Gallery Round Table: Architecture Between Environmental Change and Planning Resilience

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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A conversation with Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Assistant Professor Lorena del Rio, Michael Marrella, Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning, NYC Department of City Planning; architect Jonathan Marvel, co-founder of Resilient Power Puerto Rico; Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, co-author of Structures of Coastal Resilience; and Assistant Professor Mersiha Veledar. Moderated by Professor Diana Agrest.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Productive Hybrids: Design III Urban Housing in San Juan, currently on view from April 10-27, 2018. This exhibition highlights a work in progress – the Spring 2018 Third Year Design Studio – as the class develops new proposals for post-disaster hybrid housing typologies in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Reception to Follow

Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery

The Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor
New York City

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday 2-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm


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.