Next month kicks off the start of Archtober, the annual month-long celebration of architecture and design in New York organized by the Center for Architecture. Every year, Archtober explores and showcases design in NYC’s five boroughs through a series of activities, tours, talks, exhibitions, resources and more, and this year will be no different. To ensure the safety of all design aficionados, the Center for Architecture has organized online-only talks and tours, DIY-style resources and self-led activities, and socially distanced in-person programs.
Be sure to check out the month’s schedule of events but here are a few we think you should put on your calendar:
The popular “Building of the Day” series will take you on a virtual tour of NYC’s new and iconic architecture, led by architects and design studios. This year’s tours include Little Island by Heatherwick Studios, the Marcel Breuer Buildings at the Bronx Community College, The High Line by James Corner Field Operations, and the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor by Gluckman Tang.
New to the program this year is the “Travel To” series which will take you to sites across the country as well to visit architecturally interesting sites from the comfort of your home.
Want to get outdoors for a bit? Be sure to bring your masks with your timed admissions tickets to explore some of NYC’s outdoor gardens, including Wave Hill, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the New York Botanical Garden.
Archtober is intended to be inclusive of architecture lovers of all ages, so be sure to check out the “Architecture at Home” resources where you can participate in simple architecture and design activities with items easily found around the home. For aspiring artists, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s “Sketch with Jeff” series, led by museum educator Jeff Hopkins, will teach students the basics of sketching while sharing stories about the Frank Lloyd Wright museum.
As always, there will be a number of interesting and currently relevant talks hosted online that you can tune into. A few on our radar this year include “Post-Pandemic Cities” to explore how Covid-19 and climate change has changed the way we design for the future of human existence; “Black Reconstruction Collective,” a resource founded by Black architects, artists, designs and scholars who are dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design and academia; and “Design Salon: Designing Sustainable Cities” to discuss NYC’s game-changing initiatives to create the world’s greenest big city and how systems thinking informs local architecture and planning.
To learn more about Archtober and plan out your month-long schedule of activities and events, visit 2020.archtober.org.