Tuesday, October 24 , 2017
Current Work: Zhang Ke, Zao/standardarchitecture 
Introduced and Moderated by Billie Tsien

Zhang Ke founded ZAO/standardarchitecture in Beijing in 2001. He believes that working in a micro scale can impact larger urban masterplans and developments common to China's recent urbanization. Many of Zhang Ke's projects focus on the transformation and preservation of Beijing's historic hutongs - residences organized in cellular courtyard arrangements connected by narrow alleys.

Recent works by ZAO/standardarchitecture include the 2013 Micro Hutong Hostel, an attempt to create small scale social housing within the constraints of traditional Beijing hutongs; the 2016 Novartis Campus Building, an office with outdoor courtyards, passages, and gardens in Shanghai; and visitor centers embedded in the mountainous landscape of rural Tibet. In 2014, the firm designed the Aga Khan Award-winning Cha'er Children's Library and Art Center, which incorporates and reimagines small buildings and structures that former residents had added to the hutong courtyard over the past 50 years.

Billie Tsien is principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners. Tsien currently serves as President of the board of directors of The Architectural League of New York.

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

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

Free for all Cooper Union students, faculty and staff, and League members.

Image: Micro Hutong, Beijing. Photo courtesy of Wu Qingshan. 

Student Lecture Series: Luis Callejas | Scale: Urban

LCLA bridges the apparent limits between architecture, landscape architecture and visual arts, while combining practice with constant involvement in academia and applied research. O ffice director Luis Callejas has been faculty at Harvard University Graduate School of design since 2011 and Associate professor at the Oslo School of Architecture since 2016.

Having obtained diverse recognition in multiple architecture, urban design and landscape competitions, Luis Callejas was awarded with the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects in 2013 and selected as one of the world's ten best young practices by the Iakov Cher-nikhov International Foundation in 2010.

Architect and landscape architect Luis Callejas will present recent work and persistent enquiries between the object and vast territories.

The School of Architecture Student Lecture Series 2017-18 is generously sponsored by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

Student Lecture Series: An Evening with Robert Wilson
1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is the First Time

In an exceptional performance of two hours, director and artist Robert Wilson invites us into his astonishing aesthetic universe. Combining hundreds of striking images from through his prolific career, Wilson provides an intimate self-portrait of his creative process. 

Mr. Wilson references his landmark original works for the stage such as Deafman Glance, A Letter for Queen Victoria, Einstein on the Beach (created with composer Philip Glass), The CIVIL warS, and The Black Rider, as well as his acclaimed work for the operatic and theatrical repertoire, including his luminous stagings of Madama Butterfly, Wagner's Ring Cycle, The Magic Flute, Ibsen's Peer Gynt  and Heiner Mueller's Quartett. At the conclusion of the Performance, the audience is invited to explore Mr. Wilson's ideas further during an informal question-and-answer period. 

The Student Lecture Series is made possible through a generous contribution to the School of Architecture Dean's Circle by Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown. 

The event is free and open to the public.  General public should reserve a space  here. First come, first seated.

Image: Robert Wilson, courtesy of Lucie Jansch, 2011. 

Christian Kerez: Definitions of Space

Often, architectural space is defined by requirements which are totally arbitrary and alien to the discipline of architecture itself. This lecture will focus on architecture and its medium, the three-dimensional space, not in a closed, clearly defined way, but instead in an experimental way that opens up various approaches for defining and thinking about space. Working titles such as atomized space, incidental space, ornamental space, and fluid space, among others, are used to describe architecture in the most distant and abstract way: only with words, deliberately without any images or references, and purely by the effort of thinking to trigger projects - working on the essence of architectural space itself. 

This lecture is sponsored by The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York with support from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union. 

The event is free and open to the public.  General public should reserve a space  here. First come, first seated.

Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment

Geostories  is a manifesto, developed by the design-research practice Design Earth, on the environmental imagination presented in architectural projects that engage the planetary scale with a commitment to the drawing as medium. This exhibition will present four subject-specific projects - After Oil Of Oil and Ice Pacific Aquarium  and Trash Peaks  - in the form of large scale drawings printed on canvas and mounted on wood. 

