Summer Programs in Architecture: Sustainable Urbanism
July 7 - August 1, 2014 | 4-week session, full-time, 4 credits
This four week workshop, lead by Kevin Bone, Director of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, is conceived of as an advanced professional or graduate level experience in urban architecture and urban design competencies built around a curriculum of integrative studies. All research and design focuses on a site-specific problem in New York City allowing the location in which students study to play an integrative role in the curriculum. In addition to work in the studio, on-site fieldwork will be an essential component to each student's final design project proposal.
The program combines an intensive seminar schedule with a design studio foundation leading to a final class proposal and specific design project. Each morning will begin with seminars and lectures providing a critical immersion into a selected discipline related to the core problem. The afternoons will be devoted to studio work and discussion based on the topics covered during the morning session. Fridays will be reserved for fieldwork and Saturdays for independent research and studio time.
The studio will focus on a section of the South Brooklyn Waterfront: Sunset Park between the Greenwood Cemetery and the Gowanus bay including the Bush Terminals. The site is an assemblage of extreme contrasts from areas of large-scale industrial structures to deserted landscapes and remnants of this transitional urban environment. The site includes vibrant and emerging scenes of start-ups, small-scale manufacturing, expanding residential populations, as well as large areas in ecological transition including waterfront brown fields and tidal wetlands. Lastly, the Gowanus expressway, which severs the waterfront zones from the upland area, is a brutal reminder of the Robert Moses era of automobile based city in New York planning. These geophysical, cultural and historical attributes will inform all levels of investigations.
Establishing constructive forms of exchange between analytical research and design, this course will explore and re-imagine different scenarios for the proposed site and diverse design approaches that can lead to its transformation. Aside from addressing the pertinent socio-cultural and urban themes, the studio offers an opportunity to rethink the role and relationship between landscape, infrastructure and architecture. The challenge will be in undertaking this task while critically appropriating environmental and ecological factors as an integral part of the design process. This implies thinking and designing on a diversity of scales, and taking into consideration an approach where different scales reside in one another.
The program will be lead by faculty of the School of Architecture supported by visiting lecturers and guest critics. Students will be exposed to a diverse group of educators including: architects, landscape architects, environmental planners, engineers, economists, systems thinkers, civic leaders, and scientists in a range of natural science disciplines.
Classes and studios will take place in the historic Foundation Building of The Cooper Union in the heart of New York City. All students will have studio space in which the production, discussion, presentation, and review of the work will take place. All students will have access to the digital studio, which includes all necessary software and hardware, both PC and Mac, output facilities including Laser printers and Plotters, 3d Printer and Lasercutter, and the full shop of The Cooper Union for wood and metal working.
Students from all academic fields and professions are welcome and encouraged to apply. Prospective students should demonstrate an understanding of general sustainability issues as it relates to architecture and design.
Prospective students must have completed 90 college credits or the third year of a design program by the start of the program. They need not be currently enrolled in an academic institution.
Applicants are required to fill out an application form including a statement, no more than 500 words, expressing her/his interest in the program, four images of current work, and one letter of reference. Admission is on a rolling basis; successful applicants will be accepted based on previous academic work and the written statement, as space allows. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Applicants may access the online application here.
|Cost and Fees|
Program Cost: $4,000: Includes access to computer labs, plotters and printers, fabrication shop, and studios. Students will be responsible for purchasing supplies and printing fees as applicable.
Application Fee: $40*
Successful applicants will be responsible for paying the program cost in full upon acceptance.*
Housing is not available during the summer sessions through The Cooper Union. Applicants will be responsible for securing other housing options. Please visit here for potential housing options.