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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 


The Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Program to Support Creative Inquiry was endowed by a grant given to The Cooper Union by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation in 1994 to support work in the fields of art, architecture, design and engineering. This generous grant was intended to provide funding to exceptional students who propose scholarly, independent projects that will in some way provide a culmination to their educational endeavors at The Cooper Union. All 2016 Menschel projects will be included in the exhibition. 2016 Fellows from the School of Architecture are Sam Choi, Cassandra Engstrom, Max Gideonse and Vanessa Tai.

Opening reception will be held Tuesday February 2nd, from 6-8pm.

Selldorf Lecture
Lecture: Annabelle Selldorf, Common Ground, Moderated by Billie Tsien

February 3rd, 2016. 7:00pm in the Cooper Union Great Hall

Annabelle Selldorf is the founding principal of New York-based Selldorf Architects, a 65-person architectural design practice founded in 1988. The firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility, and at scales encompassing large new construction, historic renovation, and exhibition design. The practice aims to "integrate its buildings in the cities and institutions they serve" with designs generated around "precision and restraint." For Selldorf, "projects evolve in response to their specific context and program, drawing influence from local materials and building traditions."

The firm's clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, New York University, and Brown University. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery, among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters, Gagosian Gallery, and the Venice Art Biennale.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture  

                                                                                                                                        Image courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Affordable NY
Book Launch - Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys, by Professor Tamar Zinguer
Friday, February 5th, 2016  5-7pm, 3rd fl lobby of the Cooper Union Foundation Building 7 East 7th Street, New York 

Please join the School of Architecture in celebrating the launch of Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys, written by School of Architecture Associate Professor Tamar Zinguer. Created for children but designed by adults with considerable ingenuity and often pedagogical intentions, architectural toys have long offered a window on a much larger world. In Architecture in Play, Tamar Zinguer explores the two-hundred-year period over which such playthings have reflected changing attitudes toward form, structure, and permanence, echoing modernist experiments and stylistic inclinations in fascinating ways while also incorporating technological advances in their systems of construction. Zinguer's history of these toys reveals broader social and economic trends from their respective periods.

   Detail: The Toy, designed by Charles and Ray Eames as it appeared in Life, July 16, 1951.

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

Upcoming Affordable New York Public Programs:

LECTURE: Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm

Investment in affordable housing was a key driver in reversing the trend of neighborhood abandonment in the 1970s and 80s. Today, however, affordable housing developments face many challenges, including rapid demographic changes, upward pressure on rents, and areas of consistent, concentrated poverty. Join a diverse panel of city officials, developers, and community advocates to discuss the opportunities that affordable housing can bring to our neighborhoods, as well as the need to build more equitable neighborhoods through zoning, economic development, community engagement, and prioritization of tenants' rights. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy. This event is also part of the Museum's Activist New York program series. With Colvin W. Grannum, President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, Daniel Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Strategies, NYC Housing Preservation and Development, Brad Lander, Council Member, 39th District, Kellie Terry, Program Officer, Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation, Sam Marks, Executive Director, LISC New York City.

At the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

The Cooper Union is a co-sponsor of "Affordable New York, A Housing Legacy" public programs series. 

Lecture: Mia Lehrer, Current Work

Mia Lehrer is the founding principal of Mia Lehrer + Associates, a Los Angeles-based landscape architecture practice. The firm leads the design and implementation of a diverse range of public and private projects, which vary in scale from large urban projects "engaging community members and public agency stakeholders," to intimate gardens where "collaboration and coordination of architecture and site" are the firm's primary objective. By working closely with local communities, public agencies, and project owners Mia Lehrer + Associates creates commercial spaces, parks, open spaces, streetscapes, campuses, and institutional facilities that "meet the diverse needs of the people who will visit them." The firm has been responsible for master planning and concept development for projects such as the LA River Revitalization master plan for the City of Los Angeles' Department of Public Works alongside smaller works like pocket parks developed with funding from grants, infrastructure programs, and public-private partnerships. Recent projects include the planned City of Champions park designed to complement the new Los Angeles Rams NFL stadium designed by HKS, Inc. in Inglewood, California and the Union Station master plan designed alongside Grimshaw Architects and Gruen Associates located in Los Angeles.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture 
Open Calls