Exhibition Dates
Tuesday, October 17 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-7pm
Closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

This event is free and open to the public.

Image: "At the Bottom of the World," Of Oil and Ice, 2017. 

Franco Purini: Selected Works

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture is pleased to present a selection of original drawings by renowned Italian architect, Franco Purini. The exhibition includes twenty-six works completed between 1984 and 2016, illustrating Purini's distinct and visionary approach to the representation of architecture through drawing, capturing his ongoing "research for the genetic principle of a building, of a city, of an intervention into the landscape." In his contemplations on the act of drawing, Purini states: "With drawing, you can depict architectures that can be constructed or which live only as visual utopias; buildings that are no longer in existence that rise again through their graphic reconstruction; architectures that never existed and architectures that could never exist. Drawing is also the only cognitive and creative space the architect has to effectively know the physical world in which his works will exist."

Presented in collaboration with the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture & Design, in conjunction with   Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment.

This event is free and open to the public.

Image: For Purini: Teatrino N. 5 - Teatrini | Small Theater N. 5, From the series "Theaters", 1997. 

Atlas of (In)Visible Spaces
Photographs of City Nature by Linda Pollak 

The Atlas of Invisible Spaces is an ongoing photography project that focuses on interactions between social and ecological elements, processes and phenomena that are part of our everyday urban existence.

The objective for this series of photographs is to support awareness of the environment in relation to the self, through contact with natural elements in the urban context, by gathering a sense of what is or could be significant, and which might not previously have been understood as such. These images aim to reorient ways in which we move through our urban natural habitat, wherein an infinite number of artifacts, processes and phenomena invite our experience and challenge us to think about our own place in the ever-shifting interactions that contribute to the beauty of every day space.

Professor Adjunct  Linda Pollak joined the faculty of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in Fall 2017. She is currently teaching the landscape architecture seminar Constructed Ground.

This exhibition is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

The Diane Lewis Memorial Architecture Travel Fellowship: In Search of Civic Space

Close friends and colleagues of Diane Lewis AR '76 have established an endowed travel fellowship in her memory. The Diane Lewis AR'76 Memorial Architecture Travel Fellowship: In Search of Civic Space will be awarded to Cooper Union architecture students for summer travel between their fourth and fifth years. Students will be expected to focus on a major reoccurring architectural theme of great importance to Professor Lewis - defining and designing 'Civic Space.' 

Prof. Lewis once said, "The most exciting work of the architect is to understand the city as a work of art. It's the idea of advocating great civic space as the work of artists, architects and engineers together, which I believe is the original motive of this school." We encourage you to support her vision and continue her legacy with a memorial gift. 

To donate by check, please:
   * Make it payable to The Cooper Union
   * Note on the memo line "Diane Lewis Memorial Fund" 
   * Mail it to the attention of Jennifer Durst, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, 
      The Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square 8th floor, New York, NY 10003

To donate securely online by credit card, please visit here and note in the box for "Other gifts" that you wish to direct your contribution to the "Diane Lewis Memorial Fund."

If you have any questions, please email development@cooper.edu or call (212) 353-4104.

To view Dean Nader Tehrani's letter to the community honoring Diane, visit here.

Image courtesy of Anita Seiff. 

Brad Cloepfil, Arch fac | Article | "Allied Works Renovates the World's Best Restaurant, Eleven Madison Park," METROPOLIS, October 16, 2017

Common Accounts (Igor Bragado, Arch fac, principal) | Panelist | "Gangnam, Muscle and Death: Ritualistic Protocols for Online Urbanism," Superhumanity: Post-Labor, Psychopathology, Plasticity International Symposium, MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, October 27-28, 2017, Seoul, South Korea | Article | "El funeral en el ámbito doméstico de la arquitectura en "Tres Funerales Corrientes" por Common Accounts," METALOCUS, October 17, 2017

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "Diller Scofidio + Renfro selected for London concert hall," WAN WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS, October 11, 2017

Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Article | "The Holocaust Monument by Libeskind combines architecture, art, landscape and scholarship," DOMUS, October 12, 2017 | Studio Visit | Workplace Wednesdays: Studio Libeskind, sponsored by the Center for Architecture, October 25, 2017, NYC

Elizabeth Diller, AR '79 | Article | "Meet Liz Diller, the rebel architect behind MoMA, the High Line and now a home for Simon Rattle," THE GUARDIAN, October 20, 2017

Stan Allen, AR '81 | Article | "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago," METALOCUS, October 20, 2017

Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto, AR '81, AR '83 | Exhibition | REISER + UMEMOTO, RUR ARCHITECTURE, University of Virginia School of Architecture, October 13-November 19, 2017, Charlottesville, VA | Lecture | Projects and their Consequences, Harry S. Shire Visiting Professorship Lecture, University of Virginia School of Architecture, October 16, 2017, Charlottesville, VA

Michael Samuelian, AR '95/Arch fac | Article | "Unearthing Governor's Island," THE COOPER UNION, October 19, 2017

Vladimir Belogolovsky, AR '96 | Moderator | Caples Jefferson Architects: What We Love About Doing This Work, Center for Architecture, October 23, 2017, NYC

SITU Studio (Basar Girit, Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Wes Rozen, Bradley Samuels, all AR '05) | Article | "Tyme Kiosk by Situ Studio Pops Up in Times Square," INTERIOR DESIGN, October 2, 2017


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Harvard GSD Richard Rogers Fellowship a residency program based at the Wimbledon House in London, is intended to encourage in-depth, original form of investigation as a way to expand both practice and scholarship. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment. Deadline: November 14, 2017. Learn More...

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP | AIANYS John A. Notaro Memorial Scholarship: Experimentation rewards $1000 to each of its recipients. We are looking for projects showcasing either a studio project or something that has been produced in a digital fabrication studio. Submissions should explain how it first into the theme, and answer the question "what is the future of the profession?". Projects can come from either the Spring or Fall 2017 Semester. Send submissions to Cara Longobardi. Deadline: November 17, 2017. Learn More...  

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Grant   promotes the advancement of 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. Deadline: November 1, 2017.    Learn More...

IDEAS COMPETITION | UNFUSE: The Black Taj is prompted by the possibility that a second mausoleum across the Taj Mahal was supposed to exist, how would build it?  Deadline: October 29, 2017.  Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Transient Spaces is a publication project originated at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture by faculty members whose research and studio practices engage with the themes of transiency, activism and dwelling in contexts of impermanence and crisis, where the demand for belonging and community building challenges the agency of design and our roles as architects and educators. The publication will include work of artists, scholars, students, architects, engineers and actors from humanitarian support mechanisms. Abstracts deadline: September 15, 2017. Contribution deadline: October 30, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | 2018 Berkeley Prize: Applying the Social Art of Architecture The Berkeley Prize Competition was established in 1998, made possible by a generous gift of Judith Lee Stronach to the Department of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. There are two ways of competing, an essay competition and a travel fellowship. Deadline: November 1, 2017. Learn More...

OPEN CALL | Extended Program of the Dutch Pavilion 2018 Invites researchers and designers in the field of architecture to submit projects for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, in response to the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut. Deadline: November 8, 2017.  Learn More...

IDEAS COMPETITION | SHELTER 48: Emergency Life-Support Design For this challenge, Eleven Magazine focuses on natural disasters by looking at the concept and definition of shelter in their immediate aftermath and posing the question: how can architecture and design help protect, shelter and save lives when they strike? Deadline: November 11, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Art Intervention on the Perimeter of the new Eaux-Vives Station in Geneva The City of Geneva, through its Contemporary Art Fund, is organizing a two-round competition to create one (or several) art intervention(s) in connection with the construction of a new area within the Eaux-Vives district. Submit entries by email. Deadline: November 13, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS | CUAA Annual Awards 2018 asks alumni to nominate (i)living Art, Architecture, Engineering, Physics and Math alumni who are extraordinary in their fields for the appropriate professional award and (ii) alumni within any major who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to public service for the Peter Cooper Public Service Award. Please send completed forms to contact@cooperalumni.org. Deadline: November 15, 2017. Download Nomination Form.

