LECTURES AND EVENTS

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Current Work: Nader Tehrani | Schools of Thought
Introduced by Anthony Vidler and Moderated by Florian Idenburg

Nader Tehrani is the principal of  NADAAA, a practice he founded in 2011 with Katherine Faulkner and Daniel Gallagher. The firm grew out of Office dA, a practice he formed in 1986 with Rodolphe El Khoury, which later expanded to include Monica Ponce de Leon in 1991. With offices in New York and Boston, NADAAA is dedicated to "the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry." Tehrani is the current Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. 

Anthony Vidler is professor of architecture at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, where he served as dean from 2002-2013.

Florian Idenburg is Founding Partner of  SO-IL and Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

This lecture is co-sponsored with The Architectural League of New York.

Tickets are free for Cooper Union students and faculty with valid ID, and League members.

Image: NADAA. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture, and Design, University of Toronto. Ontario, Canada. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

Hanif Kara: Designing Interdisciplinary Attitudes

Today's fertile atmosphere provides a novel condition for the specific relationship between Architects and Structural Engineers as both try, breathlessly, to keep up with the pace of change driven by technological advancement, economic and ecological challenges. The combination of the brute forces of computation and intuition have encouraged new innovations in processes and methods of design allowing a freer movement between disciplines and binding design as well as fabrication and construction more coherently. Professor Kara will try to share the impact of these expanded opportunities through a series of built projects .The presentation will show examples of "design research" that can be realized as projects from the use of new materials through to bespoke computation and inversion of the most familiar processes that have been routinized at the expense of creativity and innovation. The presentation will speculate about the need to banish the perception of the polarizing characterization of the Architect and Engineer that is prevalent in practice, by adapting a new behavior of interaction, deep appreciation of the design disciplines that the presenter has labelled as "The Pink Noise Of Design Engineering"

Hanif Kara is a London-based structural engineer and Professor of Architectural Technology at Harvard GSD. Since co-founding Adams Kara Taylor (now AKT II), his particular 'design-led' approach and interest in innovative forms, material uses and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on unique, award-winning projects with leading designers. The practice has won over 300 design awards.

This lecture is sponsored by The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York with support from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Albert Nerken School of Engineering. 

This event is free and open to the public. CEU and PDH Credit is Pending.  

Image: Coca-Cola Beatbox, Courtesy of AKTII

John Hejduk Works / Jan Palach Memorial

Through an exhibition and an installation, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture proudly celebrates the work of 1950 Cooper Union graduate, architect and Dean Emeritus, John Q. Hejduk.

The exhibition  Hélène Binet - John Hejduk Works will present seven of Hejduk's built works as photographed by Hélène Binet, a renowned London-based photographer who was Hejduk's photographer of record. Binet's photographs of both permanent and temporary structures will be presented, including the Berlin Tower, Wall House 2, The Collapse of Time, Security and Object/Subject. The exhibition will also include a chronology of the numerous realizations of Hejduk's design for the Jan Palach Memorial, which was permanently installed in Prague in 2016. Comprised of two structures - House of the Suicide and House of the Mother of the Suicide - this work honors the Czech activist and dissident Jan Palach, whose self-immolation in protest of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 served as a galvanizing force against the communist government then in power.

As a companion to the interior installation, the School of Architecture will install  the  Jan Palach Memorial on the plaza outside The Cooper Union's Foundation Building. These structures, first constructed at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1990, represent an architectural manifestation of a powerful socio-political act, the ultimate personal sacrifice at a critical moment in the ongoing global struggle for individual freedom against autocracy and centralized control.

This exhibition is free and open to the public. 

Image:  Jan Palach Memorial. Atlanta, 1990. Photo by  Hélène Binet.

WAYS TO GIVE BACK
John Q. Hejduk
John Q. Hejduk Scholarship Fund 

The John Q. Hejduk Scholarship provides financial assistance to School of Architecture students that is in addition to the 50% merit scholarship awarded to all admitted students. Contributions to scholarship funds provide a means by which The Cooper Union can move toward the goal of full scholarships for all. The School of Architecture invites you to join with us in celebrating the memory and legacy of John Hejduk by making a contribution to the Scholarship fund that bears his name.

Please donate here specifying that your gift goes to the "John Q. Hejduk Memorial Scholarship Fund." 

OPEN CALLS & OPPORTUNITIES
NEW

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Weinberg Fellowship in Architectural History and Preservation awards two fellows per year who propose projects devoted to the understanding and conservation of architecture in any geographic area and period. Applications are encouraged from all countries; candidates must be at the post-doctoral or faculty level. Deadline: April 17, 2017.  Learn More...

OPEN CALL | 2017 BSA and AIANY Housing Design Awards judges submissions based on design excellence. Any housing type anywhere in the world may be submitted if the architect/firm currently resides in New England or New York City. Deadline: May 12, 2017.   Learn More... 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise award three prizes of $50,000 each to young architects and building professionals who demonstrate extraordinary talent, dedication, and potential to advance the field of architecture. The prizes are meant to facilitate future discovery and impact for promising architects and building arts professionals at a critical stage in their careers. Deadline: May 31, 2017.   Learn More... 
DEADLINE APPROACHING  

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Spazio Artisti Art and Architecture Residency is located in Pozzuoli, a city and commune of the Metropolitan City of Naples. The focus of the residency is to explore the relationship between the city and its province and the tension between two sides of Mediterranean modernity as it appears in the working class "province" and the bourgeois center (Napoli). Deadline: April 6, 2017. Learn More...

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY | Forefront Fellowship 2017: Design for Arrival explores how urban design, development and technology can strengthen historic and emerging immigrant communities in New York City. Deadline: April 14, 2017. Learn More...

