Archtober 2016 in Full Swing! Pumpkin Carving, Saturday Sketching, and More

The Battery, “Building of the Day” for October 30

The sixth-annual Archtober, New York’s monthlong, citywide architecture and design festival is hitting its stride, and there’s nearly three weeks still to go!

A little taste of the goings-on: just yesterday saw the Great Architectural Bake-Off at Gallery 151 in Chelsea, Manhattan, and a sold-out Building of the Day tour of the Department of Sanitation’s new garage and salt shed–designed by Dattner and WXY–just a little further downtown in Soho.There’s much more on offer in the coming days. You can plan ahead and get tickets in advance by visiting¬†, or just stop by the Center for Architecture and meet up with friends at¬†softLab and Pentagram’s Archtober Lounge (image below), to peruse guides and program information in a¬†cave-like installation of polyhedral walls and ceilings.¬†Here’s a small sampling of upcoming events from just one weekend of Archtober, October 28-30:

  • Pumpkitecture!¬†An Archtober first:¬†20 New York City-based firms¬†live-carve extraordinary gourd-based structures¬†to compete for the coveted Pritzker Pumpkin. Family fun October 28th from 6pm-8pm at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village.
  • Panel at the Guggenheim: “The Consequence of Design”: Jessica Helfand moderates a discussion of¬†“the heritage of the design profession and its eventual legacy within the ecological, social, and service spheres.” With¬†design critic Ralph Caplan, graphic designer Milton Glaser, and architect Beverly Willis.¬†October 29 from¬†6pm-8pm at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • Saturday Sketching:¬†Also at the Guggenheim, October 29 (and every Saturday in Archtober) 10am-4pm. Get inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and record your perspective through drawing.”
  • “Building of the Day” tour:¬†a perennial Archtober favorite. The BoD tour on the 28th of the¬†Hudson Yards¬†midtown development project is¬†SOLD OUT.

But there are many more tours to choose from, including:- Gould Memorial Library,¬†Bronx Community College,¬†Oct. 26–¬†Japan Society, Midtown Manhattan,¬†Oct. 29, and- The Battery,¬†October 30. (image)See more Building of the Day tours on offer here:¬†

Archtober Lounge by softLab and Pentagram

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