Pluriversal, Bewildered, and Otherwise | Elias and Yousef Anastas: AAU ANASTAS

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 12 - 2pm

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Image courtesy of Elias and Yousef Anastas.

This presentation will be conducted through Zoom. Advanced registration is required, please register here

Born into a family of architects, Elias and Yousef Anastas graduated from Paris with Masters in Architecture and both worked there for a while. Elias returned to Bethlehem after winning a competition for a music conservatory while Yousef graduated from Paris with a second Masters in Structural engineering.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion moderated by Stephen Rustow. 

Elias and Yousef founded Local Industries in 2012, a community of bold artisans and designers dedicated to industrial furniture-making, and SCALES in 2016, a research department that is constantly enhanced by linking scales that are usually opposed. Their studio’s work brings together architecture practices, furniture making, research projects and cultural initiatives. 

Their most recent works include All Purpose, an installation for the 17th  Venice Architecture Biennale , Radio alHara – a community based online radio - , the Hebron courthouse project, and Stonematters -  an experimentation-based research onto the possibilities of stone use in contemporary architecture.

They are also about to launch The Wonder Cabinet in Bethlehem, a cultural endeavor to create an art production platform bringing together artisans and artists.

This event is free and accessible to the public through Zoom. 

  • 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.