On View> Cooper Union Exhibition Explores Environmental Design in Modernism

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
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Moderl of Oscar Niemeyer's Building for the Emprezas Graficas o Cruzeiro. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Moderl of Oscar Niemeyer’s Building for the Emprezas Graficas o Cruzeiro. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Lessons From Modernism is the smartest and most compelling exhibition ever mounted in New York (and maybe anywhere) on the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design. This Cooper Union exhibition looks at and analyzes 25 iconic modern buildings from architects like Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean ProuvĂ©, and Oscar Niemeyer. Conceived and curated by Cooper Union Professor Kevin Bone, Lessons From Modernism brilliantly demonstrates how these and other important modern architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and “explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture.”

View of the exhibition at The Cooper Union. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

View of the exhibition at The Cooper Union. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Staged in a school known for its formal architectural inventions it makes the case that environmental design has long been a a foregrounded consideration in the creation of architecture and not something created by by the United States Building Council and its LEED certification process. Professor Bone has created a valuable time line of major landmarks in the environmental design movement and directed his students to produce precise and beautiful models of these 25 buildings. The exhibition includes analytical drawings illustrating the sustainable design issues within each project in the show and includes texts by Professor Bone, Kenneth Frampton, Lydia Kallipoliti, and Carl Stein. The show runs through March 23 so run to see it before it vanishes.

Drawing of Paul Rudolph's Walker Beach House. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Drawing of Paul Rudolph’s Walker Beach House. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

View of the exhibition at The Cooper Union. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

View of the exhibition at The Cooper Union. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Model of Atelier 5's Siedlung Halen. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Model of Atelier 5′s Siedlung Halen. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Model of Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell's Cocoon House. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

Model of Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell’s Cocoon House. (Courtesy Cooper Union)

 

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