A Leap Into The Void: Master of Architecture II Graduate Thesis Opening Reception

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Thursday, Sep 14, 6:30pm to Friday, Sep 29, 7:00pm
The Cooper Union, Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
East Village

Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, this exhibition highlights the work of the 2016-17 Master of Architecture II Graduate Design Studio graduate thesis work. Thesis positions the architectural studio as a space for the exploration, experimentation and production of new forms of knowledge and design innovation. In a semester-long endeavor of architectural research, students both negotiate and interrogate a vast range of issues with complex and often contradictory impulses, particular to the advancement of disciplinary knowledge.

Inevitably, it is a leap into the void, an exploration of the uncharted territories where architectural research dwells. A leap into the unknown entails an instance of suspension on the rational to embrace the irrational. This temporary suspension of reason is necessary to challenge the grounds of our architectural clichés.

This "leap" has yielded 13 projects across 5 continents, negotiating erotic desires, social struggles, environmental decadences, paranoid secrecies, material instabilities and political folly. The work is deeply personal and provocative, as many students take their theses "home," to research local conditions in familiar sites all over the world, perpetually confronting questions of tradition, difference and architectural particularity with global concerns.

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 14 at 6:30pm

Ongoing Exhibition
September 14 – September 29, 2016
Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm-7pm