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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CUISD Presents: Our Common Home

Our Common Home was conceived as a response to the remarkable document issued by Pope Francis in 2015. This inspired work challenges the communities of science, ethics, justice, economics and religion to all imagine an integral ecology based upon compassion and environmental knowledge. This is big. His first encyclical letter has energized many in the environmental communities in ways that could have lasting significant impacts. Our Common Home brings together a range of voices that will explore and reflect on the significance of these writings. This celebratory evening is anchored by many seminal voices: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity school, Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion at Princeton University, David Orr, Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College, and Arthur Lerner-Lam, Professor and Deputy Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. The voices of distinguished poets, artists, musicians and writers, including Jorie Graham, Andrew Sullivan, Scott Chaskey, Marie Ponsot, Timothy Donnelly and Joy Harjo, highlight and sustain the program.

This event is presented by Urban Green Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, International Center of Photography, The Poetry Society of America, Continuing Education and Public Programs of The Cooper Union, and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

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Summer Programs

Architecture Summer Program Now Accepting Applications!

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union is offering two 4-week intensive courses at the college and high school level during the Summer 2016 session.  The workshop programs introduce students to foundational concepts and practices within the study of architecture, site visits, lectures, and culminate in the production of a portfolio.

The summer session will run July 5 - July 29, 2016. Admission is on a competitive rolling basis.

More information available here

Architecture Faculty Search

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union seeks both tenure track and full-time tenured professor(s) in architecture for its undergraduate professional five-year program (Bachelor of Architecture) and a post-professional graduate program (Master of Architecture II) beginning Fall 2016.

More info available on the Cooper Jobs Site

Open Calls

DESIGN COMPETITION | New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition. A Philip Johnson-designed masterpiece, the New York State Pavilion was the shining star of the 1964-65 World's Fair, charming millions of visitors who flocked to Queens for the two-year celebration. From its towering "Astro-View" observation decks to the open-air "Tent of Tomorrow," it was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. Fast forward to today. After decades of disuse and deterioration, this one-of-a-kind structure is poised for a dramatic comeback...but as what? Presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is an "anything goes" approach to radically re-imagine one of New York City's most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens. Submissions will be judged by a multidisciplinary jury of architects, design experts, elected officials, and Queens community leaders who will select our first place ($3,000), second place ($1,000), and third place ($500) winners. Additionally, the general public will select a fan favorite ($500) Deadline: July 1, 2016. Learn More...


CALL FOR PAPERS | Ar (t) chitecure, an International Conference at The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Haifa, Israel invites historians, theoreticians, researchers and scholars to submit a paper proposal for one of the following topics: Topic 1). Theoretical and philosophical aspects of art making as modes of poetic embodiment of the surroundings and interpretations of the relationship between artistic and architectural making. Topic 2). Historiographies of relationships between art and architectural making, with emphasis on their conditions and significance in the contemporary era of enhanced technology and globalization. Topic 3). Case studies dealing with the artistic and architectural work of architects worldwide, and the ties between specific artistic and architectural projects, methodologies and products.Topic 4). Case studies focusing on artistic and architectural work of Israeli, Palestinian and Mediterranean architects. Deadline Extended: March 17 2016. Learn More... 

CALL FOR PAPERS | ACE 2016, the 4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering. Advances in Architecture and Civil Engineering are the order of the day with the rapid industrialization and urbanization seen in developed and developing nations. The conference is the premiere forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. The conference will bring together leading researchers, architects, engineers and scientists in this domain of interest from around the world. The themes of the conference are: infrastructure design for regions in rapid development, infrastructure design for new vertical cities, infrastructure for new cities and landscapes, design for urban infrastructure: parks, buildings, streets and systems. Deadline: March 21, 2016 Learn More... 

GRANT | NYSCA Architecture and Design Program via Storefront for Art and Architecture Do you have an idea for a project that promotes alternative ideas in art and architecture? This year, Storefront will sponsor twenty independent architecture and design projects. The Architecture + Design Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awards project grants for individuals or teams through its Independent Projects category. NYSCA is looking for projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize the artistry of design excellence. Storefront will sponsor up to 20 projects for this year's NYSCA grants. Priority will be given to applications that align with Storefront's organizational mission to advance innovative and critical positions that go beyond disciplinary and ideological boundaries. Complete the initial application form
and send to Alexandra Axiotis, Development and Outreach Associate at Storefront, by emailing with the subject line "NYSCA Independent Project Application Request" no later than midnight on March 17, 2016. If you are selected as one of the 20 projects sponsored by Storefront, you will be asked to submit a full project proposal no later than midnight on March 24, 2016.

DESIGN CHALLENGE | Branch Technology Freeform Home Design Challenge. The competition is an investigation of how 3D printing technologies can improve our built environment and lives today. We are asking participants to design a single-family home that rethinks traditional aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the bottom up. We challenge you to strip away preconceived notions of traditional design and construction and to think freely. At Branch Technology, we have developed a novel method for 3D printing architectural components. This method combines large-scale robotics, sophisticated algorithms and carbon composite materials to print open-cell structures. This patented technology is called Cellular Fabrication™. C-Fab™ is unique in that it is flexible in functionality, formally dynamic, fully customizable, and environmentally efficient compared to other methods of construction. We ask you to design with C-Fab™ and we will do the rest to build the winning proposal! Deadline: March 25, 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 PAPERS | Journal of Engineering and Architecture is an international peer-reviewed journal. The journal is not limited to a specific aspect of engineering and architecture but is instead devoted to a wide range of subfields in the engineering sciences and architecture. Articles of interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome.  There will be a commitment to expediting the time taken for the publication of the papers. The journal also publishes innovative contributions on every aspect of architectural endeavor. Interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at Please indicate the name of the journal (Journal of Engineering and Architecture) in the cover letter or simply put 'Journal of Engineering and Architecture' in the subject box during submission via e-mail. Deadline: March 31, 2016 Learn More...

