Tuesday, October 10 , 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.

Case Work offers an inside view into Allied Works Architecture's unique approach to design, a process driven by a rich material and physical investigation. For Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works, each project begins with the creation of hand drawings and concept models. These highly evocative artifacts-forged of diverse matter such as reclaimed timbers, porcelain, resin, glass, lead and steel-distill the essence of each project, and explore the dialogue among material, technique and intention that lies at the heart of architectural practice.

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 open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff.  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. 

Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 17, 2017   -  6:30pm-8:30pm

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.

Ai Wei Wei in Conversation with Nicholas Baume

Ai Wei Wei's talk at The Cooper Union marks the opening of Public Art Fund's citywide exhibition Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, and will be the focus of his conversation with Public Art Fund Director & Chief Curator, Nicholas Baume. Inspired by the international migration crisis and current global geopolitical landscape, the exhibition will transform the security fence into a powerful social and artistic symbol with interventions across the city. Taking on monumental sculpture, site-specific interventions on top of and in between private buildings, lamppost banners, and bus shelters, this project engages a diverse range of sites in all five boroughs, including a large scale installation on the North facade of The Cooper Union's iconic Foundation Building.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors will be on view October 12, 2017 - February 11, 2018 in various locations across all five boroughs. 

Presented by Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Current Work: Zhan 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. 

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. 


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Examining Time, the 34th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student will be held March 1-3, 2018 at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. The theme of the conference is time and will focus on the ways in which the past, present, and future are considered and engaged in beginning design education. Deadline: October 15, 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 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 SUBMISSIONS | Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity Conference leads to journal articles in Architecture_MPS, a proceeding publication. This conference calls on architects to think and act critically on design at all levels bringing politics, design and art into our thinking on architecture. Deadline: December 5, 2017. 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...  

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...

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 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 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...

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... 

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... 

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...

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 | 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...

Tamar Zinguer, AR '89/Arch fac | Moderator | "Design Methods: Working Across Boundaries;" Presentation | "History of the Sandbox: Between the Intimate and the Vast," 2017 ACSA Fall Conference: CROSSINGS BETWEEN THE PROXIMATE AND REMOTE, October 12-14, 2017, Marfa, Texas, Texas Tech University College of Architecture host school 

Eva Franch i Gilabert, Arch fac | Speaker | Imagining the Future of Urban Villages: Shenzhen vs. New York, Center for Architecture, October 13, 2017, NYC

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Arch fac | Exhibition | Rezoning New York City through Big Data, MAS 2017 Summit: Pushing the Limits, Municipal Art Society (at the Morgan Library,) October 16, 2017, NYC

Igor Bragado, Arch fac | Award | "Design Writing Prize 2017 Winners," DESIGN HISTORY SOCIETY, October 3, 2017

Daniel Libeskind, AR '70 | Article | "A Closer Look at Studio Libeskind's National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa," AZURE MAGAZINE, September 30, 2017

John P. Maruszczak, AR 75 | Presentation | "Dark Architecture," 2017 ACSA Fall Conference: CROSSINGS BETWEEN THE PROXIMATE AND REMOTE, October 12-14, 2017, Marfa, Texas, Texas Tech University College of Architecture host school

Toshiko Mori, AR '76 | Lecture | University of Texas School of Architecture Austin, October 2, 2017, Austin, TX

Kyna Leski, AR '85 | Panelist | Opening Panel Discussion; | Presentation | "The Gathered Field," 2017 ACSA Fall Conference: CROSSINGS BETWEEN THE PROXIMATE AND REMOTE, October 12-14, 2017, Marfa, Texas, Texas Tech University College of Architecture host school

Linda Taalman, AR '97 | Panelist | Opening Panel Discussion, 2017 ACSA Fall Conference: CROSSINGS BETWEEN THE PROXIMATE AND REMOTE, October 12-14, 2017, Marfa, Texas, Texas Tech University College of Architecture host school

OBRA Architects (Jennifer Lee, AR '97) | Exhibition | 1st Biennale Architecture Orléans, Frac Centre, La Collégiale Saint Pierre le Publier, Orléans, France


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