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Dorit Aviv Co-Hosts Princeton University's ULTRASTRUCTURES Conference

POSTED ON: September 19, 2015

Photo courtesy, Princeton University and Ultrastructures conference

Photo courtesy, Princeton University and Ultrastructures conference

Faculty partner at The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and assistant professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Dorit Aviv is co-hosting ULTRASTRUCTURES with Forrest Meggers and Axel Kilian at Princeton University on September 19th, 2015. During this conference, she will present her research and prototype of a passive cooling oculus / operable structure, developed in collaboration with Forrest Meggers, with the support of a Tides Foundation grant and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

ULTRASTRUCTURES is a conference and exhibition dedicated to exploring the union of formal design processes at the macro scale and fundamental physical processes at the micro scale. These physical processes lie in the domains of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, water filtration, and material science. The two domains are spanned with the aid of computational tools that enable dynamic analytical inputs linking them to the design process. The conference will include architecture and engineering faculty and researchers from various universities. For a list of speakers and event details:

The conference is free and open to the public.

  • 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.