AWARD | 2016 Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI)
The 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. Non-profit organizations and/or all organizations with annual budgets under $100,000 may submit under a separate application category with a permanently reduced rate. Deadline: April 1st. Learn More...

TEACHING OPPORTUNITY | AIA New York State is currently seeking speakers for our 2016 Online education Series.We are seeking industry experts to present topics in the following areas: Net zero energy design, Accessibility, Urban planning, Acoustics, Historic preservation, Firm management, Sustainability, Alternative energy, Project management. Sessions should be 90 minutes in length, and will be broadcast via a live stream to off site participants. Deadline, April 1, 2016 Learn More...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | Arch Out Loud, 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 4, 2016 Learn More...    

DESIGN AWARD | NYCxDESIGN Rado Star Prize is an internationally established competition supporting young designers by giving them a platform to present their work.  Exploring the concept of lightness and "a lighter way of living," participants have the opportunity to enter the Rado Star Prize competition and finalists will have the opportunity to display their concepts during the design week at WantedDesign in Brooklyn during NYCxDESIGN and win $5000 and a Rado Watch. Contestants will be tasked to create a design project in the field of product, graphic, industrial or lighting design through innovative ideas and the use of new materials in the area of home decoration items, tableware objects and giftable ideas for the living space, all while keeping in mind the theme of "lightness."  Deadline: April 14, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | POOL is looking for contributions that engage with the ubiquitous and overlooked table, as an allegory to framing the culture of architecture at large. We welcome essays and other content endemic to academic publishing, but also encourage unconventional media such as comics, experimental films, and syllabi. Accepted content will be published digitally on a rolling basis, as well as considered for a June 2016 print issue. Deadline: April 15, 2016 Learn More...

CALL FOR PROJECTS | Figment 2016 is a a three-day participatory arts event held on Governors Island, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. The event accepts submissions from artists of all ages and experience. Deadline April 22 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | The Deborah J. Norden Fund, a program of The Architectural League of New York, was established in 1995 in memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden. The Fund has supported a fascinating array of projects, from a study of the Cambodian modernist Vann Molyvann, to the social impact of new architecture and planning interventions in Medellin, Colombia, to the insertion of built form into fragile ecosystems in Australia, to the stereotomy of complex surfaces in French Baroque architecture. Deadline: April 22, 2016. Learn More... 

CALL FOR WRITING | Thresholds 45: MYTH. MIT's annual peer-reviewed journal, is seeking submissions on the topic of how architecture makes myth and how myth makes architecture. With a taste for the fantastical, thresholds 45 invites submission of scholarly articles, creative contributions from the fields of architecture, art, and literature, and narrative content which clarifies or complicates our understanding of myth + architecture. Essay submissions should be in English, approx. 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should include a brief cover letter, contact information and bio of under 50 words for each author. Text should be submitted in MS Word. Images should be submitted at 72dpi as uncompressed TIFF files.  All material and correspondence should be submitted to Deadline May 1 2016. Learn More...

SCHOLARSHIP | the 2016 Carl Feltz Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students with permanent legal family address in either Ocean or Monmouth Counties, New Jersey.  Applicants are full time matriculated students enrolled in an accredited architectural program at a School of Architecture within the United States and has successfully completed a minimum of one year of study towards his/her professional degree (may be either a Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture). Deadline, May 1 2016. Learn More...

Nader Tehrani, (Arch Dean/Fac) | Conference Participant | "Future of the Library" MIT, February 11, 2016. Cambridge, MA

Anthony Vidler (Arch Fac) | Editor and Intro Writer | "Noah's Ark: Essays on Architecture, MIT Press. February 2016

Michael Samuelian (AR '95, Arch Fac) | Elevated | College of Fellows, Center for Architecture, March 16, 2016

Georg Windeck (Arch Fac) | Article | "Architectural Details: Elissa and Alvar Aalto's Patchwork Wall of Bricks" ARCHITIZER, March 16, 2016

Dorit Aviv, (AR '09/Arch Fac) | Presentation | "Cooling Oculus - A Passive Prototype, Shaping New Knowledges, ACSA 104th Annual Meeting University of Washington, March 17-19, 2016 Seattle, WA.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55 Arch Fac Emeritus | Article | "Cinematic Overhaul" ARCHITECTURAL RECORD. March 1, 2016

Daniel Libeskind, (AR '70) | Article | "Newsmaker: Daniel Libeskind" ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, February 19, 2016

Toshiko Mori, (AR '76) | Opening Keynote | Tau Sigma Delta (TSD) Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts, 2016 Gold Medalist, Shaping New Knowledges, ASCA 104th Annual Meeting, University of Washington, March 13-17, Seattle, WA

Martin Finio (AR '88) | Elevated | College of Fellows, Center for Architecture, March 16, 2016 | Lecture | Lunchtime Lecture, The Cooper Union, March 22, 2016

Jeffrey Hou, (AR '06) | Panelist | "Fostering Successful Changes Between the Academy and the Field" ACSA/AIA Housing and Community Development Workshop, University of Washington. March 16, 2016, Seattle, WA

Gia Maniero, (AR '06) | Article | "Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage, Saline Solution: A Sleek Rectilinear Garage and Sculptural Salt Shed Brighten the City. ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, March 2016


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