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Nora Akawi, Hayley Eber; Lydia Kallipoliti; Lauren Kogod; Ife Vanable

Microcosms and Schisms

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05  > 31/07
    11 am  - 7 pm

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Nora Akawi (Palestinian, b.1985), Hayley Eber (South African, b.1976); Lydia Kallipoliti (Greek, b.1976), Lauren Kogod (American, b.1961), Ife Vanable (American, b.1981) of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union (USA, est.1859)



To address how we will live together, we must recognize that we refers to a fictive entity, which nonetheless determines a sense of place-and-kin, and consider the various ways and modes it may mean to live (Katherine McKittrick, 2015). A fundamental property of architecture is to demarcate, delineate, and segregate. Confronting processes of differentiation, architecture also registers ruptures and transgressions, and it articulates modes of connection and willfully denies perceived and established boundaries.
In this sense, the urban becomes a constellation of controlled microcosms; carefully constructed spaces of urban interiority and containment of climates, ecologies, and bodies. This installation presents critical readings of New York interiorities, and the transgressions and breaches that characterize them: the facade and the politics of the envelope, the public park as a space of manufactured wilderness and urban collectivity, spaces of climatic control and environmental inequality, and the city’s sites of sanctuary and transnational solidarity.


The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union
IDC Foundation

Production credits

Research Collaborators: Austin Wade Smith, Pamela Cabrera Pardo, Eduardo Rega, Ziad Jamaleddine, Xiaoxiao Zhao, Niki Kourti
Student Team: Sally Chen, Yingxiao Chen, Nienying Lin, Jamie Lindsey, Austin McInnis, Roni Schanin, Doosung Shin, Qicheng Wu

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