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Wednesday 18 November 2015  

Drawing Ambience

 Drawing Ambience - Exhibition Closes Tomorrow, November 25th

 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

 Archpaper: "On View: Cooper Union Presents Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association"

 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

Stephen Breyer, Henry Cobb

 In Conversation: Justice Stephen Breyer and Henry N. Cobb

 The Architectural League and The Cooper Union are honored to host a conversation between the United States Supreme  Court Justice Stephen Breyer and architect Henry N. Cobb. Justice Breyer and Mr. Cobb will discuss their collaboration as  client and architect in the development of the federal courthouse in Boston, and their reflections on the civic importance and  symbolic power of architecture for the judiciary.

 This event is free and open to all. Reservations required. Tickets are will call. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.; doors open at  8:30 a.m.

 Architectural League members
 Members may reserve free tickets for themselves and one non-member guest in advance of the general public. To become a  member and reserve today, click here. Reserve your ticket by emailing

 Students, faculty, and alumni of The Cooper Union
 Each member of The Cooper Union community may reserve one free ticket in advance of the general public. Reserve your  ticket by emailing

 General public
 Tickets are free and will be available to the general public, space permitting, beginning December 11th at 9:00 a.m. by  emailing

John Joseph Moakley Courthouse | Photo by Steve Rosenthal
Affordable New York

 EXHIBITION: "Affordable New York, A Housing Legacy" Museum of  the City of New York Public Programs Series 

 Exhibition on view from September 18th, 2015 - February 16th, 2016, Museum of the City of New York. Public programs  December 1st, 2015, January 19th, 2016 and February 4th, 2016

 Upcoming Affordable New York Public Programs:

 Designing Better Affordable Housing on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 pm - Join a distinguished panel of developers,  architects and professors, as they explore both ambitious and achievable ideas for public and below-market housing in New  York.

 Housing a Growing City on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 pm - Join a panel of leaders in New York City urban planning --  including housing advocates, community leaders and city officials -- to discuss these changes in our urban fabric and the  potential solutions to ensuring the city remains a leader in affordable housing.

 Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm - Join a diverse panel of  city officials, developers, and community advocates to discuss how to create more equitable neighborhoods through zoning,  economic development, community engagement, and prioritization of tenants' rights.
 At the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
Photograph by Michelle Young

CALL FOR STUDENT WRITERS | Founded in 1999, is one of the first blogs on architecture and design and currently, it has more than 80.000 visitors from all over the world every month. In addition to our core content of articles and features, we are planning to launch a section with content written exclusively by students about the subjects they are most passionate about. You will be given a lot of freedom in deciding the subject and format. Our editorial team will then assist you in preparing and editing your articles, and in making them ready for publishing. Deadline: December 1st, 2015 Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE), in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), is pleased to announce the second annual AIA COTE Top Ten for Students. The program challenges students, working individually or in teams, 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. Deadline: December 9th, 2015. Learn More...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | IDEAS CITY Detroit invites emerging thinkers and practitioners from around the world to participate in the immersive and collaborative studio laboratory to create provocative cultural strategies designed for practical implementation. Participation in IDEAS CITY Detroit is through an open application process, and forty to fifty applicants will be selected as Fellows by an international panel of artists and curators. Deadline, Jan 1st, 2016 Learn More...

RESIDENCY | University of Michigan STAMPS Roman J. Witt residency program. The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new work with assistance from the Stamps School of Art & Design community. The program awards one residency per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. To witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from idea to realization is the centerpiece of the residency. This visibility of the artist's process is intended as an exemplary teaching tool for the school as a whole. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished. Deadline: Jan 15th, 2016  Learn More...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Folly 2016, Socrates Sculpture Park. Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite designers and architects to help shape the physical setting in which the park fulfills its mission as an environment for art, creative expression, social programming, and education. Socrates, located in Long Island City, Queens, is distinctive for its combination of waterfront setting, accessibility, and community-driven programs. Deadline: January 25th, 2016. Learn More...

FELLOWSHIP | New York Foundation for the Arts, Artists' Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Artists' Fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist's vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. 2015-2016 cycle includes Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design. Deadline: Jan 28th, 2015 Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | Illuminating Engineering Society. The IESNYC is celebrating the 16th year of the Student Lighting Competition on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the 404 Event Space located at 404 10th Avenue, near Penn Station. THE CHALLENGE: This year's theme challenges students to construct a 3D study that explores the interaction between LIGHT AND TIME. Whether slow and subtle, quick and intermittent, or entirely random, variations in quality of light change our perception of the world around us. PRIZES 1st place - $2,000 2nd place - $1,000 3rd place - $500 
Additional prizes will be awarded to other notable projects. Deadline: Feb 21st, 2016 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 
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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 ...   

