Freedom of Expression, Interaction, Collaboration
MYMUP, which stands for "Multi-Year Multi-University Project,"
is an interdisciplinary, inter-university project which encourages
students from diverse backgrounds to find creative yet pragmatic
solutions to current, real-life design projects.
The success of MYMUP lies in the freedom given to students to think
through and conceptualize their design ideas, and then present them
professionally after considering the problem and possible solutions
from many different angles.
The fact that MYMUP projects bring together engineers, artists,
and architects from institutions with different geographical locations,
teaching modes, and philosophies adds to the diverse and innovative
outcomes of each project. In past years, Cooper Union has collaborated
with Florida International University and with Polytechnic University
(Brooklyn, NY) on MYMUP projects.
Group projects explored in EID 111–Design, Illusion and Reality
emphasize the interplay among ideas, concepts and values on one
hand and the appearance of the design on the other. The projects
aim at being vivid demonstrations of how design brings illusion
and reality together; how illusion, however conceived, shapes reality,
however experienced; and how that reality in turn contributes to
reshaping the illusion in a constant interplay – design becoming
the stimulator, the moderator, the revealer, the resolver, the means
to an end.
The following pages contain information and links about four different
MYMUP projects explored at the Cooper Union under the auspices of
The Gateway Engineering Education Coalition.