Classes will begin on time and administrative offices will open on time on Monday, March 2. We will continue to monitor the weather and its potential impact on the safety of our faculty, staff and students and will update the community as needed. Please use your best judgment, based on your own circumstances, in deciding whether you can travel safely to campus.

ARCHITECTURE FROM NOTHING: Greta Hansen, Kyung-Jae Kim, Adam Koogler, and Andy Rauchut

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Architecture is a set of indeterminate instructions, interpreted, produced, and realized in various forms, scales, and sites. Its as lightweight as a string of code. The more lightweight, the farther and faster architecture can travel. In order to unencumber our architectural practice, we use instructions and source leftover materials: waste, excess, air. Architectural scavengers, we eat the leftovers of society and the construction industry to create new forms out of nothing.

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.