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The Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science and Art

30 Cooper Square

Mission and Vision:

Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, and a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society.

The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students. The institution provides close contact with a distinguished, creative faculty and fosters rigorous, humanistic learning that is enhanced by the process of design and augmented by the urban setting. Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City.

Recent News

Exhibition - Adam Silverman: Eight Tide Jars at Cooper Union

This site-specific installation, located in the 7th floor lobby gallery, highlights Adam Silverman’s unique and personal work, which is influenced by his architectural training and his interest in process. Each of the eight wheel-thrown…

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Exhibition - Master of Architecture II Thesis Exhibition: What Is Contemporary? at Cooper Union

What Is Contemporary? To work through a design thesis is to ask the process of creation, to steer, divert, reflect, and problematize an initial set of questions. A thesis project does not seek to conclusively answer these questions which set it on…

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Exhibition - How To Build A House: Architectural Research In The Digital Age at Cooper Union

A new exhibition showcases the conception and making of the DFAB HOUSE, the world's first fully inhabited building to have been digitally planned and largely built with the help of robots and 3D printers. How to Build a House: Architectural Research…

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Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment Exhibit at Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery

Geostories is a manifesto, developed by the design-research practice Design Earth, on the environmental imagination presented in architectural projects that engage the planetary scale with a commitment to the drawing as medium. This exhibition will…

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Robert Coover Discusses Huck Out West At Cooper Union

At the end of Mark Twain’s masterwork, Huckleberry Finn declares that he plans to “light out for the Territory” to avoid getting “sivilized.” For 130-plus years, readers have been left guessing about his adventures in the West, but now,…

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Pulitzer Centennial Poetry Celebration At Cooper Union

At this once-in-a-lifetime event, 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning poets will share the stage to read from their own prize-winning collections as well as select poems by past winners. Join us in celebration of their achievement, of the Centennial year of…

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Exhibition - Alternativas, Alternatives - XIII Spanish Biennial Of Architecture And Urbanism At Cooper Union

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union and the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism. The thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU) will be exhibited for the first time in the…

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Lhote: Within the Context of Geo-Aesthetics At Cooper

In this free, public conversation the artist Maria Nordman will discuss her works including: A new reading of a manifesto of geo-philosophy in speaking Works with people in real time Some open New York projects Stephan von Wiese, the curator and…

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Ethics in the Real World At Cooper Union

Peter Singer will deliver a free, public talk about his latest book, a group of short essays, entitled Ethics in the Real World (Princeton University Press). In it he applies his controversial ways of thinking to issues like climate change, extreme…

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Ekphrasis Today: A Conversation with Lucas Zwirner At Cooper Union

A free, public conversation on the nature of writing about art with the editor of a new series of paperbacks published by David Zwirner Books. At a moment when written content around artworks has become increasingly significant—for curators,…

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Exhibition - Swiss Style Now At Cooper Union For The Advancement Of Science And Arts

The Swiss style of graphic is perhaps the most influential movement of the 20th century. It came to fame in the 1950s, as a clear graphic language of communication, and became a hallmark style internationally. The “Swiss Style Now”…

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Exhibition - Three Views Of Oman: The Photography Of Wilfred Thesiger, Charles Butt And Edward Grazda 1945-2006

Collected here for the first time is a history of Oman in images. One of the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world and among the earliest adherents to Ibadi Islam, the sultanate sits along the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula.…

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