Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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 approved.  

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.

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." 


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...

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...

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 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...

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... 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | Eleven Magazine: Planetarium, The Experience of Space asks if architecture itself could become - once again - the tool for experiencing and understanding space. We invite you to imagine a new typology of Planetarium. Deadline: August 11, 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...

Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac (principal, NADAAA) | Lecture | Shoemaker Lecture, Rhode Island School of Design, March 24, 2017, Providence, RI | Article | "Behind the Exhibit: Surprising Architecture Arrives in Cooper  Square," DU JOUR, no date | Article | "Gluckman-Tang, LTL, and NADAAA selected as finalists for arts center  in Telluride, Colorado," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 11, 2017 | Article | "Cooper Union exhibition reveals the life and work of architect John Hejduk," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 13, 2017

John Hejduk, AR '50/Arch dean & fac emeritus (deceased) | Article | "Behind the Exhibit: Surprising Architecture Arrives in Cooper Square," DU JOUR, no date | Article | "What If: The Unbuilt Legacy," ARCHITECT magazine, March 16, 2017 | Article | "Cooper Union exhibition reveals the life and work of architect John Hejduk," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 13, 2017

Steven Hillyer, AR '90/Arch staff | Article | "Cooper Union exhibition reveals the life and work of architect John Hejduk," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, April 13, 2017

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR  '55/Arch fac) | Article | "International Architects Make Their Mark on Milan's 2017 Furniture Fair," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 10, 2017

Alexander Gorlin, AR '78 | Article | "Boston Road Supportive Housing," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 1, 2017

Elizabeth Diller, AR '79 | Co-curator | Diller + Di Carlo 20 January, in 8.44/out 8.16, Princeton University School of Architecture, April 10-May 8, 2017, Princeton, NJ

T.J. Gottesdiener, AR '79 | Article | "BBVA Bancomer Operations Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 1, 2017

Stan Allen, AR '81 | Lecture | Body of Work, NYIT, April 12, 2017, NYC

Maurice Cox, AR '85 | Article | "Detroit: The Remix," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, April 1, 2017

Timmy Aziz, AR '90 | Article | "A Blend of Nostalgia and Architecture," The Daily Star, April 12, 2017

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, AR '94 | Speaker | Adventures In Urbanism: Celebrating Alternative Design, Scholarship and Resistance with UR Books, Anne & Bernard Spitzer School of Architecture, City College, April 24, 2017, NYC

Sean Khorsandi, AR '04 | Speaker | Fundamentals of Fair Housing, sponsored by Landmarks West!, April 24, 2017, NYC


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