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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Four Sport Halls for the South American Games in Medellin, Colombia - Architect:  El Equipo Mazzanti, Photograph: Sergio Gomez
Current Work: Giancarlo Mazzanti, El Equipo de Mazzanti
Giancarlo Mazzanti's firm,   El Equipo de Mazzanti  approaches architectural design as a catalyst that "triggers behaviors and new dynamics, encouraging people to act in ways they will never think to act." For Mazzanti, architecture represents an evolving process rather than a static, finished object.

Tickets are free for Cooper Union students and faculty with valid ID, and League members. For ticket inquiries, please refer to The Architectural League of New York website.

School of Architecture in Granada - Architect: Víctor López Cotelo, Photograph: Lluís Casals
Alternativas / Alternatives - XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism
Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. 

The thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU) will be exhibited for the first time in the United States in Cooper Union's Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery. The exhibition, entitled 
Alternativas / Alternatives , features 22 jury selected projects completed between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015 by contemporary Spanish architects. The installation, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.

In conjunction with this exhibition, a group of distinguished scholars will be assembled on Saturday, November 12, to participate in a lively conversation about Spanish architecture. 

The exhibition is free and open to the public. 


ARCHITECTURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL | Bronx Community College - the only community college in the United States with national landmark designated buildings - will host an Architecture & Arts Festival to introduce the public to the beauty and history of its campus and to showcase local artists from across New York City. During this special event, BCC will be an Open House New York location as part of the City's five-borough celebration of architecture and design. Please register at Event Date: October 16, 2016 from 12pm - 4pm. Learn More... 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS | Open House New York  is a nonprofit organization that provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. For the annual OHNY Weekend event, we open up over 200 sites across all five boroughs to provide tours and access to the public, highlighting remarkable buildings and cutting edge infrastructure and design.  For this year's Weekend event on October 15 and 16, we hope to recruit a large team of volunteers to help out in a wide variety of ways at our sites all around the city. Learn More...

RESEARCH GRANTS | The James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship will award grants of up to $15,000 to one or two mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields. Deadline: October 26, 2016.   Learn More...

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS | Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally Estimates of the building industry's contribution to world carbon emissions reach as high as 30% worldwide - with figures on energy consumption in the region of 40%. The need for alternative low energy approaches to building, construction and design are obvious. However, key to a sustainable future are also related social questions.  Badly planned developments can not only lead to the destruction of habitats, they bring unaffordable housing, displaced communities and negative effects on physical health. Hosted in London and in the context of a housing crisis and various government initiatives to massively increase housing provision across the UK and elsewhere, this conference will focus on how these initiatives can be done in a sustainable manner. Deadline: October 30, 2016. Learn More...

APPLICATIONS OPEN | Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant  The  Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the  Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant with the purpose t o further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Proposals should be judged on need, focus and benefit. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Learn More...

FELLOWSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE | The James Steedman Fellowship in Architecture  Our age is increasingly defined by unpredictability and a need for contingency in design. However, the life of a building or design cannot always keep pace with changes in culture, context, or climate. How is the rigidity of architecture slackened? Where does the ability to adjust, modify, or respond to factors exist? Can (and does) Architecture adapt?  The Steedman 2016 jury seeks forward-thinking research proposals on instances and ideas of adaptation in architecture. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Learn More... 

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP | Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2017-18 academic year. The theme for this period is "What is distance?" Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include-but are not limited to-art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Learn More... 

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Space Invaders: Diaries of Radical Empathy  invites all city circulators and mavens of transportation to compose and submit a two-minute video of radical empathy. Envision the city from a mode of travel you never take, or can't stand to try. Or try to get from one place to another in the most unexpected or impossible way - swim to work, bike to the airport, kayak to dinner, climb a mountain to the post office. We encourage you to find an experience of the city, from a point of view you've so far never given yourself a moment to know, or even knew existed. Deadline: November 4, 2016. Learn More... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Little Free Library in partnership with Chronicle books and the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter (AIASF) invites designers, architects, doodlers, and book folks of all stripes to rethink this unique structure, and solve some of the challenges identified by the neighborhood heroes that care for them. Deadline: November 11, 2016. Learn More... 

DESIGN COMPETITION | Eleven invites thinkers, architects, designers, artists, academics and visionaries from around the world to imagine innovative solutions for Moontopia - the first ever self-sufficient lunar colony designed for living, working, researching and - why not - a little space tourism too. With all this buzz surrounding space travel, will we finally see mankind return to the Moon with a view to inhabit? What does this mean in terms of design? How can architecture adapt to its lunar surroundings and respond to a whole new set of criteria - be it advantages or threats - such as extreme temperature shifts, lunar quakes or reduced gravity? What could lunar architecture actually look like today? Deadline: November 11, 2016.  Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | MASSA Journal is a platform featuring architectural theory. We believe in gathering creative contributions from a variety of people of different disciplines to create a base for a collective knowledge regarding local architecture. We are looking for writers, artists, illustrators, poets, philosophers, sociologists, photographers and more, who have the affinity, or a passion for architecture, space, place, the city, the countryside or anything other linked to the subject. This is a call for materials, there's no limit regarding the length of an article or the media used for visual contributions. The next issue of MASSA will focus on the subject: "Holy." Deadline: November 14, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | PLAT Journal of Rice University is currently accepting submissions for the upcoming issue, Absence, which draws attention to the unbuilt structures, spaces, and ideas which hold as much potential and possibilities for architecture as their present counterparts. What does it mean for design to disappear? Absence, often seen as the result of a destructive force, may in fact be productive. While presence implies creation, absence promises possibilities. PLAT 6.0 welcomes architects, designers, thinkers, and anyone provoked by 'Absence' to submit design projects, essays, visual media, narratives, proposals, manifestos, and conversations that engage the notion of absence in architecture and its complementary creative fields. Please submit all materials, abstracts, and/or inquires to Deadline: December 1, 2016. Learn More...  

