We morn the death of an Era as new Cooper Union President, Jamshed Bharucha, made a history-altering decision on April 23, 2013, to charge tuition to its students--abandoning Peter Cooper's 153-year old founding principal and belief that education should be as "free as the wind."
"[...Alexander Gorlin, Class of 1978, taught at Cooper and sat on the president's advisory council. "[This is] a sad day and especially ironic at a time when the gap between rich and poor has never been wider," wrote Gorlin in a statement to RECORD. "When the Mayor of New York is worth $17 billion and no one can figure out how to maintain Peter Cooper's 19th-century vision of education as 'free as the wind,' it appears that we are reverting in the 21st century to Thomas Hobbes' insight that the life of man is 'nasty, brutish and short.' As an alumnus of Cooper Union I am ashamed and embarrassed."]"
“It’s not about the pieces. It’s how the pieces work together,” says LA-based rapper Ice Cube. Whether sampling beats or designing architecture, beautiful things happen when you “take something that already exists and make it something special.”
..This is going Green 1949-style B*tch. Believe dat!
Read more about Anthony Kiedis on American artist, Edward Ruscha, here.
Toyo Ito announced as the Pritzker laureate for 2013. He is the 37th recipient, and the 6th Japanese recipient to date. Among other things, Ito has been praised for "infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension, and for the poetics that transcend all of his works."
An (un)likely pairing: two strong women who dominate(d) their professions join forces to design a new home for the former supermodel in Russia.
In Naomi's interview with Zaha, the defiant duo talk about everything from film to fashion; Zaha's interdisciplinary collaborations with fashion, shoes and jewelry; politics; architecture; ...the politics of architecture; and how being a foreigner, a woman, and an architect has compelled her to fight harder and push her work forward, despite the odds.
Hadid’s incredible rise to the top of the architecture world has been an uphill battle. Hadid said, “I used to disapprove being called a woman architect, because what is important is that I’m an architect, woman is background information.”
Read the full interview here.
Above, a 7-level, private residence designed by SAOTA in Cape Town, South Africa.
Below, a super sexy, super sleek SAOTA residence in Camps Bay, South Africa, blurs the lines between indoor/outdoor, ceiling/sky, floor plane/water plane with seamless transitions between solid and void.