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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Summer Program: Year Four 

The School of Architecture has just finished its fourth year of Introduction to Architecture Summer courses for College and High School students. The specific pedagogical approach to the education of architects at The Cooper Union has been a major point of interest to this year's program participants. The 2016 summer class of 39 students joins us primarily from the greater New York City area and other major urban centers in California, Michigan, Florida, and New England as well as Canada, China and Indonesia.

For four weeks, the students worked in the design studios lead by the school of architecture summer program faculty comprised of Assistant Professor Dorit Aviv, Instructor Teddy Kofman and visiting Assistant Professor Kyle Hovenkotter assisted by School of Architecture student Hui Rong Liu. Descriptive geometry classes were taught by Assistant Professor James Lowder and supported by digital workshops led by School of Architecture students Katherine Sullivan, Sam Coopman and Parker Limon. Freehand drawing classes were taught by Emmy Mikelson and Mauricio Higuera.  

Learn more about our summer programs here


FURNITURE DESIGN COMMISSION | 14+ Foundation is a USA-based charitable organization that was formed to develop and build schools and orphanages for African children in rural communities.  Our first project is the Chipakata Children's Academy in Zambia, Africa. We seeks international designers and architects to submit proposals for furniture designs to be used at its Chipakata Children's Academy in Lusaka, Zambia. An esteemed jury will select one design to be fabricated and installed at the school. This commission asks a designer to conceive of a design that responds to the needs of Chipakata's community, cultural practices, climate and landscape. The design approach can take any shape, for example: a modular unit with unlimited assembly capabilities; Autoprogettazione-styled plans that utilize local resources for construction; custom machines which recycle waste materials into furniture. Deadline: August 15, 2016. Learn More... 

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE | Challenges of Marginal Habitat in the Contemporary Southern Globe: Resilient Communities. The National Government of Ecuador, through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Architect Association, Pichincha Province, invites the international academic community with the purpose to obtain innovative proposals of intervention on human settlements that present common problems for various regions of the world. The competition consists of three different themes prompted to tackle three real problems of the Ecuadorian popular habitat, which are: human settlement in mangrove ecosystems in the Gulf of Guayaquil, settlements located in areas of vulnerability and risk in the vicinity of the Tungurahua Volcano and housing solutions in marginal urban settlements in Guayaquil's Estero Salado. Deadline: Registration by August 5, 2016. Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency: Shore to Core is a design competition and a research competition that uses West Palm Beach as a model to reimagine our waterfront cities and better understand individuals' relationships to the built environment.   The design competition seeks two multidisciplinary design teams to envision the future of waterfront cities. The winning design team will work with West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency to develop the first phase of their proposal in West Palm Beach.  The research competition seeks a research team to identify ways that the urban environment affects our minds and bodies. The winning research proposal will be developed into a pilot research study in West Palm Beach. Deadline: August 21, 2016.  Learn More... 


PUBLIC ARTIST SELECTION | NYCxDESIGN: New Stapleton Waterfront  Join the New York City Economic Development Corporation as they kick-off the public art design process, by which four artists will present their proposals for art projects on the New Stapleton Waterfront on Staten Island. This is an opportunity to learn more about the process, the artists, and to share your input with the Selection Committee who will select the winning artist to help design the New Stapleton Waterfront. The event will take place at 5050 Skate Park, 354 Front Street, Staten Island, New York 10304 on Monday, August 15 at 6PM.  The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here

CALL FOR PAPERS | VIRAL: Information Technology as Prophet, Panacea, or Pariah? VIRAL--the inaugural call for papers for TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN (TAD)--is timely in asking whether architecture is once again on the threshold of significant changes in the material, technical and procedural context of design. In the twenty-first century, it is information technologies which are transforming how buildings are designed, constructed, delivered, occupied and assessed. From crowdsourcing to collective wisdom, technology is redefining our human relation to the environment, and to each other. Yet, to what extent are architects, and those who educate them, actively involved in articulating a path for such technologies within their work-be it in their research, scholarship, or design work? Alternatively, to what extent are architectural educators cautious, resistant, or critical of this highly speculative engagement with barely recognizable or material forms of technology?  
TAD seeks contributions from scholars, educators, designers, and architects who research, test and create using these emerging technologies and who seek to articulate and theorize the impact which they will have on the built environment. Deadline: September 1, 2016. Learn More...

GRANT TO INDIVIDUALS | The Graham Foundation  Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment. We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Open discourse is essential to advance study and understanding, therefore our grantmaking focuses on the public dissemination of ideas. With our support, the work of individuals and organizations reaches new audiences, from specialized to general, and creates opportunities for critical dialogue between various publics. Deadline: September 15, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR PAPERS | Between Data and the Senses; Architecture, Neuroscience and the Digital Worlds is a conference which will take place in London in March 2017 and is organized by the University of East London with the support of Museum of Architecture and ARUP. The conference will examine how digital and physical works overlap and what methods, approaches and findings architects can borrow from sciences. The cross-over between the digital and the physical is being increasingly addressed in design disciplines, architecture, arts and urban studies. These practices attempt to break-down the dichotomy between data and the sensuous. They translate elusive, ephemeral and intangible aspects of a place into solid data and vice-versa. The conference will be organized around the following key-themes: Architecture and Neuroscience/Neurophysiology, Digital and Physical and Cross-disciplinary networks. Posters and short papers of work in progress are also most welcome. Deadline: Abstracts due by September 15, 2016. Learn More...

