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Lecture by Michael Maltzan / Michael Maltzan Architecture

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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New Carver Apartments. Photo credit: Iwan Baan Inner-City Arts. Photo credit: Iwan Baan Playa Vista Park. Photo credit: Michael Maltzan Architecture
New Carver Apartments. Photo credit: Iwan Baan

CURRENT WORK: Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture

“No More Play”

Moderated by Vishaan Chakrabarti

Michael Maltzan, principal of Los Angeles-based Michael Maltzan Architecture, will present his firm’s work.  Since founding his firm in 1995, Maltzan has created a practice committed to “creating architecture that is a catalyst for new experiences and an agent for change in our cities.”

Recent projects include Inner-City Arts – Phase 3, New Carver Apartments, Rainbow Apartments, and Playa Vista Park, all in Los Angeles. The firm’s current work includes the Star Apartments and One Santa Fe in Los Angeles; Ju Gong Bridge and Waterfront Park, and Zhe Zhi Bridge both in Chengdu, China; and the recent competition winning entry for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center at San Francisco State University.

Maltzan’s complex for the Inner-City Arts campus located in the heart of the Los Angeles Skid Row serves at-risk youth from area public schools, providing a range of art facilities and services.  The project was featured in the 2010 MoMA  exhibition “Small Scale: Big Change.”  Maltzan’s New Carver Apartments, which provides permanent supportive housing units for formerly homeless residents was awarded the 2011 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design.  Additionally, his work has garnered numerous Progressive Architecture awards, citations from the American Institute of Architects, and the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence.

Co-sponsored by the Architecture League of New York

Admission is free for League members and The Cooper Union students/faculty/staff, and $15 for non-members.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, 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.