WORKSHOP | Glass in Architecture at UrbanGlass. This one day workshop will focus on the elasticity and plasticity of glass in sculpture and architecture. One sculptor and one engineer will offer a dual initiation to the physics, the technology and the textural advantages of cold and hot bent glass processes ending the Rules: Investigations into Art and Architectural Applications of Bent Glass. With Edison Zapata & Sophie Pennetier. January 23rd,10:00 - 5:00 pm. We have a 10% student discount using the code ARCH. Learn More...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | GRAPHITE Journal. The HAMMER Museum and the HAMMER Student Association (HSA) are accepting submissions to our annual student publication, GRAPHITE Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts on the theme of CONSEQUENCE. GRAPHITE Issue VII considers consequence as it unfurls into social space. GRAPHITE is seeking original essays, reviews, criticism, interviews, and artwork from graduate and undergraduate students nationwide for its seventh annual issue, organized around the concept of Consequence. All disciplinary fields are welcome to submit. Deadline has been extended to Jan 25th. Learn More...

RESIDENCY | I-Park 2016 Architecture and Landscape/Garden Design Program. The format is self-directed, non-judgmental: you decide what you're going to work on and when. Residents are provided with a private bedroom, a private studio, a meal program as well as shared amenities: artists' kitchen, Common Area, library, wireless internet. Deadline: January 25, 2016. Learn More...

GRANT | Center for Architecture's Arnold W. Brunner Grant. This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000. Deadline: Feb 1st. Learn More...

INTERNSHIP | Port Authority of NY & NJ seeks applicants for 12-week, summer 2016, paid internships that provide graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and experienced professionals on current management and engineering projects as well as assignments related to the student's major. These assignments will include hands-on projects to cultivate technical, writing, communication and team-building skills. Internships are offered in a variety of departments such as Architecture, Audit, Aviation, Comptrollers, Engineering, Government and Community Affairs, Human Resources, Path, Port Commerce, Real Estate, Technology, Tunnel Bridges and Terminals. Deadline, Feb 15th. Learn More...

AWARD | 2016 Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) Fuller Challenge is accepting student entries for the first time. Known as socially responsible design' highest award, the Fuller Challenge invites designers, architects, planners, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, activists, and students worldwide to submit original solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize is awarded to support the development and implementation of the winning project. In addition to the grand prize, BFI will provide further resources for finalists, semi-finalists and select entrants
through its Catalyst Program. In 2016, BFI will, for the first time, recognize outstanding student entries to the Challenge through a separate review, selection, and award process. Deadline: April 1st. 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 an opportunity 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 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, 2016 Learn More...  
DESIGN CHALLENGE | Metals in Construction magazine invites architects and engineers to redesign the facade of 200 Park Avenue (formerly the Pan Am Building), 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: February 1, 2016. Learn More... 
SCHOLARSHIP | Hanbury Evans Summer Scholar program provides a unique opportunity for visiting students and firm professionals to work side by side and learn from each other. Project work, design competitions, field trips, lectures
and critiques are included in the summer experience. This full-time position provides competitive compensation and includes housing. We are accepting applications for our class of 2016, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design. The program will run from May 30  August 8. Submissions will be evaluated by an in-house jury. Deadline, Feb 15th, 2016. Learn More...  

FELLOWSHIP | Princeton-Mellon Initiative. Princeton University invites applications from scholars, writers, critics and practitioners of exceptional promise to pursue projects related to architecture, urbanism, and the humanities, specifically in the context of North and South America. Mellon Fellows may be from any discipline. We seek applicants with outstanding intellectual, literary, and visual talents, who demonstrate an abiding interest in multi-disciplinary work. Deadline, Feb 15th, 2016. Learn More... 

