The Cooper Union
School of Architecture

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Professors Guido Zuliani, Jennifer Lee, Pablo Lorenzo–Eiroa, and Caroline O'Donnell

The work of the design studio is based on the assumption that design is a cognitive process, a continuous dialogue between intuition and reasoning rather than the application of a prescriptive method.

Invited to select a site of their own choice within the island of Manhattan, the students are provoked into a conscious encounter with the physical nature of the architecture of the city. The choice of the site is informed by the program: the architectural invention of a place for a transient as defined by the characteristic metropolitan dweller. The architecture and its programmatic specificity thus emerge from the student’s reflection on the encounter of the metropolitan transient with the space of the city.