CALL FOR PAPERS |The ACSA  invites paper submissions for its 105th annual meeting, under 18 thematic session topics plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper may not be submitted to multiple topics. Some themes are: Design for Performance: Bridging the Gap Between the Poetics and the Pragmatics, Nomadic Cities or Life on the Run, Enslaving the Masters: The Pedagogical Challenges of Parametric Design and Fabrication in Architecture, Health + Design, Money Talks: The Impact of Macro Investors in the Shape of Cities, The Stadium: Architecture, Urban Regeneration, and Politics, The Fertility of Urban Ruins: Obsolete Industrial Cities as Ecosystem Holders, and more. Deadline: September 21, 2016. Learn More... 

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS | The Design & Health Research Consortium is a joint program of Architects Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and ACSA.  As we enter our third year, ACSA and AIA seek to invite 6-8 established, multi-disciplinary university-led teams working to understand design's role in realizing health-promoting, equitable spaces. Invited teams will join an existing network of 17 universities. Deadline: September 30, 2016. Learn More...

APPLICATIONS OPEN | Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant The Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant with the purpose to further the 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. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return. Proposals should be judged on need, focus and benefit. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Learn More...

DESIGN COMPETITION | The Schindler Global Award: Urban Design for Coexistence is a student urban design competition. It is focused on mobility, understood as a key driver of desirable change in urban areas around the world. The SGA is a chance for young designers to match their skills and imaginations against the challenge of shaping the cities of today and tomorrow. Students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design are invited to come up with holistic design proposals in response to a specific brief. The biannual competition will next take place in 2016-2017, with a site in São Paulo, Brazil. Deadlines: Applications by December 16, 2016 and Projects by December 30, 2016. Learn More...

Elizabeth O'Donnell, (AR '83/Arch fac & Assoc Dean) | Juror | 2015-2016  ACSA/AISC Steel Student Design Competition: Open Category

Thomas Phifer, (Arch fac) | Honorable Mention | 2016 Vanceva® World of Color Awards™ INTERIOR Division Winners, July 21, 2016

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Elizabeth Diller, AR '79, Ricardo Scofidio, AR '55/Arch fac emeritus) | Article | "Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils their new University of Chicago project." THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER,  July 22, 2016  | Article |"Inside Columbia University's Cascading New Medical Building," CURBED.COM , July 27, 2016

Ohlhausen DuBois Architects (Rolf Ohlhausen, AR '58) | Article | "Brick Industry Association Announces 2016 Brick In Architecture Award Winners," ARCHITECT MAGAZINE, July 29, 2016

Michael Kwartler, (AR '65) | Essay | ZONING @ 100: Meditations on the 100th Anniversary of New York City's Zoning Resolution

Daniel Libeskind, (AR '70) | Group Exhibition | "City of Ideas: Architects' Voices and Visions," University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, July 28-September 16, 2016,  Darlington, Australia

Peggy Deamer, (AR '77) | Article | "Resistance to Overtime Pay a 'Cancer in the Profession'," ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, July 29, 2016

Alexander Gorlin, (AR '78) | Article | "A colourful beginning in the Bronx," WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS, July 21, 2016
| Article | "South Bronx Supportive Housing Development Opens Its Doors to Residents," CURBED.COM , July 19, 2016

Elizabeth Diller, (AR '79) | Article | "Liz Diller's hilarious tribute to Phyllis Lambert and the Four Seasons," THE ARCHITECTS' NEWSPAPER, July 26, 2016

Kay Kollar, (AR '82) | Article | "When Good Design Goes Bad, Call Kay Kollar," Introspective Magazine (1stdibs), August 1, 2016

David Heymann, (AR '85) | Article | "Trouble with Terminators," PLACES, June 2016. 

John Soraci, (AR '86) | Article | "People on the Move," NEW YORK BUSINESS JOURNAL,  July 26, 2016

Gina Pollara, (AR '91) | Essay | ZONING @ 100: Meditations on the 100th Anniversary of New York City's Zoning Resolution

Vladimir Belogolovsky, (AR '96) | Exhibition Curator | "City of Ideas: Architects' Voices and Visions," University of Sydney Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, July 28-September 16, 2016, Darlington, Australia

Koukaba Mojadidi, (AR '01) | Article | "How War and Greed Decimated Vernacular Architecture in Afghanistan," CoLab RADIO, July 16, 2016. 

Snarkitecture (Alex Mustonen, AR '05, Daniel Arsham, A '03) | Article | "Snarkitecture's 'Beach' Goes on Tour. First Stop: Tampa, Fla.," ARCHITECT MAGAZINE, July 22, 2016

Atelier Alter (Yingfan Zhang, AR '06) | Award | 2016 Design Award of Merit presented by Society of American Registered Architect: New York Council in Recognition of Professional Design Excellence, SARA, June 28, 2016. 

Yingfan Zhang, (AR '06) | Article | Yinglian Stone Archive,, June17, 2016

Lydia Xynogala (AR '09) | Award | 2016 Artists' Fellowship in Architecture / Environmental Structures / Design, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY. 


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