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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
End of the Year Show 2016
End of the Year Show's Last Week on View!

This annual exhibition transforms the classrooms and studios of The Cooper Union into galleries showcasing work from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The School of Art, and The Albert Nerken School of Engineering. The exhibition will be on view through June 12, 2016. 

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 7pm | Closed Sundays and Mondays

Located in The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, and 41 Cooper Square. Free and open to the public.

Lecture: Alain de Boton
Alain de Botton. Photo by Vincent Starr
Lecture: Alain de Botton on "The Course of Love"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM in The Great Hall 

In a free, public talk, Alain de Botton discusses his latest novel, The Course of Love, an exploration of how romantic love can survive and thrive in the long term.

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh, a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children-but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after." The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence. You experience, along with Rabih and Kirsten, the first flush of infatuation, the effortlessness of falling into romantic love, and the course of life thereafter. Interwoven with their story and its challenges is an overlay of philosophy-an annotation and a guide to what we are reading.

Alain de Botton is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including On Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, and The Course of Love. He lives in London where he founded The School of Life, an organization devoted to fostering emotional health and intelligence.

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OPEN CALL | CPR 2016: EASTERN EUROPE program seeks to equip curatorial residents with a unique form of knowledge about the participating cities. Where do artists look for funding? How diverse is support? How do limited resources connect or isolate art practitioners? Who makes art possible, and why? Equipped with answers to these questions rather than a more traditional familiarity with the artists and the art worlds of each of these cities, the curatorial residents will investigate the range of connections inherent to funding structures and patron networks. By visualizing an art world positioned around resources, residents will have the opportunity to identify advantages and disadvantages of the systems. Additionally, the project seeks to ask what benefits are inferred in patron's support. In essence, the question becomes less about who buys art, and more about what does art buy? Independent curators and those with institutional affiliations may apply. Applications from curators with 2+ years of professional experience will be considered. A jury comprised of CPR's executive board as well as CPR local hosts will select the participants. Deadline: June 10, 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... 

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE | Challenges of Marginal Habitat in the Contemporary Southern Globe: Resilient Communities. The National Government of Ecuador, through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Architect Association, Pichincha Province, invites the international academic community with the purpose to obtain innovative proposals of intervention on human settlements that present common problems for various regions of the world. The competition consists of three different themes prompted to tackle three real problems of the Ecuadorian popular habitat, which are: human settlement in mangrove ecosystems in the Gulf of Guayaquil, settlements located in areas of vulnerability and risk in the vicinity of the Tungurahua Volcano and housing solutions in marginal urban settlements in Guayaquil's Estero Salado. Deadline for Proposals by theme: July 6, 7 and 8, 2016. Learn More... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Schindler Global Award is a student urban design competition. It is focused on mobility, understood as a key driver of desirable change in urban areas around the world. The SGA is a chance for young designers to match their skills and imaginations against the challenge of shaping the cities of today and tomorrow. Students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design are invited to come up with holistic design proposals in response to a specific brief. The biannual competition will next take place in 2016-2017, with a site in S„o Paulo, Brazil. Learn More... 

CALL FOR PAPERS | VIRAL: Information Technology as Prophet, Panacea, or Pariah? VIRAL--the inaugural call for papers for TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD)--is timely in asking whether architecture is once again on the threshold of significant changes in the material, technical and procedural context of design. In the twenty-first century, it is information technologies which are transforming how buildings are designed, constructed, delivered, occupied and assessed. From crowdsourcing to collective wisdom, technology is redefining our human relation to the environment, and to each other. Yet, to what extent are architects, and those who educate them, actively involved in articulating a path for such technologies within their work-be it in their research, scholarship, or design work? Alternatively, to what extent are architectural educators cautious, resistant, or critical of this highly speculative engagement with barely recognizable or material forms of technology?  
TAD seeks contributions from scholars, educators, designers, and architects who research, test and create using these emerging technologies and who seek to articulate and theorize the impact which they will have on the built environment. Deadline: September 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...
Diane Lewis, (AR '76/Arch fac) | Article | "Prof. Diane Lewis Celebrates Her Newest Book and 40th Reunion," THE COOPER UNION, June 1, 2016

David Gersten, (AR '91/Arch fac) | Visiting Artist | ZoŽtrope Sun, Arts Letters and Numbers workshop, July 9-August 7, 2016, Averill Park, NY

David Turnbull, (Arch fac) | Article | "The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces Kick-off Event for Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy," The Kennedy Center, May 17, 2016

The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design | Article | "The World We Will Live In - Stories of the Past and the Future," TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY CHOICES, June 2, 2016

Louis Katsos, (Arch fac) | Moderator & Host | Second Hellenic American Genealogy Conference, May 21, 2016, May 21, 2016, Chicago, IL

Jennifer Leung, (Arch fac) | Guest Editor | ARPA JOURNAL, issue 4, Instruments of Service

Wes Rozen, (AR '05/Arch fac) | Visiting Artist | ZoŽtrope Sun, Arts Letters and Numbers workshop, July 9-August 7, 2016, Averill Park, NY

Uri Wegman, (AR '08/Arch fac) | Visiting Artist | ZoŽtrope Sun, Arts Letters and Numbers workshop, July 9-August 7, 2016, Averill Park, NY

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "DS+R Reveals Design for the University of Chicago's Rubenstein Forum," ARCHDAILY.COM, May 27, 2016

Daniel Libeskind, (AR '70) | Article | "Prefab Pavilions by Ron Arad, Sou Fujimoto, Daniel Libeskind," AZURE Magazine, May 27, 2016

Alexander Gorlin, (AR '78) | Article | "The Bargain That Revived Bell Labs," ARCHITECT Magazine, May 23, 2016

Michal Raz-Russo, (AR '01) | Article | "Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison, Artistic Giants of Postwar Harlem," THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 1, 2016

Nicholas Pevzner, (AR '05) | Contributor | "Trees and Memory in Rwanda," LA+ JOURNAL, ISSUE 3: TYRANNY, Spring 2016

Situ Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05, Wes Rozen also Arch fac) | Article | "A Clever Canopy Brings Solar Power to Brooklyn at Long Last," WIRED, June 1, 2016

Emma Fuller, (AR '06) | Fellow | Live/Work for the Workforce Summer Residency 2016, Institute for Public Architecture


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