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Archtober Architecture Festival Kicks Off

September 30, 2013
Image courtesy Center for Architecture

Archtober, a festival celebrating architecture and design through the month of October, kicks off Tuesday in New York City for its third year. Archtober has expanded programming with 53 participating organizations and more than 150 events including design tours, panel discussions, films, exhibitions, and soirées. One year after Hurricane Sandy blew through the Atlantic Seaboard, many of this year’s events will focus on resiliency.

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Highlights

October 1: Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, a new exhibition at AIA New York’s Center for Architecture opens, exploring the construction boom across Asia. The show will highlight super-tall and super-green buildings, and city master plans.

October 7: In celebration of World Architecture Day and its 10th anniversary, the Center for Architecture is hosting Towards Eight Billion: Housing the Next Generation, a discussion about the future of urban housing with an ever-expanding global population.  

October 10: New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design hosts TEDx NYIT Meta Resiliency conference, discussing “the resiliency of resiliency” one year after Hurricane Sandy.

October 12 and 13: This weekend marks the 11th annual openhousenewyork (OHNY) Weekend, in which New York City opens its doors giving visitors free access to hundreds of locales across the five boroughs, including tours of private residences, historic landmarks, and more.  

October 12-20: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum presents a week of free educational programming, concluding with their National Design Awards gala.   

October 16: The Architecture and Design film festival kicks off at Tribeca Cinemas showcasing more than 30 architecture and design films (Record is a sponsor).  Meanwhile, at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, curator Jean-Louis Cohen will deliver a lecture about MoMA’s blockbuster summer show, Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes.

October 24: United Nations Day includes a guided tour of the U.N.’s Capital Master Plan. The tour will delve into the history of the Headquarters’ buildings, and tour renovated structures including Oscar Niemeyer’s Secretariat Building.  
 
All Month: In one of Archtober’s most popular programs, each day in October architects and design professionals will lead afternoon tours of the Building of the Day, from the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (by New York firm SITE), to the newly Herzog & de Meuron-renovated Park Avenue Armory.   

For more information and event registration, visit archtober.org

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