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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
MIT LectureLecture: "The Shape....

Lecture: "The Shape of the Future City: A Conversation with Carlo Ratti and Natalie Jeremijenko"
The advancement of contemporary technology is changing the way we study the world around us. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed, along with the tools we use to envision and impact their physical form.
In addition, these new technologies allow us to understand the built environment differently. The city is no longer a static collection of built objects, but can instead be understood as a series of social, environmental, and technological networks. Can this new knowledge positively impact the city of the future? Can these technologies allow us to rectify the mistakes of the past? What new possibilities exist within the creative use of these technologies?

The MIT Club of New York invites you to join us for a conversation on the future of cities and design with Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab and artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, Associate Professor at NYU. This will be a uniquely creative and intellectual evening.

This event is free for students, faculty and staff of the Cooper Union, with valid ID. All others must register for the event through the MIT Club of New York website (link).

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the MIT Club of New York
Dean Tehrani's Letter
Letter from Dean Nader Tehrani

The Education of an Architect has been The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture's central preoccupation since its inception in the 1960's. With an eye on the historical depth of the discipline, the School's focus has always been to look into the mechanisms of representation as a vehicle for invention. To draw is to project, and to project forward to worlds yet unknown. In recognition of the challenges to our disciplinary autonomy over the decades, the School's philosophy has been to engage in a dialogue with the Arts, Engineering, and Humanities, if only to reinforce the unique makeup of The Cooper Union as a place of learning-to building an environment that challenges insularity in the process of invention. I look forward to reinforcing this culture, to demonstrate the agency of the architect's métier in their conversation with the world at large.

Read the full letter here

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
Open Calls

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...

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...     
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...
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... 

OPEN CALL | Napavillion Competition 2016. NAPAVILION challenges this typical ideal of a Pavilion by providing specificity in use and non-specificity or adaptability in site. NAPAVILION is a Pavilion for a nap in any location you choose. This can be within your home, backyard, on a tree, by a tree, on top of a hill, at the foot of a hill, by a river, or floating on a river.  OBJECTIVE: Design a prefabricated structure for individual shelter. The design should have the ability to be disassembled and reconstructed. Use wood as the main material. Deadline: April 30, 2016 More info...

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...

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... 
Nader Tehrani, (Arch dean/fac) | Lecture | "The Tectonic Grain," Marywood University
School of Architecture, March 30, 2016, Scranton, PA

Elizabeth O'Donnell, (AR '83/Arch Assoc Dean & fac) | Award | "2016 Founder's Day
Award Winners Announced," CUAA NEWSLETTER, March 2016

Joan Ockman, (AR '80/Arch fac) | Public Seminar | "In Response" Canadian
Centre for Architecture, April 1, 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Stephen Rustow, (Arch fac) | Conference Participant | "Crisis of Place:
Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in New York" New York Folklore
Society, April 2, 2016, NYC

Michael Webb, (Arch fac) | Symposium Participant | "Graphic Novels/Novel Architecture" Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, April 1, 2016, Cleveland, OH

Georg Windeck, (Arch fac) | Article | "Construction Matters: How Advances in Brick, Steel, and Concrete Changed Architecture," CURBED.COM, March 18, 2016 | Article | "Architectural Details: Herzog & de Meuron's Pristine Timber Box," ARCHITIZER, March 23, 2016

Michael Samuelian, (AR '95/Arch fac) | Article | "New Fellows Honored for
Professional and Public Good," eOCULUS, March 23, 2016

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "LA's Broad off to a flying start," WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS, March 21, 2016

Shigeru Ban, (AR '84) | Article | "Solid Cedar House," DOMUS, March 18, 2016

Martin Finio, (AR '88) | Article |"New Fellows Honored for Professional and Public
Good," eOCULUS, March 23, 2016

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, (AR '94) | Presentation | "Furman Center Spring Speaker
Series" NYU School of Law, April 1, 2016, NYC

Tao Sule DuFour, (AR '02) | Lecture | "Spirit, Predation, Nature: Three Cartographies," Copenhagen
Landscape Lecture, March 31, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark | Lecture | "Husserl and Architecture: Toward a Phenomenological Ethnography of Space" University of Copenhagen Center for Subjectivity Research, March 29, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

Max Gideonse, (AR '16) |
Conference Participant | "Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in New York" New York Folklore Society, April 2, 2016, NYC


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