Archlog

Cast and Place Selected as City of Dreams Pavilion Winner

April 04, 2017

The 2017 winners of Figment’s City of Dreams Pavilion include Cooper Union’s own Powell Draper and Max Dowd (AR ’15) as part of Team Aesop. A competition that focuses on sustainable design, City of Dreams is based on Governors Island and seeks to elevate projects that consider the environmental impact of architectural construction. Inspired by Max Dowd’s 2015 Thesis work at Cooper Union School of Architecture, Team Aesop’s project, titled Cast and Place, rethinks the role of waste as an aesthetic and material inspiration. Created from 300,000 melted discarded aluminum cans sourced from local non-profit Sure We Can, the project uses the same clay that Governors Island was constructed with as a mold to create a lattice-like pavilion for outside leisure activities. The project is slated to open to the public this summer on the island.


Mark West Lecture

March 01, 2017

This past November, the Cooper Architecture community welcomed architect, teacher, and Cooper Arch alum, Mark West, for a Tuesday afternoon lecture. Mark discussed his current and past projects, process and concepts.

Mark West has taught architecture for over thirty years at universities in the US, Canada, and Europe, while working as an artist, inventor, builder, and researcher. He is the inventor of fabric-formed concrete techniques for architecture and engineering structures, and was the Founding Director of C.A.S.T., the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology at the University of Manitoba where he held appointments in both Architecture and Civil Engineering. He currently holds appointments as a Visiting Professor of Architecture at MIT, and Visiting Lecturer in Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Bath University, UK.


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 Javidi & 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.


  • 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.