CALL FOR PAPERS | Local Revolutions, the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts 9th Annual PhD Symposium.
Local Revolutions welcomes papers and presentations by graduate students reconsidering the role of art in local processes of social change. The symposium will include a keynote presentation by writer, critic, and activist Lucy R. Lippard on March 5, 2016. Applicants should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, and a bio of
no more than 100 words, to Noni Brynjolson<> and Paloma Checa-Gismero<>. Deadline: December 15, 2015.
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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 ...

DESIGN COMPETITION | New Practices New York, a biennial competition since 2006, serves as the preeminent platform in New York City to recognize and promote new and innovative architecture and design firms. The juried portfolio competition is sponsored by the New Practices Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and honors firms that have utilized unique and innovative strategies, both for the projects they undertake and for the practices they have established. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of the New Practices Committee and the New Practices New York competition. Deadline: Janurary 8th, 2016 learn more...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and the FabLab Barcelona are pleased to announce the 6th Advanced Architecture Contest, on the theme of PRODUCTIVE CITY. The aim of the competition is to promote discussion and research through which to generate insights and visions, ideas and proposals that help us envisage what the city and the habitat of the 21st century will be like. The competition is open to architects, engineers, planners and designers who want to contribute to progress in making the world more habitable by developing a proposal capable of responding to emerging challenges in areas such as ecology, information technology, architecture, and productive cities. Prize (Total value: 60.000,00 EUR) will be distributed at the discretion of the Juries following the bases scheme. Deadline: Janurary 18th, 2016 learn more...

CALL FOR IDEAS | Storefront for Art and Architecture, Taking Buildings Down asks proposals for the production of voids; the demolition of buildings, structures, and infrastructures; or the subtraction of objects and/or matter as a creative act. Removal is all that is allowed. Three monetary prizes will be awarded to the winners of Taking Buildings Down. These include: 1st Prize, $2000, 2nd Prize: $1000, 3rd Prize $500Winning entries and any additional entries deemed to be worthy of publication will be included in a printed competition compendium released by Storefront for Art and Architecture. Deadline: January 20th, 2016 Learn More... 
DESIGN COMPETITION | Central Park Summer Pavilion, Arquideas. The objective of this competition for students of architecture and young architects, Central Park Summer Pavilion (CPSP) New York, is to create a multi-usage area in the emblematic Central Park that can host different activities in summer. Deadline: Jan 22nd 2016. Learn More...

FELLOWSHIP | The 2016 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program. Now in its tenth year, the Fellowship provides students with anopportunity to enrich their educational experience. The Fellowship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2016. Deadline: January 22nd, 2016 learn more...

CALL FOR WORK | Outsider Art Fair, an annual art fair showcasing the best in modern and contemporary outsider art. Currently showing in Paris, London and New York, the upcoming fair will take place from January 21-24 at the Metropolitan Pavilion At the fair, Wide Open Arts will host a curated booth of imaginary towers and is currently looking for submissions from artists, architects, engineers, 3D designers and model makers.  Application form Here
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CALL FOR WORK | Metals in Construction Competition. Sponsored by The Steel Institute of New York.
Metals in Construction magazine 2016 Design Challenge, an international ideas competition to re-imagine the facade of 200 Park Avenue with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency. The competition's grand prize is $15,000 and the winner and runners-up will be announced at a conference and exhibition in NYC on Friday, February 26. Winners will also be published in Metals in Construction and other partner publications. Deadline: February 1, 2016
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DESIGN COMPETITION | Interiors & Sources magazine has partnered with architecture and design firms //3877 and Arcsine for its annual I Like Design Student Competition. We're hoping to spread the word about this great opportunity among faculty and students with your assistance. The competition is open to any full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program with a strong interest in architecture and design. Two winners will receive a paid, full-time 2016 summer internship and paid housing costs with either //3877 in Washington, D.C. or with Arcsine in Oakland, California. The winners will also receive editorial coverage in Interiors & Sources magazine, and be flown out to NeoCon 2016 in June to be recognized for their achievement Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2016. 

Nader Tehrani, Dean | Article | "The Life Cycle of Practice," ARCHITECT magazine, October 2015

Diana Agrest, faculty | Conference Speaker | POSTMODERN PROCEDURES, Princeton University School of Architecture, December 4-5, 2015 Princeton, NJ

Matthew Roman, faculty | Lecture | Palladio Virtuel, Yale School of Architecture, December 3, 2015, New Haven, CT

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, faculty | Article | "De-Coding Architecture: From Ecoinduction to Computation," SYSTEMA: Connecting Matter, Life, Technology and Architecture, Special Issue: Architectural Ecologies, V3, No 2 (2015)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR 79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR 55/Arch fac emeritus) 
| Article "BAMPFA's New Building Fosters Fresh Connections Between Art and Public," INTERIOR DESIGN, November 11, 2015; | Article | "PROJECTS: McMurtry Building, Stanford University, California," DOMUS 996, November 2015;
| Article | "MoMA Files Plans to Expand At American Folk Art Museum Site," Curbed, November 17, 2015; | Article | "The Broad," GA DOCUMENT 134


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