At Cooper: Fall 2016

Table of Contents: Vol. XLVI, No. 1, Fall 2016


Welcome Letter by Bill Mea, acting president and vice-president of finance and administration


New Perspectives / Fresh Energy

Seven new full-time tenured faculty members shore up the ranks

Designing Solutions

John Clarke AR'66 and Alexander Gorlin AR'78 discuss how they integrated affordable housing into their practice in different ways

Bathroom Confidential

The history of Cooper Union becoming the first higher-educational institution to de-gender its restrooms

Legitimate Mutants

Cooper Alumni at the MIT Media Lab including Kevin Slavin A'95, Kim Holleman A'95 and Devora Najar ChE'16

Cooper Dot Edu

Incoming 2016

Meet nine of the newest members of the Cooper student body and find out how they got here

Cooper to Cooper

The second in a video series focusing on interdisciplinary conversations. See "Toy Talk" on the use of toys as tools in both architecture and and engineering

The Constitution Today

Akhil Reed Amar on his free 10-session course running weekly through November in The Great Hall

M.Arch II 2016

A photo gallery of the 2016 exhibition of work from the M.Arch II program

Inside Swiss Style Now

A talk with the curators of a graphic design exhibition in 41 Cooper Gallery

Class Notes

Joshua Pines EE'78 elevated to Fellow by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

My Summer in Mexico City

A collaboration between the Mexican arts organization SOMA and the School of Art gave seven students a 10-day dive into the local arts scene there

Who Shot Sports

Gail Buckland talks about curating an exhibition of sports photography at the Brooklyn Musuem

Wound: Mending Time and Attention

Conceived and designed by Caroline Woolard A'07, the exhibition and study center are open through November 11

Windows on the Bowery

Cooper students and staff designed 64 posters hung along the thoroughfare, revealing its history

Invention Factory 2016

The fourth annual incubation for student inventions resulted in a tremor-reducing spoon taking top prize


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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.