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Architectural League Prize, Theme: (im)permanence. Young architects and designers are invited to submit work to the annual Architectural League Prize Competition. Projects of all types, either theoretical or real, and executed in any medium, are welcome. The jury will select work for presentation in lectures, digital media, and an exhibition in June 2016. Winners will receive a cash prize of $2,000. A catalogue of winning work will be published by The Architectural League. Deadline: Feb 17th, 2016 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... 

CALL FOR PROJECTS | Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecure CROSS-AMERICAS: PROBING DISGLOBAL NETWORKS. In recognition of the highly visual research and creative work being done by architecture faculty members and practitioners around the world, the Cross Americas Conference will feature a juried Research + Design Projects Exhibition. Educators, practitioners, and advanced graduate students are invited to submit projects and reports on ongoing research, presented in a single PDF image (20" x 30" / 50.8 x 76.2cm, portrait), along with an optional abstract. The submissions will be reviewed by a jury of renowned designers. Accepted projects will be included in a physical exhibition held during the conference and published online after. Additionally, the jury will select a number of projects for special merit awards in Student and Professional categories. Deadline: Feb 24th, 2016 Learn More...
CURATORIAL RESIDENCY | The Canadian Centre for Architecture is accepting applications for The Emerging Curator Program. This program offers the opportunity to propose and curate a project at the CCA related to contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, landscape design and cultural and social dynamics. The project is to be developed during a residency of three months at the CCA. Architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists and other scholars and professionals born on or after 1 January 1981 are eligible for this program, regardless of citizenship and place of residence. The recipient will receive a maximum of $12,000 CAD to cover travel, housing, and living expenses for a period of up to three months in Montreal. Deadline: February 29th, 2016. Learn More... 

INTERNSHIP | Design Workshop an international landscape architecture, land planning, urban design and strategic services firm, we're pleased to announce our 2016 summer internship program for recent graduates as well as students pursuing degrees in landscape architecture, urban design and/or planning. Assignments during the ten week internship, starting in June 2016, will vary and may include project research, site visits, sketching, computer production, design reviews and assisting on marketing proposals, ensuring interns are exposed to both the creative and business environment. Deadline: March 26th, 2016 Learn More... 

CALL FOR IDEAS | Buckminster Fuller Institute. Each year, BFI invites scientists, students, designers, architects, activists, entrepreneurs, artists and planners from all over the world to submit solutions for addressing humanity's most pressing problems. Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award", the Fuller Challenge attracts bold, visionary initiatives focused on critically important, well-defined social and environmental needs. The Fellowship Program is meant to enhance rigorous discourse in the Fuller Challenge review process by bringing additional voices and perspectives into the discussion. Fellows will work closely with BFI Staff and the Fuller Challenge Review Team to review hundreds of diverse entries to the Challenge. Deadline: March 31, 2016
Learn More...     

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Arch Out Loud On a site that borders the East River and the Eleventh Street Basin in New
York City, arch out loud proposes the implementation of a public aquarium and park to provide communal space for the surrounding city. Arch Out Loud challenges designers to experiment with conventional interpretations of this program and investigate how it can create a relationship to its context. Deadline: April 4th, 2016 Learn More...  
John Hejduk, AR 50/Arch fac & Dean emeritus | Article | "Jan Palach to Get Another Memorial", Prague Post, January 15, 2016

Lee Skolnick, AR '79 | Article | Colorful little mountains highlight Eastern Europe's first children's museum and science center, THE ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER BLOG, January 8th 2016

Maurice Cox, AR '83 | Q&A | Cara Michell and Courtney D. Sharpe on the Urgency of the Black in Design Conference, METROPOLIS MAGAZINE, January 2016

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AR '94 | Lecture | Shifting Sands: Sedimentary Cycles for Jamaica Bay, University of Oregon, January 11 2016, Eugene, OR 

Bradley Samuels, AR '05 | Lecture | The Expanded Role: SITU, CCA Canadian Centre for Architecture, January 14, 2016, Montreal, Quebec Canada


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