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The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies

  1. 2. INTRODUCTION The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, IAUS or Institute for short, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the study of architecture in the city. It offers intensive individualized design tutorials to students who are interested in architecture at all scales of its expression. Particular emphasis is placed on architecture as a cultural activity, how architecture intersects other disciplines, how advanced technology is used to create new environments, how new ways of living, work and play transform our buildings and how collaboration creates a new paradigm of practice .
  2. 3. IAUS (1967-1984)
  3. 4. IAUS (1967-1984) HISTORY The IAUS developed its curriculum in collaboration with a group of liberal arts colleges and universities and began its undergraduate education program in 1973. The program was open to students from a consortium of distinguished liberal arts colleges and provided an architectural component as a supplement to traditional liberal arts studies. Five schools and twelve students participated in the Institute’s first academic year (1974), rising to sixteen colleges and 35 students in 1978. The program was organized around a rigorous sequence in the history and theory of architecture and an intensive design tutorial taught by the Institute’s fellows. Like Princeton, Columbia, Yale and Cooper Union, where architecture is taught at the undergraduate level as a concentration, the Institute is not accredited. In 1977 began the design/study options to give students enrolled in a six-year professional degree program the opportunity to participate in the academic program. Since the Institute was not a degree-granting institution, credit for the program was provided by the student’s own institution.
  4. 5. IAUS (1967-1984) The old Institute was founded in 1967 as a non-profit independent agency concerned with research, education and development in architecture and urbanism. It began as a core group of young architects seeking alternatives to traditional forms of education and practice. Peter Eisenman was appointed as the Institute’s first Executive Director followed by Anthony Vidler (1982), Mario Gandelsonas (1983) and Stephen Petersen (1984). In 1985 the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies ceased to exist. <ul><ul><li>The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies c. 1978 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(from Left to Right) Diana Agrest, Peter Eisenman, Mario Gandelsonas, Anthony Vidler </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. IAUS (2003-present)
  6. 7. IAUS (2003-present) <ul><ul><li>The Institute re-opened after being closed for nearly 20 years in 2003 due in a large part in the 9/11 renewal awareness in the critical impact of built form—how it is experienced, mediated, remembered and imaged—on our daily lives. At the same time, this new awakening in the power and role of architecture exposed a need for an independent, multidisciplinary think-tank, or pedagogical “free speech zone”, in which to question, provoke, debate, experiment, explore and rethink the future of the metropolis at all scales. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. IAUS (2003-present) <ul><ul><li>While there are other architecture organizations in New York like the Architecture League , and the Van Alen Institute , they are primarily places for exhibitions and lectures. They provided little in the way of debate, criticism, multidisciplinary experimentation, progressive education, improvisation and applied theory. While schools of architecture like Columbia, Cooper Union, and Pratt have better success at creating greater intellectual friction and stimulation than the above mentioned private organizations, they are to a great degree hampered by the requirements of professional accreditation. Over the past 30 years there has been one independent organization that combined all the qualities of critical experimentation, and multi-disciplinary education- The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (1968-84). </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. IAUS (2003-present) <ul><ul><li>The Institute’s goal is to keep alive the improvisational spirit that made the Institute at its apogee a mecca for than young architects and critics like Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Aldo Rossi, Charles Gwarthmey, Frank Gehry, Diana Agrest, Mario Gandelsons, Rafael Moneo, Robert Stern, Bernard Tschumi, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Kenneth Frampton, Manfredo Tafuri and Anthony Vidler, among others. Yet this is a new Institute for a new generation and a new time. While the original Institute helped shape much of the autonomous theoretical discourse that dominated architectural culture in the last 30 years of the 20 th century, the new Institute will concentrate more on applied theory and research utilizing new technology, cross-disciplines, materials and methods to discover and illuminate the conditions (and pre-conditions) of the built environment, mediated events and social networks that influence the way we live, work and play in the city of yesterday, today and tomorrow. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. SEMESTERS <ul><li>FALL SEMESTER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From early September to mid-December, approximately thirteen weeks of classes with allowance for Thanksgiving holiday. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SPRING SEMESTER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From early February to mid-May, approximately thirteen weeks of classes with allowance for Spring break. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SUMMER SEMESTER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From early June to early August, approximately eight weeks of classes with allowance for July 4 th holiday. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. COURSES <ul><li>DESIGN STUDY INTRO (DSI) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A one semester design and research oriented program open to undergraduate students from undergraduate university programs in the United States as well as international students studying abroad. One intensive semester design program, Spring or Fall. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is a comprehensive and rigorous program designed to be tailored to individual students with varying backgrounds and experience. The semester focuses on history, analysis, theory and applied theory in architecture and urban design. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The semester long program is divided into two phases: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase I : Research and Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase II : Investigation and Transformation </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. COURSES <ul><li>SUMMER PROGRAM (SP) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An intensive eight week semester in career discovery, research, analysis and design open to local high school juniors, seniors and all college undergraduates both foreign and domestic. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. COURSE STRUCTURE <ul><ul><li>Our goal is to engage and excite students within the context of humanistic pedagogy, realizing that some of the participants may choose fields of development outside architecture once graduated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The core of the education program shall be the design studio. It shall also be the physical core of the Institute’s space. Students shall have individual desks but different group of students shall share a singular large room. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kevin Kennon, Greg Lynn, et. al. (not pictured) critiquing student work. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. COURSE STRUCTURE <ul><li>DESK CRITIQUES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students shall meet two afternoons a week with their design instructor and advisors. The desk critiques will be treated as a “working” session, the instructors and advisors will guide and help students develop their ideas and concepts into an architectural proposal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis shall be placed on developing project sites within the city of New York, allowing students to experience and interact with existing conditions into which their project is inserted. Research shall play a major role in developing projects, and formulating ideas, multi-media projects and representations encouraged. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. COURSE STRUCTURE <ul><li>DESIGN TUTORIALS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials in the latest and innovative 2D and 3D software the architectural field uses today will be given over the course of the semester. These tutorials shall provide the participant with design and digital tools that integrates 2D and 3D design principles with digital media and software applications. The studio shall develop the participant’s ability to visualize design problems, explore, test and adapt solutions through a variety of media from drawing, to physical models to digital animation and video. The class shall offer an integrated format of technological and design tools as well as cover from basic geometrical constructs of points-lines and planes to the more complex arrangements of volumes and space. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. COURSE STRUCTURE <ul><li>DIGITAL PIN-UPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students shall meet one afternoon a week with all of the Institute faculty to formally present their work in a digital presentation. Criticism shall be rigorous and constructive and follow established architectural “review” format. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. COURSE STRUCTURE <ul><li>MID-TERM + FINAL REVIEWS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a scheduled Mid-Term Review and Final Review where invited members of the architectural community, as well as a select few outside of architecture, apart from the Institute’s faculty and administration are invited to view and critique the work produced by the students. The invited members of the jury provides students with a fresh perspective of the student’s cumulative work. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. ORGANIZATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Kevin Kennon, Executive Director Greg Lynn Bruce Becker, Chairman & Treasurer EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Stan Allen Elizabeth Diller Greg Lynn Julie Bargmann Jesse Reiser Kevin Kennon BOARD OF ADVISORS Diana Agrest Peter Eisenman Francois DeMenil Lynne Breslin Mario Gandelsonas Christine Boyer Ben Van Berkel David Friend Ralph Lerner Charles Gwathmey Enrique Norten Kurt Anderson Sanford Kwinter Beatriz Colomina Bernard Tschumi Toyo Ito Sarah Whiting Wes Jones Galia Solomonoff Frank Gehry Alejandro Zaera Polo John S. Johnson III Fabian Marcaccio Mark Tribe Glenn S. Arden, General Counsel
  19. 20. ORGANIZATION ADMINISTRATION Kevin Kennon, Executive Director Julia Suna Choi, Assistant Director Nicole Gitau, Accounting Administrator Fumio Hirakawa, Advisor Anika Hedberg, Advisor FELLOWS Andrew Blum Katharine Ives Jack Phillips Kathy Chia Pablo Jendretzki Galia Solomonoff Jonas Coersmeier Franklin Lee Robert Young Marc Hacker Henry Meyerberg
  20. 21. INSTITUTE
  21. 22. ADMISSIONS The Institute does not award degrees and is not NCARB accredited. All credits are awarded by the student’s own institution. FEES The cost of tuition is $5,750 for the Fall/Spring semester and $3,750 for the Summer semester. AWARDS There are no awards at this time. FINANCIAL AID There is no financial aid at this time.
