Lessons From Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations In 20th Century Architecture, 1925-70

Lessons From Modernism examines selected works of architecture completed between 1925-70 through the lens of sustainability. This analysis of the use of environmental strategies — long before they were commonly used in 21st century buildings — opens at The Cooper Union’s Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery on January 29th (reception at 6:30PM).

Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, Lessons From Modernism provides new insights into works achieved by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer. The exhibition demonstrates how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture.

The 25 examples shown in the exhibition were extensively researched and documented by a team of Cooper Union students, faculty and alumni. These buildings demonstrate the importance of the aesthetic of clarity and utility that characterizes 20th century modern architecture. This aesthetic, or really, these values, inform the contemporary green building movement today.

The show also features:

• Solutions to the challenges of particular climates: cool northern zones, hot arid zones and tropical and subtropical zones
• Analytical drawings illustrating the sustainable design issues evidenced within each project
• A timeline illustrating the evolving global environmental consciousness
• 25 three dimensional architectural models made specifically for the exhibition

This exhibition, presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, was made possible by generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, award-winning British architect Sara Wigglesworth will give the 2013 Eleanore Pettersen lecture at Cooper Union, discussing principles of design excellence and ecological innovation. The lecture, “Current Work,” is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York in the Great Hall on Thursday, February 28, 2013 (7PM).

Opening reception: Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30pm
Lecture – Thursday, February 28 at 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 12-7pm (closed Sunday and Monday)











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When: Tue., Jan. 29, 2013 - Sat., Mar. 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: The Cooper Union - The Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery
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Lessons From Modernism examines selected works of architecture completed between 1925-70 through the lens of sustainability. This analysis of the use of environmental strategies — long before they were commonly used in 21st century buildings — opens at The Cooper Union’s Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery on January 29th (reception at 6:30PM).

Through an analysis of the influence of nature and the environment in architectural design, Lessons From Modernism provides new insights into works achieved by a diverse selection of architects, including Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer. The exhibition demonstrates how these architects integrated environmental concerns into their designs and explores the extent to which these practices have produced environmentally performative and distinctive architecture.

The 25 examples shown in the exhibition were extensively researched and documented by a team of Cooper Union students, faculty and alumni. These buildings demonstrate the importance of the aesthetic of clarity and utility that characterizes 20th century modern architecture. This aesthetic, or really, these values, inform the contemporary green building movement today.

The show also features:

• Solutions to the challenges of particular climates: cool northern zones, hot arid zones and tropical and subtropical zones
• Analytical drawings illustrating the sustainable design issues evidenced within each project
• A timeline illustrating the evolving global environmental consciousness
• 25 three dimensional architectural models made specifically for the exhibition

This exhibition, presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, was made possible by generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, award-winning British architect Sara Wigglesworth will give the 2013 Eleanore Pettersen lecture at Cooper Union, discussing principles of design excellence and ecological innovation. The lecture, “Current Work,” is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York in the Great Hall on Thursday, February 28, 2013 (7PM).

Opening reception: Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30pm
Lecture – Thursday, February 28 at 7pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 12-7pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

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