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Time for Archtober: NYC’s Architecture and Design Month

Month-long festival focuses on the city’s architecture and design


Established just last year, Archtober took the architectural and design community in New York City by a storm presenting the amazing architecture of the city in a variety of ways, from tours and lectures to activities, exhibitions and even films on the subject.

Archtober has a very specific mission: to raise awareness of the importance of architecture and design in New York City and in everyday life and to build a lasting recognition of the richness of New York’s built environment. That mission is shared by the many organizations that already support and participate in the month-long festival.

As the tagline aptly says: “31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC.”

Design Community Support

One look at the roster of organizations participating in Archtober and it’s clear this already is a festival of merit. Although only in its second year, the inaugural year’s agenda and success established Archtober as an important addition to the design calendar and a respectable member of the architectural scene in New York City.

Among the organizations participating in 2012 are the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; Architecture & Design Film Festival @ Tribeca Cinemas; Architecture for Humanity New York; Central Park Conservancy; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; The Museum of Arts and Design; and New-York Historical Society. And that’s not even half of them. The complete list of participants and their contact information is available on the Archtober website.

Building of the Day

Among the many elements that make up the rich cultural experience of the month is the Building of the Day feature. This feature works to celebrate contemporary and iconic architecture throughout the city with daily on-site tours that are free and open to the public. The added bonus? The tours are led by architects allowing for an in-depth understanding of why and how the structure came to be.

Visitor Lounge

For the 2012 installation, the Center for Architecture will play host to an Archtober Visitor Lounge. Here, you'll find guides for the complete festival, as well as program information. Archtober guides also will be available at all participating organizations and distributed to preferred hotels as well.

Entrance to the Center for Architecture Archtober visitor lounge and exhibitions is free; other program and exhibition entrance costs will vary.

Archtober 2012 Events

There are entirely too many events for me to list here so I’ll provide for you a few highlights from the 2012 Archtober calendar and encourage you to view the complete, day-by-day calendar, as well as the agenda for the varied exhibitions that will be on display throughout the month, on the Archtober website:

Monday, Oct. 1 - New York Transit Museum
Talk: The Architecture of Fulton Center

Saturday, Oct. 6 - AIANY/Center for Architecture
Walking Tour - 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Site: Architecture, Urban Planning and the History of the New and the Original World Trade Center

Monday, Oct. 8
Building of the Day: East River Waterfront Esplanade

Friday, Oct. 12 - The Cooper Union
Unfinished Spaces: Roundtable Discussion and Film Screening

Saturday, Oct. 13 - Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
National Design Week
(all week)

Wednesday, Oct. 17 - Friends of the High Line
From Cowboys to Culture: A History of the High Line, an American Sign Language Tour with Guthrie Nutter

Saturday, Oct. 20
Architecture & Design Film Festival @ Tribeca Cinemas

Monday, Oct. 22 - New-York Historical Society
An Architect Led Tour of the New-York Historical Society Renovation and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum
(The New-York Historical Society also serves as Building of the Day)

Thursday, Oct. 25 - AIANY/Center for Architecture
Around Manhattan NYC Architectural Boat Tour
(multiple dates throughout the month)

Wednesday, Oct. 31 - AIANY/Center for Architecture
The Harlem Edge Closing Party

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