Tuesday, November 7 , 2017
New York City Beaches
Coney Island & Rockaway at the Turn of the 20th Century

In conjunction with the exhibition  New York City Beaches , located in the School of Architecture's 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery, Archive Collections Manager and Grants Liaison Chris Dierks, the exhibition curator, will speak about his research on the development of the waterfronts of Coney Island and Rockaway at the turn of the 20th century.

The postcards on display document the astonishing transformation of the City's southern coastline during the last decades of the 19th century. At Coney Island, an influx of private capital, transportation infrastructure and unfettered commercial development rapidly converted the Island's pastoral landscape, still sparsely inhabited after the Civil War, to "a laboratory of the new mass culture where the raw embryonic elements of physical sensation and mechanical invention were tested." (Immerso, Michael. Coney Island: The People's Playground). 

Exhibition Dates:  Friday, October 27 - Friday, November 10, 2017

This event is free and open to the public.
Current Work: Deborah Berke, Deborah Berke Partners

New York-based Deborah Berke Partners (DBP) is a 60-person architecture practice that "emphasizes the transformative character of architecture through the re-imagination of old buildings and the creation of inventive new ones." The firm's residential, commercial, educational, cultural, and civic projects reflect an approach that "is human centered in all scales, from the broad vision of masterplans to the focused details of interiors (and everything in between)."

Moderated by Nader Tehrani. 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.
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.
Diana Agrest: The Making of an Avant-Garde
The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984

A film written, produced and directed by Diana Agrest.  

"The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984" documents the founding and influence of the Institute as told through interviews with some of the most renowned architects of today.  Contextualized by the director's own archival footage as well as a rich and abundant portrayal of the period, the Institute's leaders and most active participants (many of whom who were hardly known then) tell compelling stories about the creation and existence of The Institute as well as personal experiences that were never made public before. 

Featuring: Peter Eisenman, founder and director, Diana Agrest, Mario Gandelsonas, Kenneth Frampton, Anthony Vidler, Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Emilio Ambasz, Deborah Berke, Suzanne Stephens, Robert Stern, Mark Wigley, Bernard Tschumi, Joan Ockman, Paul Lewis, Lucia Allais and others.

The film premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in June 2013.

Screening and Panel | The Rose Auditorium of 41 Cooper Square, NYC
Introduced and moderated by Nader Tehrani
Thursday November 16 at 6:30PM 

Panel Discussion
With Diana Agrest, John McMorrough and Timothy Hyde
Accompanying Exhibition | 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery, Foundation Building, 7 E 7th Street, NYC

Opening Reception following screening
Refreshments and Drinks will be served
Thursday November 16 at 8:30PM

This event is free and open the public. Please 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 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. 
The William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship
The William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship program was established in 2008 by John and Harriet Mack at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in memory of their son William Cooper Mack, class of 2006. Fellowships are awarded each year to support primary research and inquiry in the development of significant and original thesis projects. Students have conducted site surveys, oral histories, research at local archives, photographic documentation, studies of indigenous building practices and interviews of community leaders in numerous countries as integral components toward the making of architecture.

We invite you to   support  the efforts of our thesis students to broaden the reach and impact of architecture through a contribution to this important program.  Learn More...

Image: Aelitta Gore. 
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture | Feature | "TOP SCHOOLS: 40+ Best Schools in Architecture and Design," AZURE MAGAZINE, 31 October 2017

Nader Tehrani, Arch dean/fac | Juror | 2017-2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

David Gersten, AR '91/Arch fac | Article | "UNICEF'S "Innovation for Children in the Urban World" hackathon at Astana EXPO-2017: Fostering Urban Tech Solutions For Urban Challenges,"  UNICEF STORIES, September 15, 2017 | Article | "Fostering Urban Tech Solutions For Urban Challenges - Stories of UNICEF Innovation," GOOD NONPROFIT, September 15, 2017

Sue Ferguson Gussow, Arch fac | Article | "Art Notes: New York," LUXE, Spring 2017

Aranda/Lasch (Benjamin Aranda, Arch fac) | Article | "Aranda/Lasch + Marcelo Coelho win 2018 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition," The Architect's Newspaper, November 6, 2017 | Article | "Aranda/Lasch + Marcelo Coehlo's 12-foot-diameter 'Window to the Heart' wins 2018 Times Square Valentine competition," Archinect, November 6, 2017 | Article | "World's Largest Lens Coming to Times Square NYC," FAD Magazine, November 7, 2017 | Article | "Aranda/Lasch + Marcelo Coehlo's 12-foot-diameter 'Window to the Heart' wins 2018 Times Square Valentine competition," Bustler, November 6, 2017
Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "The 2017 Innovator Awards," WSJ MAGAZINE, October 31, 2017

Toshiko Mori, AR '76 | Juror | 2017-2018 AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion

Peggy Deamer, AR '77 | Speaker | Environment, Reconsidered, Yale University School of Architecture, November 9-11, 2017, New Haven, CT

Elizabeth Diller, AR '79 | Conversation | Making Room for Action, Performa 17 Biennial Hub, November 11, 2017, NYC

Bruce G. Nelligan, AR '80 | Presenter | "Resilient Affordable Housing for a Changing Climate," Greenbuild ABX 2017, November 9 at 3PM, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 205B, Boston, Massachusetts 

Alexis Rivas, AR '16 | Article | "First look: A prefab home designed by computer algorithms,"  CURBED.COM , October 12, 2017 | Article | "Cover designs backyard studio in LA using computer algorithms." DEZEEN, October 23, 2017

Jemuel Joseph, AR '16 | Article | "Cover designs backyard studio in LA using computer algorithms." DEZEEN, October 23, 2017

Zhenni Zhu, AR '19 | Article | "Design for the City: 2017 Heritage Ball," eOCULUS, November 1, 2017

FLASH COMPETITION | Van Alen Institute: Emergency Contact: New Ideas for Neighborhood Mental Health Centers This fast-paced, one-day design competition invites multidisciplinary teams to propose designs that can change the way that New Yorkers perceive and directly engage with mental health care in their neighborhoods. Deadline: November 10, 2017. Learn More...  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | The Plan Journal: Open Issue intends to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking and relevant research. The criteria for selecting contributions will be innovation, clarity of purpose and method, and potential transformational impact on disciplinary fields or the broader socio-cultural context. Deadline: January, 15, 2018. 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 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...

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 | Design Communication Conference 2018: Virtual + Actual: Process and Product of Design reflects recent emergence and inclusion of various digital, virtual, and manual tangents in both educational environment and professional practice that influences the way we link between process and product of design. 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...

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... 

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 | 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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