Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

Online Exhibition | Stanley Prowler: Expo '70

This online exhibition presents photographs by the architect Stanley Prowler of Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. Prowler's remarkable collection of mid-20th century photographs documenting built environments worldwide is held by the Architecture Archive.

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Online Resources

Links to materials for the students, faculty members and staff of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture

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Online Exhibition | New York City Beaches

This exhibition, originally presented as a Third Floor Hallway Gallery show in the fall of 2017, features postcards documenting the astonishing transformation of New York City's southern coastline during the last decades of the 19th century.

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Online Exhibition | An Ideal City

The Architecture Archive is pleased to present a selection of city plans from its collection of over 10,000 4” x 5” lantern slides. The collection, which was donated to the Archive by Cooper Union’s Library in 1987, was formerly used to teach History of Architecture and Town Planning.

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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.