Most of the Typographics festival will take place at The Cooper Union, in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Founded as a tuition-free college by philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, the school is the alma mater of many noteworthy typographers and lettering artists including Herb Lubalin, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and Lou Dorfsman. Cooper is home of the Type@Cooper typeface design program as well as the Herb Lubalin Study Center, an archive of modern graphic design.
The Typographics lectures will be held in the historic Great Hall, inside Cooper’s Foundation Building at 7 East 7th Street. Since 1859, the Great Hall with its 859 seats has been a venue for a wide variety of historical speakers, including US presidents from Lincoln and Grant to Clinton and Obama.
Most conference workshops will take place across the street at 41 Cooper Square. Completed in 2009, the building designed by Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis is one of the most unusual buildings in the East Village, with a unique modernist façade.
Here’s a map of Cooper Square, with the Foundation Building to the north and 41 Cooper Square to the east:
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