Building Technology Class Site Visit to "The Shed"

February 23, 2017

The tour was organized as part of the Building Technology Class that I teach, but was also related to the third year studio.  The tour was led by Robert Katchur, an associate principal at Diller Scofidio Renfro.  (I don't have to tell you that Diller and Scofidio are both alumni and former faculty.) the students were accompanied also by  studio Faculty members Nima Jamidi & Ben Aranda, and by Associate Dean Elizabeth O'Donnell '83 AR. 

Currently under construction on the far west side of Manhattan where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot, six-level structure designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group. The radically flexible design of the performative structure can physically and operationally accommodate the broadest range of performance, visual art, music, and multi-disciplinary work. Purpose-built to complement The Shed’s programmatic vision, the building is designed to operate in various configurations and to offer multiple events simultaneously.

Architecture Students Present Work in 2017 Menschel Fellowship Exhibition

January 25, 2017

Fish Market

Work from Cooper Union Architecture students will be presented at the annual Menschel Fellowship Exhibition, which opens January 31st in the 5th and 6th floor lobbies of the Foundation Building. Five students from the School of Architecture will be exhibiting work: Jenny Hsiao and Hui Rong Liu, will present their project, A Bowl of Ocean Soup. Students Yu Kiu Chan, Kelsey Lee, and Piao Liu will present their project, Tracing the Forgotten: Tibetan Vernacular Architecture. The Menschel Fellowship is a program designed to provide 4th year students the opportunity to travel and research specific areas of personal interest.

NEA and NEH Threatened by Trump Administration

January 20, 2017

The proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities has sent shockwaves through creative communities throughout the nation. Although the NEA, the NEH, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting occupy less than 1% of the overall annual budget, the organizations have come under threat of extinction. The Hill reports that in addition to the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the NEA and NEH would be completely eliminated with the proposed Trump Administration plan. Petitions are currently being circulated to stop these cuts from taking place. Concerned individuals are also encouraged to call their Congressional senators and representatives.

Cooper Union Graduate and Wife Detained in Iran

December 14, 2016

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Niasari.

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Niasari.

Karan Vafadari, (Cooper Engineering Alum ‘87), has been detained by Iranian authorities, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. He and his wife, Afarin Niasari, were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, and have been held without access to counsel or formal charges since late July in connection with an art gallery they had been directing in Tehran. After months of silence, Afarin’s sister, Kateh has written a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khameni which calls for the couple’s immediate release and asserts that they have been subjected to "extortion, property seizure and national security threats" since their arrest earlier this year.     

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