End of Year Exhibition, 2013-14

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Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the extreme dedication by faculty and students alike to investigate the discipline of architecture, to interrogate its essential principles while expanding its potential field, remained sharply focused, redoubling efforts in both the studio and classroom. From the first year’s investigation of the “architectonics of free speech” and the “foundations of architecture” to the thesis projects that addressed the social impacts of climate change, secrecy, spectacle and surveillance, mobile housing, historic/industrial preservation and many other issues through projects located in New York; El Choco, Columbia; L’Aquila, Italy; India, the arctic and other places around the globe, the work in the studio reflected a deep commitment to a close reading of place and the pressing issues of contemporary life through the making of an architecture both provocative and beautiful, at scales from the most intimate to the most broadly conceived.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, Acting Dean 2013-14

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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.