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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Architectural League Lecture

Lecture: Sn°hetta, Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar 
Moderated by Nader Tehrani

The Architectural League's Current Work series features the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar will present Sn°hetta's work in a public lecture.

Sn°hetta is an integrated design practice of architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture, graphic and brand design, with offices in eight cities including Oslo, Norway, and New York City.

In 1989, Sn°hetta received its first commission to re-invent the great Alexandria Library in Egypt, after winning an international design competition. This was followed a decade later by another competition-winning proposal for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. In 2004, Sn°hetta was commissioned to build the only cultural building on the World Trade center memorial site, and a permanent office was then set up in New York. Sn°hetta is currently involved with more than 50 projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

This event is free for students, faculty and staff of the Cooper Union, with valid ID.

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Architectural League of New York.
Heroism and Hubris
Lecture: Heroism and Hubris
Often problematically labeled as "Brutalist," the concrete architecture that transformed Boston-and many other cities-during 1960s and 1970s was conceived with ambitious social ideals by some of the world's most influential designers. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston tells the story of a city, a material, and a movement, and how these intersected in the postwar era to make Boston an epicenter of concrete architecture worldwide. At a moment when concrete buildings across the nation are in danger of demolition, Heroic surveys the aspirations of this earlier period and considers anew its legacies-both troubled and inspired.

Among the most evocative and controversial landmarks of this movement, Boston City Hall has remained one of the most misunderstood buildings in the United States ever since the design's public unveiling in 1962, following a nationwide competition. At its opening in 1969, critic Ada Louise Huxtable hailed the building's power, but wrote of the "architecture gap" between its exceptional design and the public's already unfavorable reception.

Join authors Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley, and Michael Kubo in conversation with architect Michael McKinnell, who designed the building with Gerhard Kallmann, on the origins of their work and the structure's contentious history in the decades since. Joan Ockman and Anthony Vidler will help unpack the complex social and architectural questions surrounding concrete modernism in the United States as reflected in the Boston City Hall competition, a major event within the architectural discourse of the 1960s.

This event is free and open to the public.
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

CALL FOR SESSION TOPICS | 105th ACSA Annual Meeting: Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit" ACSA and the conference co-chairs Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University and Martha Thorne, IE University invite paper session topics related to this conference theme. Authors of session topic proposals should submit a 500 word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author's expertise in the proposal's area of focus. The annual meeting will take place in Detroit, Michigan on March 23rd through March 25th, 2017. 
Submission Deadline: April 21, 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...

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... 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | COLLABORATION: Technology, Research, Practice. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the integration of education, research and practice of technologies at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando. This symposium will focus on COLLABORATION. Authors should prepare 500-words abstracts, with up to 3 supporting images, for blind peer review. Prospective papers should address one of these topics: Collaboration-Technology, Collaboration-Interdisciplinary Research, Collaboration-Practice, Collaboration-Open. Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. There will be a limited number of paper presentations. Select abstracts will be invited to submit a final paper, which must be original, unpublished material (60% new content). The papers of authors who attend the conference will be published in the Symposium Proceedings. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | Building for Health and Well-Being: Structures, Cities, Systems. The 2016 Fall Conference co-chairs invite abstract submissions from the ACSA and ASPPH communities, as well as non-member practitioners and faculty that address the range of topics related to built environment and human health. Following are the topic areas to select from when creating and submitting your abstracts, along with optional 5 images: Empiricism, Epistemology, and the Ethics of Intervention; Exposures, Positive and Negative. Health as Performance Metric; Converging Pedagogies; Acupunctural Urbanism: Advocacy, Equity, and Community Based Initiatives and Making Well-Being Material: Translations to Practice. The chairs would like you to be "unconstrained" by traditional presentation formats. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR VIDEOS | The Hidden Lumens: Light. New York City is filled with light - an indelible stamp on its culture, architecture, and life. You're invited to submit a short video of the city's lights through your eyes. Show us what you see, of hidden gems, playful moments, or treasured icons of light. Imagery may be random, staged, caught, found, electric, funny, serious, amateur, or professional. Videos will be collected, curated, edited, and presented during the 2016 Lumen Awards Gala on June 16th, and posted online. Deadline: May 1, 2016. Learn More... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | OBJECTS  The Center for American Architecture and Design at the School of
Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce its new design Competition, OBJECTS, and its upcoming symposium The Secret Life of Buildings. The OBJECTS competition judges include Graham Harman, Ian Bogost, Leslie Van Duzer, Levi Bryant, Winka Dubbledam, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Albena Yaneva. The Symposium will also include Timothy Morton and Craig Dykers. For more information email: Deadline: May 2, 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... 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS |The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is looking to hire a Construction Management Intern for the summer to work with Tenant Services unit. Tenant Services is made up of a diverse staff of Engineers, Architects, and Contract Managers. We provide and design construction services and maintenance to 55 buildings city owned buildings, including courthouses. This would be a great opportunity for students to get real world experience in the field, as they will be working closely with our engineers and architects. Application works on a rolling basis. If interested, contact Michael Vander WerffLearn More...
Nader Tehrani, (Arch dean/fac) | Moderator | "Current Work: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar," The Architectural League, April 20, 2016, NYC

Anthony Vidler, (Arch fac) | Panelist | "Heroism and Hubris", The Cooper Union, April 21, 2016

Kevin Bone, (Arch fac/Director ISD) | Article | "De Blasio Postpones Work on Crucial Water Tunnel," THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 5, 2016

Joan Ockman, (AR '80/Arch fac) | Panelist | "Heroism and Hubris," The Cooper
Union, April 21, 2016

Rosalyne Shieh, (Arch fac) | Speaker | "New Practices New York Winner Presentation: SCHAUM/SHIEH & studio SUMO," Center for Architecture, April 17, 2016, NYC

Daniel Libeskind, (AR '70) | Article | "The Kurds may have a Libeskind-designed museum," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 13, 2016

Toshiko Mori, (AR '76) | Speaker | "Craft and Architecture: Toshiko Mori in conversation with Michael Bell", Center for Architecture, April 28, 2016

Maurice Cox, (AR '83) | Co-organizer and Speaker | IDEAS CITY DETROIT Public Conference, 30 April 2016, Detroit, MI

Michael Morris, (AR '89) | Award Group Exhibition | "Mars Ice House," 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Team Displays (First Place), ASCE Earth and Space Conference, April 11-15, 2016, Orlando, Florida. | Article2016 Architizer A+ Award, jury winner, Architectre +3D Printing

Sean Khorsandi, (AR '04) | Moderator | "Long Island Visions of Exurbia: Town in Country, Past and Future," Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA), April 20, 2016, Old Westbury, NY


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