Monday, October 16 , 2017
Brad Cloepfil: Case Work

Brad Cloepfil, Founding Principal of Allied Works Architecture, will discuss the firm's design process, creative work and notable projects (such as the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, OH, and The Clyfford Still Museum in Denver) presented through the lens of their exhibition entitled Case Work: Studies in Form, Space, and Construction.

Brad Cloepfil is the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Chair. 

This lecture is made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP  here

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. 

Gallery Round Table/Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 17, 2017  -  6:30PM-8:30PM

Architectural Tropes Across Scales And Geographies: A Conversation With Rania Ghosn, El Hadi Jazairy, Maria Perbellini, Franco Purini And Nader Tehrani - Moderated By Felipe Correa

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.

On view in the Second Floor Hallway Gallery of the Foundation Building.

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. 

Monument, Myth and Meaning

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities across the nation, a panel discussion on Civil War Monuments has been planned in Cooper Union's renowned Great Hall, on the subject of their meaning, the complex histories that surround their realization, and the current socio-political conditions that are causing their very existence to be reconsidered. Should these monuments be saved? Should they be torn down? Is it possible-or even appropriate-to make thoughtful, informed interventions into these works of public art that can preserve their history, diffuse the myth and polarization that surround them and serve as teaching moments for future generations? These and other questions will be posed during the program.

The event is free and open to the public.  General public should reserve a space  here .

Image: AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld.

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: 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. 

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. 

Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac, 2017 | Participant | Deans' Roundtable, Center for Architecture, November 4, 2017, NYC

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79,  Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "PowerGrid NYC 100," INTERIOR DESIGN, October 10, 2017 | Article | "Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design London Centre for Music," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, October 10, 2017

Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Article | " National Holocaust Monument / Studio Libeskind," ARCHDAILY, October 10, 2017

Alexander Gorlin, AR '78 | Article | "PowerGrid NYC 100," INTERIOR DESIGN, October 10, 2017

Shigeru Ban, AR '84 | Article | "PowerGrid NYC 100," INTERIOR DESIGN, October 10, 2017 | Solo Exhibition | "Shigeru Ban-Works and Humanitarian Activities," Power Station of Art, October 8-November 30, 2017, Shanghai, China

Dean Maltz, AR '84 | Article | "PowerGrid NYC 100," INTERIOR DESIGN, October 10, 2017

Chris Benedict, AR '86 | Presentation | "Practitioners Leading the Community: The New York Experience," 2017 Passive House Massachusetts Symposium, October 25, 2017, Boston, MA

Annisia Cialone, AR '98 | Speaker | The Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment 2017, Spear Street Capital, October 31, 2017, Jersey City, NJ

Tao DuFour, AR '02 | Lecture | The Cooper Union Intra-Disciplinary Seminar, October 31, 2017, NYC

Jackie Mautner, AR '09 | Article | "An interview with bike polo player and aspiring framebuilder Jackie Mautner," BIKE PORTLAND, October 8, 2017


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Examining Time, the 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student. The theme focuses on the ways in which the past, present, and future are considered and engaged in beginning design education. Deadline: October 15, 2017. Learn More...

OPEN CALL FOR CURATOR | The Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) seeks a Chief Curator, theme and concept for its seventh edition to be held in Oslo, Norway, during autumn 2019. Individuals or collectives of any nationality and country of residence are openly invited to send their proposal in English. Deadline: October 18, 2017. Learn More...

DESIGN CONTEST | Waterproof: Palazzo Ca' Tron The aim of the contest is to create a link between the world of design and production, and stimulate innovative solutions that start from the knowledge and from the eventual customization of materials used for the project. This is a redevelopment project that must consider the multiple functions that are attributed to the Palazzo Ca' Tron. Deadline: October 20, 2017. Learn More... 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Omi International Arts Center Architecture Residency Program is conceived to facilitate projects exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape. Deadline: October 20, 2017. Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | arch out loud: Nuclear Landmarker for a Waste Isolation Site asks competitors to design a marker or marker system to deter inadvertent human intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The purpose of the marker is to communicate with future generations that transuranic waste is buried within a repository at the facility. Deadline: October 21, 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...

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... 

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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