Symposium: Nuance and Intimacy in Civic Space 

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 10am - 3pm

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Star Stories. Sotirios Kotoulas. 


Parasituation [Edinburgh] Waverley Gardens. Dorian Wiszniewski, Kevin Adams, Neil Cunning, Chris French, Maria Mitsoula, Paul Pattinson, and Leo Xian.

This event will be conducted in-person in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery and through Zoom. Zoom account registration is required, please register in advance here

In conjunction with the exhibition Conceiving the Plan: Nuance and Intimacy in the Construction of Civic Space, In Honor of Diane Lewis (1951 –2017), the School of Architecture will host a daylong symposium, Nuance and Intimacy in Civic Space, in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 3 pm. This four-part program will include project presentations by individuals who contributed to the exhibition and discussions addressing critical questions in the conception of civic space.
In a series of post-2020 civic architecture projects for different sites, Conceiving the Plan inaugurates a dialogue with the legacy of the late architect and longtime Cooper Union Professor Diane Lewis AR’76. It asks the following questions: How can civic spaces be imbued with nuance? In what ways does such a quality persist in the city? Can one discuss intimacy in architectural terms? In her built and unbuilt works, teaching, and writing, Diane Lewis upheld the capacity of architecture to profoundly and intimately embody our collective life. For Lewis, the city was not only the result of a great number of inextricable historical strata of form and memory, it was also a proposition about a moral and ethical life together. She approached the city as a mental universe all its own, greater than the sum of its individual architectures. Her unique presence—her unmistakable voice—is among the most characteristic distillations of the architectural “message” of The Cooper Union from the 1970s to the mid-2010s.
Introductory Remarks – 10 am
     Welcome: Yael Hameiri Sainsaux AR’10
     Host: Elena Fanna AR’03
     A Brief Introduction to the Pedagogy of Diane Lewis: Peter Lynch AR’84
Panel One – 10:20-11:20 am
Conceiving the Plan: The Ethical Question 

Moderator: Guido Zuliani
      Laila Seewang AR’05, Uri Wegman AR’08, The Siskiyou Trail: A Right to Return, Portland
      Sotirios Kotoulas AR’03, Star Stories, Winnipeg, Treaty 1 
      Catherine Ann Somerville Venart, Trading, Tracing, and Telling: The Alchemies of Exchange,
      Dorian Wiszniewski, Parasituation [Edinburgh] – Waverley Gardens
Panel Two – 11:30 am-12:30 pm
The City and the House: What is Civic?

Moderator: Nader Tehrani
      Dieter Dietz and Aurélie Dupuis, Landscape as a Support, Geneva 
      Mersiha Veledar AR’03, Healing Object: Unmasking Novel Domestic Urbanism, New York
      Preston Scott Cohen, The City in the House 
      Pippo Ciorra, Will We Live Together? Redeeming the Hotel House Ghetto Tower into the Ideal
      Vertical Village
, Porto Recanti
Lunch Break
Panel Three – 1:30-2:30 pm
Nuance and Intimacy 

​​​​​​​Moderator: Elisabetta Terragni
      Holger Kleine AR’90, TS 1: A Talking Station for Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin 
      David Turnbull, Angel Alley, London 
      Georg Windeck, Time Clouds: Playground and Archeology Garden, Athens 
      Peter Lynch AR’84, Anna Asplind, and Martin Heidesjö, Timescape Garden, Syltenberget,
Panel Four – 2:35-3:00 pm

​​​​​​​Moderator: Elena Fanna

      Anna Kostreva AR’09, Notes from Rome (1977)

This event is free and open to the public. 

Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, 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.