Episode 19: Archtober with the Executive Director of AIA NY

Image via Archtober.org.
Image via Archtober.org.

Learn why New York in October revolves around architecture.

PrintWhat is ARCHTOBER?

It is a month to raise awareness around architecture. People live and work in buildings but are not always offered opportunities to dive deeper and ask what they are all about.

How old is the initiative?

In October 2011, AIA’s New York Chapter, Open House New York, and the Architecture and Design Film Festival worked on architecture-themed events together. In 2016, there are more than 60 partners across all five boroughs and the events encompass anything that has to do with architecture and design. In addition to professional design firms, we work with entities from institutions to consulates; any organization that want to focus on architecture and design for any period of time.

What happens during Archtober?

There are a number of family programs at the Cooper Hewitt, the Guggenheim, and at the Center for Architecture where children can build a miniature Bucky dome. On October 29, we’ll have a half day symposium with architects and librarians and technology specialists, titled Libraries for the Future. People thought libraries were dying but they’re now community resources for technology and research. There also are daily architecture boat tours, led by AIA members. In addition, we are touring the new Zaha Hadid building near the Highline, during its current construction phase.

And this year, we launched a baking and architecture competition, which came to us from a group in London. It was our first year in new York and there were about six firms entered. We saw some amazing cakes—everything from the New Museum to the Sydney Opera House to the Glass House. The winning cake went to STUDIOS Architecture, which recreated Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan with a mini-marzipan Zaha, too. It was a bittersweet memorial.

Learn more at archtober.org.

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