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Erieta Attali: Windows into the Empty Streets of Paris

POSTED ON: March 23, 2020

Erieta Attali, 2020

Erieta Attali, 2020

School of Architecture faculty member and photographer Erieta Attali has found a new way to read the city of Paris, almost entirely without its residents. Using the camera on her phone, Attali has captured the architecture of this great city through daytime and nighttime documentation, producing images that are both hauntingly beautiful and emblematic of the current global COVID-19 pandemic. This body of work illustrates how we can continue to harness our creative talents and carry on with our work at a time of great uncertainty. To view Attali’s photographs, visit ArchDaily’s coverage of her work here.


A Letter to Vittorio Gregotti – Paul Seletsky, AR’82

POSTED ON: March 17, 2020

Credit: Via Facebook 

Credit: Via Facebook 

Dear Vittorio,

It's a sad day for the world of architecture hearing of your passing today, at 92, from the Corona Virus.

Now the discovery begins for those who don't know you, of your incredible mind and blazing energy theorizing, writing, lecturing and teaching about architecture's, and the architect's fundamental role to provoke and advance modern society. In Italy, you, Tafuri, Battista, Rossi and Aymonino, were its unequivocal leaders and believers, unstoppable in your devotion to The Cause. "La lotta continua."

You lived and breathed Architecture: shuttling from your practice to your professorship, traveling from Milan to Barcelona after winning the 1983 competition for the redesign of the 1992 Olympics stadium.

What a privilege to have worked in your studio from 1982 thru 1984, a "straniero" and recent graduate of Cooper Union. The memories of working in the converted horse stable, attempting to speak Italian with my new colleagues, and the endless nights inking floor plans of the stadium seating  - "old school" style - laying down lines on huge mylar sheets with a 4-foot beam compass - with absolutely no room for error!

The greatest memories, however, will be of the extended lunch invitations to dine, respectively, with Reyner Banham, Cesar Pelli, and John Hejduk, at your ancient Roman villa in the center of Milan. You were the editor of Casabella magazine at the time, needing my help to converse with them in English - an opportunity that could have only come down from a Higher Power. Or had the whole thing been dreamt? Not to be forgotten was the time translating to Kevin Roche his introduction at one of your many lecture series.

I will miss you, Vittorio. You were a guide, a mentor, at times a father figure. Kahn said Architecture is light materialized. You were one of its illuminators.


Paul Seletsky AIA

CU Architecture Graduates Exhibit Instant Lounge at the 2019 Shenzhen Biennale

POSTED ON: January 21, 2020

Gabriel Munnich, Yaoyi Fan, Pablo Toubes-Rieger, and Leslie Dougrou, a group of four 2018 graduates of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, have come together to form UEO Design, a collective of inventors, designers, artists, and architects located in both New York City and Zhuhai, China. UEO—Urbi et Orbi (To the City, To the World)—builds apps, machines, installations, and architecture. For the 2019 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, the group challenged itself to design environmentally-conscious, instant furniture for public spaces that can be configured for the immediate needs of a space at any time of day. Using a cable machine and thick, soft rope, UEO devised a system that generates numerous furniture configurations, each of which can be retracted and replaced when another configuration is desired. This highly original design offers flexible use through minimal means and modest materials.

Project Description:
In an urban context, the flux of people constantly redefines public space throughout the day. How can digital fabrication address this impermanence? What if public space could identify the sitting and lounging needs of pedestrians throughout the day to provide instant furniture? A train station platform or an airport terminal, for example, can be empty during rush hours to allow for free-flowing human traffic. However, it should be filled with seating during delays, provide adequate furnishings for conversations and meals in the evening, and lounging beds for overnight connections. The Instant Lounge can formally engage these daily scenarios without waste.


Instant Lounge is a cable machine that is anchored into a ceiling at four nodes, allowing it to scale as needed. The machine lays a thick rope into numerous seating, playing, and sleeping configurations that respond to demand. Once a seating configuration is no longer needed, the machine collects the rope and composes a new configuration. Similar to a 3D printer, Instant Lounge builds by layering material, but unlike a 3D printer, the machine continually reuses the same material. The rope is made from a continuous cotton tube filled with maybush pits that can decompose and merge with the natural environment after being discarded. The life cycle of the rope is approximately three years.


Digital fabrication is conventionally used either as a desktop feature that facilitates rapid prototyping, or in much larger settings, such as workshops and factories, to construct permanent parts of buildings, cars, machinery, etc. Instant Lounge reconciles these otherwise separate uses and scales. Deployed in public space to make temporary furniture configurations, the machine responds to the ever-changing conditions created by dynamic dwelling, making evolving spatial concepts instantly inhabitable.

Instant Lounge
New York, NY
Team: Gabriel Munnich, Yaoyi Fan, Pablo Toubes-Rieger, Leslie Dougrou
Site:  China, Shenzhen Futian High Speed Railway Station



Pedro & Juana Design Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program 2019

POSTED ON: March 12, 2019

Recent Cooper Union professors Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss have been been selected by MoMA PS1 in the Young Architects program, for their proposal for “Hórama Rama” for the summer 2019 PS1 courtyard. The structure consists of a large-scale cyclorama, approximately forty feet tall and ninety feet wide that will have jungle images printed on it, effectively creating an “urban jungle” environment that will also provide visitors with shade, water and respite in the form of handcrafted hammocks from southern Mexico and a custom installed waterfall.

“Finding inspiration in historical panoramas, Pedro & Juana have designed a structure that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in a fantastical wilderness, a visual refuge from the city,” said MoMA PS1 Chief Curator Peter Eleey in a statement. “By juxtaposing two landscapes in transition—the jungle and the Long Island City skyline—they draw attention to the evolving conditions of our environment, both globally and locally, at a crucial moment.”


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