Archtober! What’s on Tap for New York’s Architecture and Design Month

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Archtober! What’s on Tap for the City’s Architecture and Design Month

Archtober! What’s on Tap for the City’s Architecture and Design Month

October generally brings to mind pumpkins, Halloween, and other autumnal decorations. It is also, however, the month of “Archtober”—the city’s official Architecture and Design Month, filled with a number of programs, talks, and exhibitions devoted to architecture and design.

“When we started thinking about creating a festival that stood for design, we were in dark days of recession. With all the unemployment of architects and designers, not business as usual, we wanted to strike a positive note,” Cynthia Kracauer, AIA’s managing director explained of the festival’s start five years ago.

The AIA and Center for Architecture held a preview for Archtober’s events at the Center for Architecture’s new exhibit space in the South Street Seaport Culture District.

“We tend to minimize [the Seaport District] and think of it as an old-fashioned, or picturesque place,” AIA’s James Sanders said, “if you know anything about it, you know it’s anything besides old-fashioned and picturesque. This is where New York became New York, the great capital that it is today.”

Inspired by the location in the Seaport District, the exhibit featured a panorama, “Sea Level: The Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge,” by photographer Elizabeth Felicella, and annotated with historical and geographical notes about each location by author Robert Sullivan. []

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