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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Architectural League Lecture

Lecture: Tadao Ando

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. Tadao Ando will present his firm's work in a public lecture.

Tadao Ando is the founding principal of  Tadao Ando Architect and Associates. He is a self-educated architect who spent time in Kyoto and Nara studying firsthand the great monuments of traditional Japanese architecture, and then melded these with his knowledge of architecture gleaned on travels to Europe, Africa, and the United States. In 1969, Ando established his practice in Osaka.

Ando's notable works include the Church of the Light in Osaka, the Armani Teatro in Milan, and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima. In the United States, he designed The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, and the expansion of Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. One of Ando's current projects includes 152 Elizabeth Street, a residential building in New York City.

Ando has received numerous architecture awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995 and the 2002 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, among others.

This event is free for students, faculty and staff of the Cooper Union, with valid ID.
Seating for this lecture is very limited. Early arrival is recommended. 

Co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Architectural League of New York.
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

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) | Lecture | "The Variable Bond," Penn State University Stuckeman School of Architecture, April 22, 2016, University Park, PA

John Hejduk, (AR '50/Arch dean & fac emeritus) | Lecture | 1:1: Mark Lee on John Hejduk, Victims, Islands and Archipelagos, Canadian Centre for Architecture, April 21, 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design | Article | "Getting Ready for Paris 2020," Twenty-First Century Choices: Identifying Strategies for a Sustainable World, April 18, 2016

Georg Windeck, (Arch fac) | Book Review | "ERECT RESPECT," review of Construction Matters, PIN-UP, Spring Summer 2016

Tulay Atak, (Arch fac) | Book Launch | FRAGILE CITY, Wendy's Subway, May 4, 2016, NYC

Pep Avilés, (Arch fac) | Article | "An exhibition that explores the architectural influence of Playboy magazine," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 20, 2016

Situ Studio (Wes Rozen, AR '05 Arch fac) Exhibition | Walid Raad (School of Art fac) & Situ Studio - Projekt für die Synagoge Stommeln: Those that are near. Those that are far., Synagoge Stommeln, June 10-September 25, 2016, Pullheim-Stommeln, Germany

Evangelos Kotsioris, (Arch fac, '16) | Citation of Special RecognitionGraham Foundation Carter Manny Awards

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "What is the Future for Architecture and Design at MoMA?," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 18, 2016. | Participants | It Takes Two, Guggenheim Museum, April 23, 2016, NYC

Daniel Libeskind, (AR '70) | Article | "See Inside Daniel Libeskind's New Apartment Complex in Milan," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 19, 2016

Alexander Gorlin, (AR '78) | Article | "What is the Future for Architecture and Design at MoMA?," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 18, 2016

Elizabeth Diller, (AR '79) | Lecture | Taliesin Forum, April 30, 2016, Scottsdale, AZ

Jesse Reiser, (AR '81) | Participant | Reading Images: Metabolism, From Micro to Macro, Storefront for Art & Architecture, April 26, 2016

Nanako Umemoto, (AR '83) | Participant | Reading Images: Metabolism, From Micro to Macro, Storefront for Art & Architecture, April 26, 2016

Shigeru Ban, (AR '84) | Interview |  "The (Im)Permanence of Paper: An Interview with Shigeru Ban," IMPACT DESIGN HUB, April 13, 2016

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | Exhibition | Walid Raad & Situ Studio - Projekt für die Synagoge Stommeln: Those that are near. Those that are far., Synagoge Stommeln, June 10-September 25, 2016, Pullheim-Stommeln, Germany

Alexandra Alexa, (AR '14) | Book Review | "ERECT RESPECT," review of Construction Matters, PIN-UP, Spring Summer 2016

Minkyu Kim, (AR '14) | Article |"Rice Winery Boksoon," SPACE magazine, #580, April 11, 2016


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