OPEN CALL | Socrates Sculpture Park 2017 Broadway Billboard Series: Your Image Here All Artists, designers, art students, architects, emerging or retired, are welcome to submit a proposal on the topic of democracy and American identity to be placed on a billboard at Socrates Sculpture Park. Proposals Deadline: April 15, 2017.  Learn More...

CALL FOR FELLOWS | Het Nieuwe Instituut announces an open call for three research fellows to work in residence from September 2017 to February 2018. The fellowship will be developed through independent research; individual support and interaction with the Research & Development department. Research offering departures from established modes of thinking in the disciplines of architecture, design, and digital culture are encouraged. Deadline: April 16, 2017.  Learn More...
ONGOING

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | The Deborah J. Norden Fund Students of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies are invited to propose research projects for up to $5,000 in travel grants. Deadline: April 23, 2017. Learn More... 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Take Shape: Loft, a nonfiction publication at the intersection of politics and architecture, is seeking submissions exploring how lofts function for their residents and in the broader context of affordable housing within a city. How are spaces that are classified as lofts treated differently form other forms of illegal dwelling and low-income housing? Deadline: April 31, 2017. Learn More...

OPEN CALL | CUP Fellowship for Change in Design is a new initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically under-represented communities into the design fields, and to dismantle the systemic biases that stand in the way of their advancement as leaders in these fields. Deadline: May 1, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR PAPERS | Thresholds 46: SCATTER! The MIT Department of Architecture's peer-reviewed journal will be edited with the aim to examine the history and future of the circulation, distribution and dissemination of architectural knowledge. Deadline: May 1, 2017.  Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Eleven Magazine: Rome 2017 Competition, 21st Century River Rennaissance is an international ideas and design challenge that seeks to address Rome's current issues by asking the international creative community to consolidate the Tiber river into a new model of Roman life for this millennium. Deadline: May 11, 2017. Learn More...

IDEAS COMPETITION | arch out loud: Human Trafficking Tenancingo Square Mediascape Encompassing both labor and sex, human trafficking denies basic freedoms and degrades life to mere commodification. arch out loud challenges designers to reimagine the town square of Tenancingo, Mexico in response to the prevalent issues of sex trafficking existing in the area. Register by: April 18, 2017. Deadline: May 15, 2017.  Learn More...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS | KADK: Drawing Millions of Plans Conference invites scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers and/or to submit actual drawings. The conference will consist of academic and work-based sessions, with the latter including presentations of submitted drawings. We ask for an abstract of maximum 500 words. Please submit proposals by email to  millionsofplans@kadk.dk. Deadline: May 15, 2017. Learn More...

APPLICATIONS OPEN | The Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship promotes and encourages the study of architecture by New York City public high school students through a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at a NAAB-accredited school of architecture in the U.S. Deadline: May 15, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR COMPETITORS | The Driverless Future Challenge invites competitors to actively create solutions and products that harness the power of autonomous transportation in New York City. Competitors are free to select any facet of driverless technology, from zoomed-out city-scale solutions, to small interventions within the urban fabric. Deadline: May 19, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Elevate Your Pitch 2017 is sponsored by Schindler and administered by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). This elevator pitch competition presents students with a great opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win recognition and earn one of three cash prizes. Submissions should be innovative in nature and should try to solve a unique problem. Deadline: May 26, 2017.  Learn More... 

CALL FOR DESIGN IDEAS | The LA+ IMAGINATION Open international Design Ideas Competition asks you to design a new island. You can locate it anywhere in the world, program it any way you want, and give it any form and purpose you can imagine. Deadline: June 2, 2017.  Learn More... 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY | Storefront for Art and Architecture seeks an individual for a one-year fully funded fellowship position to research and develop a global project related to architecture, design, and technology. The Program and Strategy Fellow will primarily support Architecture Conflicts, a high priority project of Storefront.    Learn More...  

FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS  
Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac | Article | "At Cooper Union, public art pays homage to Czech dissident Jan Palach," CURBED.COM, March 29, 2017

John Hejduk, AR '50/Arch dean & fac emeritus (deceased) | Article | "At Cooper Union, public art pays homage to Czech dissident Jan Palach," CURBED.COM, March 29, 2017 | Article | "Cooper Union Art Installation Stands Tall on Designer's Original Plans," NY1 NEWS, March 29, 2017 | Article | "Hejduk-Designed Memorial Built in Cooper Park," THE COOPER UNION,
March 29, 2017

Steven Hillyer, AR '90/Arch staff | Article | "At Cooper Union, public art pays homage to Czech dissident Jan Palach," CURBED.COM, March 29, 2017 | Article | "Cooper Union Art Installation Stands Tall on Designer's Original Plans," NY1 NEWS, March 29, 2017 | Article | "Hejduk-Designed Memorial Built in Cooper Park," THE COOPER UNION, March 29, 2017

ALUMNI NEWS
Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Article | "Spiralling greenery," WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS, March 24, 2017

Shigeru Ban, AR '84 | Solo Exhibition | Shigeru Ban Architects: The inventive work of Shigeru Ban, SCAF Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, March 25-July 1, 2017, Sydney, Australia

Jeffrey Hou, AR '90 | Lecture | From DIY Urbanism to Actually Existing Commons, Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU, New York, New York, April 13, 2017

Alexis Rivas, AR '16 | Article | "Architectural Details: The Perfect Prefabricated Home," ARCHITIZER, March 22, 2017

Jemuel Joseph, AR '16 | Article | "Architectural Details: The Perfect Prefabricated Home," ARCHITIZER, March 22, 2017

Tong Shu, AR '20 | Article | "Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque, LEFT Architects," ARCHITECT magazine, March 2017

                                                                                         

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