The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1 - 7pm

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Parker Dam on the Colorado River | photo by Charles O’Rea

Parker Dam on the Colorado River | photo by Charles O’Rea

Organized and presented by The Architectural League of New York and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water considers how the energy intensity of providing a clean and adequate water supply can be minimized, and how planning and design, including regional planning, urban design, landscape design, architecture, and engineering, can contribute to that goal.  Los Angeles, the Great Lakes, and New York will provide case studies for the symposium.

Speakers include: Al Appleton, Hadley Arnold, Peter Arnold, Maria Arquero de Alarcón, Ila Berman, Kevin Bone, Rosalie Genevro, Henry L. Henderson, Jen Maigret, Peter Mulvaney, Josh Newell, Stephanie Pincetl, and James Wescoat

The Architectural League launched The Five Thousand Pound Life—an initiative of public events, digital releases, and a major design study—in September 2013 to address the intertwined challenges of reimagining the American way of life to address climate change and to rebuild a robust economic structure that offers viable livelihoods across the income spectrum. The League brings the perspective of the design professions to these issues, as its contribution to what must be a broad collective effort spanning geographies, generations, occupations, disciplines, and ideologies.

 

 

 

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.