Studio Fuksas: Love Will Save the World

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30pm

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Image courtesy of Moreno Maggi

Image courtesy of Moreno Maggi

The context is not only what we have in front of us, which is related to the past, but it is also thinking of the cities of the future. Being contemporary means working in an area considering how it will be in, at least, the next twenty years.

These are the main issues of our days: the mutability of contemporary architecture and sustainability. Human beings no longer live in the countryside, but mostly in urban areas. Urban planning should be based on the study of the present, reflecting the past and carefully thinking of the consequences that our actions will have in the future.

The architect has a huge responsibility toward civil society, toward human being and environment. Architecture must propose environmentally friendly solutions by making use of the most advanced technology to have the least possible effect on the planet, creating buildings with the lowest possible energy consumption and the best possible indoor climate. But besides this we need to remember that architecture must give emotions to the people.

When we build, we think about the following principles: recreating parts of nature, incorporating water and maximizing energy storage. We firmly believe that we can improve the sustainability of our cities with acts, design and planning that integrate environmental, politic, social, intellectual and economic aspects. The aim is to create a built geography that combines landscape, economy and humanity.

Our latest projects are conceived, from initial stages, with systems that intend to reach the highest energetic efficiency levels by using geothermal science and cogeneration.

There’s no future without innovations.

Studio Fuksas, led by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, is one of the most distinguished international architectural firm in the world. Over the past 50 years the company has developed an innovative approach through a strikingly wide variety of projects, ranging from urban interventions to airports, from museums to cultural centers and spaces for music, from convention centers to offices, from interiors to design collections. With headquarters in Rome, Paris, Dubai, New York and Shenzhen, the practice has completed more than 600 projects and has worked in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia, receiving numerous international awards.

The event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission.

This lecture is sponsored by The Steel Institute of New York with support from The Cooper Union, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

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  • 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.