The Critical Moment: Architecture in the Expanded Field, MArch II Advanced Design Studio – Thesis 2012

September 12 - September 21, 2012

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Prosthetic Aesthetics: Modular Prototypes for the Sensorial Body Parallel Cities Parallel Cities Urban and Natural Scenes of the Sublime Disaster as Opportunity Disaster as Opportunity
Prosthetic Aesthetics: Modular Prototypes for the Sensorial Body

This is a critical moment for the re-thinking of the object of architecture, approaching architectural discourse critically; questioning the very boundaries of Architecture itself.

The innovative and visionary work produced in the Advanced Design Studio, while exploring specific problems, simultaneously addresses the question of the place and relevance of the problem in architectural discourse.

Without prescribed boundaries, the projects address a myriad of critical issues affecting architectural discourse, ranging from urban theory to the present condition of globalization and the continual emergence of new scientific developments and technologies. The exhibition illuminates the graduates’ year-long exhaustive research using text, photography, drawing, technology, science and history to develop innovative programs, all of which feature configurations and narratives that bring forth potential solutions that may not be obvious to the viewer.

Professor of the Advanced Design Studio: Diana Agrest

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12-7pm, Gallery Closed: Sunday and Monday

Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • 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.