Archtober Unveils Impressive 2017 Lineup
Archtober, the annual Architecture and Design festival that runs the length of October, has announced this year’s list of partner events and Building of the Day programming. 2017 marks the seventh edition of the festival, organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with 60+ partners and sponsors. The calendar, now available online, includes tours led by design experts, special competitions with prizes, lectures with renowned architects, an inside look at some of New York’s most notable structures, and a chance to interact and engage with the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions.
The 2017 partner events are developed collaboratively by cultural institutions and professional organizations across the five boroughs. These programs promote the value of architecture and design, and can be attended by registering through the Archtober website. A few highlights include a Public Art Fund talk with artist Ai Weiwei and Nicholas Baume on October 12; the Municipal Art Society of New York’s annual MAS Summit for New York City on October 16, this year exploring creative ways to meet urban challenges from the ground up, and a curator talk of Never Built New York at the Queens Museum on October 29.
Archtober’s signature Building of the Day series celebrates contemporary and iconic structures in New York City with daily architect-led tours. The program features numerous highlights citywide, including the long-awaited first phase of Freshkills Park by James Corner Field Operations and NYC Parks, the Modulightor Building by Paul Rudolph, and the U.S. Custom House by Cass Gilbert. Archtober has also introduced a new series called Workplace Wednesdays. Each Wednesday during the month, architecture firms including Rockwell Group, Studio Libeskind, and ShoP Architects will invite the public to their offices to host workshops, talks, or presentations; tickets will be available to the public via the Archtober website in limited quantities.
In partnership with AIA New York, Classic Harbor Line hosts architectural boat tours that circumnavigate Manhattan daily throughout the month of October and the entire year. The company held a media preview for the festival this year, its second consecutive year as the Archtober Press Preview host.
New York City’s Architecture and Design Month presents special tours, lectures, films and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. Organized by the Center for Architecture in collaboration with partnering organizations across the city, the festival raises awareness of the important role of design in our city and the richness of New York’s built environment. For more information, please visit their website.
About the Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture is the premier cultural venue for architecture and the built environment in New York City, informed by the complexity of the City’s urban fabric and in dialogue with the global community. The Center shares a home with the AIA New York and has the unique advantage of drawing upon the ideas and experiences of practicing architects to produce thought-provoking exhibitions, informative public programs, and quality design education experiences. For more information, please visit their website.