Archive for December, 2011

NYSCI: Maker Space

Sketch model

 

Situ Studio has been commissioned by the New York Hall of Science to create a Maker Space within the iconic Central Pavilion designed by Wallace Harrison for the 1964-65 World’s Fair. The new workshop space will serve as a place for visitors to learn about scientific concepts through hands-on making. The installation will consist of a plywood 3-pin arch structure which will enclose 1,200sf of the Central Pavilion. A modular system of acoustical panels, display cases and storage units will freely tie into the structure through an array of threaded perforations. Moveable furniture elements will tuck into the plywood structure to free up the floor space as necessary.

The primary structure will be built and open to the public in mid-January, 2012.

Section

 

Full-scale mock-up

Keep Cooper Union Tuition Free

 

At the beginning of November it was announced that the Trustees of the The Cooper Union were exploring introducing tuition at the school for the first time in over 100 years. For the past two months an intense debate involving many stake holders has ensued regarding how to solve Cooper’s financial predicament, and perhaps more importantly, how to protect the principles upon which the school was founded.

We feel that what is special about Cooper, its character, culture and education, depends entirely upon the school remaining tuition free for all admitted students. To charge tuition to any portion of the student body would completely undermine the education that Cooper provides, it would no longer truly be merit based.

Of the many ideas that have been proposed to address the deficit the school is facing, we would like to bring your attention to one that we feel is working particularly well. A website has been created that allows students, alumni, faculty and the general public to pledge a donation to The Cooper Union that is contingent upon the administration stating publicly and unequivocally that “Cooper Union’s undergraduate schools of architecture, art and engineering will remain completely tuition free.” While the money raised through this effort certainly will not be able to solve Cooper’s financial situation on its own it will help and it will, most importantly, send a strong message to the administration that, despite the dire situation, the only way to support Cooper Union is to continue to honor and fight for the principles that make is such a special and unique place.

If you would like to join us in supporting Cooper in these difficult times please visit the freecooperunion site and show your support: http://freecooperunion.com/

Throughout its long history, and through multiple financial crises and recessions, the institution has managed to maintain its tuition free status. We believe that the ingenuity and intelligence that is so abundant at Cooper can be leveraged to find viable revenue streams other than tuition. We are hopeful that the Revenue Task Force established by the new President of Cooper Union, Jamshed Bharucha, will be able to do just this.

Thank you,
Situ Studio

Some links for additional information:
Why Cooper Union Matters
Alumni Declaration
Alumni Pioneer
Cooper Union Task Force
Free As Air and Water

Interior Design Best of Year

 

Last night reOrder won an Interior Design Best of Year award in the Large Exhibition / Installation category! The formidable competition included Lantern Wonderland by CL3 Architects, Les Lalanne by Peter Marino Architect and Exhale Environment by Phu Hoang Office & Rachely Rotem Studio. Big thanks to project sponsor, Sunbrella, for insisting that we submit the project.

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