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Thursday, June 23, 2016
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Thesis 2016
Thesis 2016
Edited by Sam Choi, Alice Colverd, Cassandra Engstrom, Diego González, Thomas Heyer, Johnathan Ngo, Vanessa Tai and Janine Wang. 

Thesis 2016 is a publication representing the work of the graduating class of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. With contributions from thesis faculty members Hayley Eber, Pep Avilés and Lauren Kogod, the book contextualizes the discourse from which the students' theses leap.

You may purchase this publication here

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... 

INVITATION TO APPLY | Droga Architect Residence Program is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation, and reflects our vision of architecture as fundamental to Australian culture. The Foundation invites applications from prominent architects who can share in and contribute to this vision. The Residency offers an opportunity for successful candidates to engage with the local architectural community via seminars and related events, which are relevant to their oeuvre, as hosted by the Foundation for the purposes of developing or extending a project in line with our goals for the residency. It is expected that successful applicants will display a body of architectural work that emphasises a strong public and social benefit and which will be clearly communicated through their residency project submission. The residents will be hosted in Sydney for a period of 10-12 weeks. Successful applicants will be offered accommodation, a stipend, and return flights and be responsible for their own visa and travel (including health) insurance. Deadline: July 10, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR DESIGNS | Rug Your City: A Project to Create Handmade Rugs Inspired by Modern Cities intends to produce beautiful rugs while engaging the creative community to interpret what our cities mean to us today. (It's also a really exciting challenge for those who have never undertaken a rug design before.) This time, the focus of our design challenge will be Los Angeles, and we're opening up the submission process to anyone who would like to participate, regardless of their experience designing rugs or their proximity to Los Angeles. Designs selected will be produced as rugs, and their creators will receive a 4'x6' rug with their design and a 7% commission on future sales of rugs with their design sold on our site. Deadline: July 15, 2016. Learn More... 

ART SLOPE | Park Slope Art Festival is a free, public, interactive, participatory Arts Festival, to be held from September 17-25, 2016.  Inspired by successful art festivals, ranging from Figment to Documenta, Art Slope is being created by the Park Slope Civic Council in order to engage and showcase the work of our wide variety of artists, writers, and performers. We draw from a rich trove of local artists, arts organizations and venues to create an 11-day celebration of visual, literary and performing arts. Venues will include outdoor installations in Prospect Park, tents along Prospect Park West, and a wide variety of art and performances throughout and around Park Slope, in retail and commercial spaces, pop-up galleries, and the outdoor front yards and facades of private homes.  It will provide a walkable art experience sharable with  people of all ages and backgrounds in the community.  There will also be artist and writers panel discussions, readings, and poetry slams. A program schedule and walking map are in the works. Learn More... 

ARTIST GRANTS IN CHICAGO | Propeller Fund awards $50,000 per year to artists and groups for collaborative, public-oriented projects that are independent and self-organized. Visual artists and collectives located in Cook County, IL, are eligible to apply. All collective projects must identify a "Lead Artist" that resides in Cook County, IL, in order for their project to be eligible. More than 50% of project collaborators or collective members should also reside in Cook County, IL. Applicants are encouraged to request the amount that is needed to accomplish their project, up to $6,000. The aim of all grants is to ensure that each project will reach completion and has the resources to live up to its ambitions. Deadline: August 1, 2016. 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...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Schindler Global Award: Urban Design for Coexistence 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 São Paulo, Brazil. Deadlines: Applications by December 16, 2016 and Projects by December 30, 2016. Learn More...

Anthony Vidler, (Arch fac) | Article | "Zaha Hadid, 1950-2016," ARTFORUM, Summer 2016

Tulay Atak, (Arch fac) | Paper Session | "'Megaprojects' vs 'Megaform': Contemporary Large-Scale Urban Projects," ACSA 2016 International Conference, CROSS-AMERICAS: PROBING DISGLOBAL NETWORKS, June 29-July 1, 2016, Santiago de Chile, Chile 

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, (Arch fac) | Paper Session | "De-Coding Architecture's Geopolitics in Academia: Computation and Capitalism in apparent oppositions between North and South America," ACSA 2016 International Conference, CROSS-AMERICAS: PROBING DISGLOBAL NETWORKS, June 29-July 1, 2016, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Tamar Zinguer, (Arch fac) | Book Review | "Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America, by Amy F. Ogata," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 75 No. 2, June 2016.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "Zig-Zagging Columbia Medical Building Is Nearly Complete," CURBED.COM, June 17, 2016

Peggy Deamer, (AR '77) | Conversation Participant | "Reworking Architecture: A conversation about architecture's lack of labor consciousness and architecture's place in activism," Slought Foundation, May 20, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

Stanley Allen, (AR '81) | Article | "Detroit Rock City: An Urban Geology, LOG 37, Spring/Summer 2016

Maurice Cox, (AR '83) | Interview |  "An Agenda for the Everyday," LOG 37, Spring/Summer 2016 

Shigeru Ban, (AR '84) | Article | "Has Cardboard Architecture's Moment Finally Arrived?," CO.DESIGN, June 9, 2016
| Article | "Tainan Museum of Fine Arts: Tainan City, Taiwan," GA 137 INTERNATIONAL 2016

Olivier Ottevaere, (AR '02) | Paper Session | "Rule Based Constructions or the Materialization of a Line in Motion," ACSA 2016 International Conference, CROSS-AMERICAS: PROBING DISGLOBAL NETWORKS, June 29-July 1, 2016, Santiago de Chile, Chile
| Project Session | "New Orders, in search of a new point-block diagram for Hong Kong," ACSA 2016 International Conference, CROSS-AMERICAS: PROBING DISGLOBAL NETWORKS, June 29-July 1, 2016, Santiago de Chile, Chile


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