Architectures of Transition | Workshop Pt. 2: Remaking a Future with a Future

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Gold Coast

This event will be conducted through Zoom only. 

For Zoom attendance, please register here.  

The workshop will start with an outline of contrapractice as futuring. This will be followed by briefly detailing five contrapractice concepts/methods and their significance in the development of re-futuring architecture and design. They represent areas of research, new learning imperatives, contrapractice as professional development, and new economic opportunities. The five concepts/methods are:

  • Recasting the city as event
  • Designing in time
  • Second-order imagination/higher order reflection
  • Metrofitting and a new material ecology
  • Prefigurative relocation

To ‘ground’ these futuring areas of activity in a local context, visit the NYC Climate Displacement Project before attending the workshop.

This event is open to current Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

  • 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.