Architizer invites you to a preview event to see the 12 finalists of the Sukkah City International Design Competition.

Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.

‘Sukkah City: New York City’ will re-imagine this ancient phenomenon, develop new methods of material practice and parametric design, and propose radical possibilities for traditional design constraints in a contemporary urban site. Twelve finalists will be selected by a panel of celebrated architects, designers, and critics to be constructed in a visionary village in Union Square Park from September 19-20, 2010.

One structure will be chosen by New Yorkers to stand and delight throughout the week-long festival of Sukkot as the People’s Choice Sukkah of New York City. The process and results of the competition, along with construction documentation and critical essays, will be published in the forthcoming book “Sukkah City: Radically Temporary Architecture for the Next Three Thousand Years.” Selected entries will also be displayed in an exhibit at the Center for Architecture in New York City during September 2010.

Please join us for drinks, discussion and design at The Gowanus Studio Space, the host and ad hoc fabrication studio for the 12 finalist Sukkah design teams.

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