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Ventura Lambrate 2017  is Ventura Projects' flagship event held during the annual Salone del Mobile/Fuorisalone in Milan. During this week, the district of Lambrate in northeast Milan hosts a thriving design district that showcases the latest developments in international contemporary design. By juxtaposing conceptual experiments with professional presentations, visitors are challenged to take a different view on design. Applications are now open. Deadline: December 1, 2016. Learn More...

Mathematical Photo Submissions | MoMath: SeeingMath Do you see math in the world around you? Now is your opportunity to contribute a favorite mathematical photo to MoMath's _Seeing Math_ contest. Winning photos will be displayed on the large screen in the Museum as part of this visual tour of the mathematical world around us. To enter the _Seeing Math_ contest, please email your original photographic image (no photoshopping please) together with the formulae or commentary that would overlay the image. Please submit all entries to and limit the size of your email to 5 MB or less. Deadline: January 1, 2017.  Learn More...

LAND ART COMPETITION | Nka Foundation invites submissions from creative practitioners and organizations dedicated to community placemaking to participate in its 2017 Land Art Competition. The competition is open to landscape architects, artists, curators, designers, architects, urban planners, structural engineers, university students and others from around the world to submit ideas for large-scale and site-specific public art installations based on site in rural Ghana. The submitted entries can be functional or nonfunctional works but must aim at creating a truly unique experience that becomes emblematic of what an arts village is and how it needs to function as a PLACE. The arts village is designed as a learning center to provide relational spaces for creative people from the region and other countries to live, work, learn and create. Registration Deadline: January 31, 2017. Learn More...

Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac | Group Exhibition | Letters to the Developer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 4-22, 2016

Tamar Zinguer, AR '89/Arch fac | Article | Cooper to Cooper, Episode 2: Toy Talk, THE COOPER UNION, October 5, 2016

Aranda/Lasch (Benjamin Aranda, Arch fac) | Article | "Exhibit Columbus kicks off with public symposium," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, October 5, 2016

Michael Young, Arch fac | Introduction and Roundtable Discussion | J. Irwin Miller Symposium: "Aesthetic Activism," Yale University, October 13-15, 2016, New Haven, CT

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "2016 Istanbul Biennial announces participants and projects," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, October 3, 2016  | Article | "DS+R's Vagelos Center masterfully balances verticality, high-tech medicine, and spaces for learning," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, October 5, 2016

Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Group Exhibition | Letters to the Developer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 4-22, 2016

Toshiko Mori, AR '76 | Conversation | Glass House Presents Toshiko Mori + Nicholas Fox Weber, The Glass House, October 27, 2016, New Canaan, CT

Peggy Deamer, AR '77 | Introduction and Roundtable Discussion | J. Irwin Miller Symposium: "Aesthetic Activism," Yale University, October 13-15, 2016, New Haven, CT

Elizabeth Diller, AR '79 | Lecture | "Unfinished Business," Bettman Lecture Series: Materialities and Technologies, Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology, October 10, 2016, NYC

Mark West, AR '80 | Lecture | "Pressure Building: A New Architectural Language of Fabric-Formed Concrete," NYIT, October 17, 2016, NYC

Laurie Hawkinson AR '83 | Group Exhibition | Letters to the Developer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 4-22, 2016

Shigeru Ban, AR '84 | Article | "Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter at MoMA," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, September 30, 2016

David Heymann, AR '85 | Lecture | Texas Tech University College of Architecture, September 30, 2016, Lubbock, TX

Sharon Lobo, AR '91 | Group Exhibition | Moonlighting2, RAB Lighting, September 15, 2016

Gina Pollara, AR '91 | Group Exhibition | Letters to the Developer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 4-22, 2016

Bradley Samuels, AR '05 | Group Exhibition | Letters to the Developer, Storefront for Art and Architecture, October 4-22, 2016

Gia Mainiero, AR '06 | Guided Tour | Archtober Building of the Day: Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage and Salt Shed, October 11, 2016

Daniel Wills, AR '12 | Participant | Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 4th edition, The Form of Form, October 5-December 11, 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

Alberto Martinez Garcia, M.AR '16 | Article | "Winners 2016 COAM Awards," METALOCUS, September 26, 2016


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