Encounters That Never Happened

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 12 - 6pm

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Closed Worlds, 2016. Curated by Lydia Kallipoliti. Storefront for Art and Architecture. Photo by Jake Naughton.

Closed Worlds, 2016. Curated by Lydia Kallipoliti. Storefront for Art and Architecture. Photo by Jake Naughton.

On Saturday, February 27th, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and Storefront for Art and Architecture will jointly present a public conference, Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened. Participants will engage in debate and discussion about the history and future of closed systems in architecture and design.

Learn more about the conference here.

Participants Include:
Hans Hollein / Christina Ciardullo
Victor Olgyay / Daniel Barber
John McHale / Anthony Vidler
Walt Disney / Lydia Kallipoliti
Charles and Ray Eames / Andrés Jaque
General Dynamics / Bess Krietemeyer
Neil Armstrong / Peder Anker
NASA / Michelle Addington
Jacques Cousteau / Janette Kim
Buckminster Fuller / Mark Wigley
Howard T. Odum / Anna Dyson
Peter van Dresser / Mitchell Joachim
Reyner Banham / Eva Franch

This conference is presented in conjunction with Storefront's exhibition Closed Worlds.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • 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.