  22. 23. HOUSING Student housing is available at The Octagon, a landmark historic building on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan. More information on the Octagon can be found on the website: . Cost of housing is $5,000 per semester.
  23. 24. FACILITIES <ul><li>Individual work stations for each student with access to network printers, scanners and internet. A computer is supplied to each student with the latest in necessary software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Autocad - Adobe Photoshop - Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rhino - Adobe Illustrator - Microsoft Powerpoint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D Studio Max - Adobe InDesign - Microsoft Excel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maya - Adobe Lightroom - Google Earth </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. SUGGESTED READING <ul><li>A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History by Manuel De Landa </li></ul><ul><li>Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas </li></ul><ul><li>Collage City by Colin Rowe & Fred Koetter </li></ul><ul><li>Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity by Gregory Bateson </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques and Technologies in Morphogenetic Design by Michael Hensel </li></ul><ul><li>The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard </li></ul><ul><li>Species of Spaces by George Perec </li></ul><ul><li>Modern Architecture: A Critical History by Kenneth Frampton </li></ul><ul><li>Diagram Diaries by Peter Eisenman </li></ul><ul><li>Index Architecture by Bernard Tschumi </li></ul><ul><li>A History of Architecture by Sir Bannister Fletcher </li></ul><ul><li>The City Shaped: Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History by Spiro Kostoff </li></ul><ul><li>The City Assembled: The Elements Of Urban Form Through History by Spiro Kostoff </li></ul><ul><li>Folding in Architecture by Greg Lynn </li></ul><ul><li>Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organization Diagrams by Sophia Vyzoviti </li></ul><ul><li>The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries by Robin Evans </li></ul><ul><li>A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze & Guattari </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture and the City by Aldo Rossi </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino </li></ul>
  25. 26. RESOURCES <ul><li>Students will have complete access to all the major learning institutions situated in New York City. </li></ul><ul><li>New York Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Avery Library </li></ul><ul><li>Bobst Library </li></ul><ul><li>Cooper Union Library </li></ul><ul><li>Parsons Library </li></ul><ul><li>Pratt Library </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Book Center </li></ul><ul><li>all of Manhattan </li></ul>
  26. 27. EVENTS VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS HOLD EVENTS, LECTURES AND FORUMS FOR THE PUBLIC The Architectural League of New York The Van Alen Institute Center for Architecture Columbia University The Cooper Union Pratt University Parsons New School of Design New York Institute of Technology Museum of Modern Art New Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art Studio X Cooper-Hewitt Museum
  27. 28. PUBLICATIONS <ul><ul><li>Opposition 5 published the Summer of 1976 </li></ul></ul>The first copy of Oppositions , a journal of ideas and criticism in architecture, appeared in 1974. October, a quarterly publication devoted to contemporary art is still being published. The Institute is developing a new journal devoted to architecture, media and the city. Since the demise of Assemblage , ANY , Progressive Architecture and now Architecture Magazine , there is a need for a new independent journal. The mission of the journal is to publish original articles and projects from around the world as well as identify and focus on the work of emerging architects, designers and Institute sponsored events and projects.
  28. 29. AFFILATIONS HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE Katie Irwin, Director of the Global Education Office (GEO) for the Five Colleges Thom Long, Director of the Five College Architectural Studies Program Karen Koehler, Hampshire College Advisor AMHERST COLLEGE Carol C. Clarke, Amherst College Advisor MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE Mike Davis, Mt. Holyoke College Advisor NYU - GALLATIN SCHOOL John Lang, NYU Gallatin School Advisor
  29. 30. CONCLUSION
  30. 31. FUTURE The new Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies is dedicated to improving the quality of education, debate, thought and action about rethinking the metropolis through architecture, media and urbanism. Unlike other associations as the Architectural League, and the Van Allen Institute, Harvard's &quot;Career Discovery&quot;, or Columbia's New York/Paris Program in Architecture, the Institute expands, re-defines and re-thinks many of the features of the old Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in its dedication to being first and foremost a school for the study of progressive architecture, new media and urban studies. Secondly, it has a distinct point of view, namely to support and promote greater understanding by rethinking the traditional role that architecture, urban design and planning play in how we experience and imagine the city. For too long architects have neglected both the social and material consequences of the built environment by retreating into formalistic, theoretical or purely aesthetic exercises. The digital revolution has provided a new way for architecture to be realized by engaging and reflecting more precisely the diversity of how we live, work and play in the 21st century.