CALL FOR PAPERS | The S.ARCH 2018 Conference accepts papers for the following topics and tracks: State of affairs and Future Visions, Conceptual and Methodical Concepts, Holistic Environmental Perceptions, Interactive Structures, Built Environment, Urban Ecology and Climate, Bioclimatic and Cultural Sensitivity, Energy Saving, Materiality, Investments and Constructions. Deadline: November 24, 2017. Learn More...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Conservation as a Human Science Fellowship (CHS): New York/Amsterdam Bard Graduate Center, together with the Conservation & Sientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum, announces a year-long (2018-19) fellowship focusing on developing the idea that conservation practice is a human science. Deadline: December 1, 2017.  Learn More..

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | Amps Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity aims to stimulate critical debate about the standard practices dominating the built environment seeking perspectives from architects, urban designers, planners, artists, human geographers, sociologists, media specialists and more. Deadline: December 5, 2017. Learn More...

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Invites graduate student teams from accredited educational institutions in the U.S. to participate. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic and environmental issues. Deadline: December 11, 2017. Learn More...

DESIGN-BUILD CHALLENGE | Reinventing the African Mud House Nka Foundation is issuing a challenge to designers, architects, engineers and innovators to use their creativity to come up with modern mud types for rural Africa. The challenge is to design and build a sample component of a vocational school of arts and design that generates electricity by use of renewable energy technologies such as wind, solar photovoltaic, geothermal heat, water, biomass or another type. Email your portfolio and CV to info@nkafoundation.org. Deadline: December 12, 2017. Learn More... 

APPLICATIONS OPEN | The Cornish Family Prize for Art & Design Publishing will award the winner with $15,000 AUD, with additional $1000 AUD prizes for up to five finalists. The NGV invites applications from publishers, artists, designers, writers, curators and organizations around the world. Titles must have a publish date of January 2017-December 2017. Deadline: December 12, 2017. Learn more... 

FIGURE DRAWING | Cooper Figure Drawing Sessions take place every Wednesday night from October 4 through December 13. Any questions contact paintingmodel@gmail.com. Come at or before 8:30PM to guarantee a seat. 

CALL FOR PROJECTS | S. ARCH AWARDS invites architects, academics, studios, developers, engineers, and students to submit their projects in two categories: The best completed project award and the best conceptual design award. Deadline: December 22, 2017. Learn More... 

STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE | SAFARI Zimbabwe 2018 is looking for proposals for a new safari lodge. One which blends traditional safari activities with new ones linked with culture, tradition and conservation, and one which allows the visitor to experience its unique context fully. The challenge is open to students and professionals. Deadline: January 11, 2018.  Learn More...

OPEN CALL | Arquine Competition No. 20: MEXTROPOLI PAVILLION 2018 The Arquine International Architecture Competition calls for design and build proposals for a public installation that generates civic architectural interactions. Deadline: January 12, 2018. Learn More...

STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE | Wege Prize 2017: Creating a Circular Economy challenges teams to leverage their transdisciplinary makeup to collaboratively design and propose a transition from a linear economic model to a circular economic model. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Learn More... 

STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION | Dinnovation is a dinnerware competition sponsored by Gaia Group USA that provides the opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to share their original, innovative designs with tableware leaders and experts. Deadline: January 31, 2018.  Learn More...

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Ornamental Metal Institute of New York: Design the Next-Generation Facade challenges participants to submit their vision for a facade system that can play a major role in enhancing employee health and well-being at a tech incubator on the Williamsburg waterfront. Deadline: February 1, 2018. Learn More...

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PHD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2018-19 academic year. The theme for this period is "When is After?" Deadline: February 1, 2018. Learn More...

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | The Melbourne Art Book Fair will bring together international and local publishers and practitioners in a weekend of free talks, book launches, performances, and stalls featuring art, design, architecture and photography publications form around the world. The book fair will take place from March 16 through March 18, 2018. Learn More...


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