In early 2011, the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture along with J. Henry Fair created the Landscapes of Extraction exhibit. Illustrated primarily with photographs taken by J Henry Fair, the exhibit not only highlighted the altered landscapes caused by extraction, but also detailed the waste, destruction and resources lost to industrial processing and the generation of energy.
CUISD recognizes that energy is the foundation of our society, and that a shift toward a sustainable society must be built upon a clear-eyed assessment and understanding of our energy system. To that end, the Institute has made information on key energy sources available for public scrutiny. We welcome visitors to learn more about the following topics: