierut, Pentagram, The Architectural League of New York Light Years poster | Image courtesy of Pentagram

ACSA STUDENT COMPETITION | COTE Top Ten for Students: The program challenges students to submit projects that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The competition will recognize ten exceptional studio projects that seamlessly integrate innovative, regenerative strategies within their broader design concepts. Register by December 9, 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 ...
PUBLICATION REVIEW | Nader Tehrani's work is featured in the publication 30 Years of Emerging Voices: Idea, Form and Resonance," which is the subject of the review "Time Warp" in the Architect's Newspaper, October 16, 2015. read more ...

PANEL DISCUSSION | Louis Katsos will be the moderator for the panel discussion "The Allegory of the Cave," presented by the The State of NYC Development, Design & Construction 2016 and sponsored by Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) in the Russian Tea Room, New York, NY, October 29, 2015 learn more ... 

Daniel Libeskind (AR 70) | interview | "Daniel Libeskind Discusses 'Building Memory,'", October 20, 2015

Christine Benedict (AR 86) | instructor | Extreme Heat: Building, American Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System, ASLA, New York, NY, November 12, 2015

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson (AR 94) | speaker | Building Islands, Seaport Cultural District (sponsored by Center for Architecture), New York, NY, October 19, 2015

Jason Vollen (AR 94) | instructor | Extreme Heat: Building, American Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System, ASLA, New York, NY, November 12, 2015

Sean Khorsandi (AR 04) | presentation | "The Rudolph Legacy," Sarasota MOD Weekend, Sarasota, FL, November 6-8, 2015

Emma Fuller (AR 06) | guest co-curator | "Richmond as a Work of Art," Storefront Richmond, Richmond, VA, October 2015

Emma Fuller (AR 06) | moderator | "Richmond as a Work of Art" panel, VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University), Richmond, VA, October 24, 2015

Michael Overby (AR 06) | guest co-curator | "Richmond as a Work of Art," Storefront Richmond, Richmond, VA, October 2015

Harry Murzyn (AR 14) | design team member | "Likelihood / Best Practice Architecture," September 21, 2015,

Che Perez (AR 14) | group exhibition | Cassiopeia (Constellation), Arts Letters & Numbers, Averill Park, NY, October 24, 2015


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