UNAPOLOGETICALLY FAT: Voluptuous Architecture

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2 - 3:30pm

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Architecture can now become voluptuous -and that does not mean that at  it jettisons the line or embraces the curve. Re-think architecture as a bottom-heavy construct, barely escaping  symmetry, succumbing to gravity and being legibly informed by its forces. Shaped by a counter-aesthetic theory that aspires to re-conceptualise  antiquated notions of ‘kallos’ revolving around metrics and proportions,  and contemporary aesthetics of reduction and hype-rarticulation, Voluptuous Architecture negotiates surface and massing, austerity and lavishness, the complex and the monolithic , the beautiful , the weird  and the grotesque.

Thursday 7 March at 2pm

Room 714

Foundation Building


Open to current students/faculty/staff of The Cooper Union






  • 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.