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Architecture and design month in New York City


The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture have announced new and expanded programs for the third annual edition of Archtober, the official  City Architecture and Design Month.


More than 50 participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Museum of Modern Art have curated more than 150 programs, including exhibits, movies, talks, and walking tours. As Rick Bell, Executive Director of the AIA New York said today during the press preview: “There is something for everyone“.




City Hall, first stop of the ‘Building of the Day’


A great building, every day
Among Archtober’s most popular programs are its walking tours and architectural tourism offerings, according to AIA New York Chapter. Most appealing is its “Building of the Day” series, for which architects and other design professionals lead noontime tours of New York’s contemporary buildings and historic sites. Highlights in 2013 include a tour and discussion of the Shake Shack in Madison Square (October 11th) and the UN complex on United Nations Day (October 24th).


In addition, the programs for World Architecture Day on October 7th will also mark the Center for Architecture’s 10th anniversary, with a focus on housing for the next generation. The Architecture and Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas will rank among Archtober’s most popular events, running from October 16th-20th. The Municipal Art Society (MAS) will also host its major annual conference, the MAS Summit for New York City, October 17th-18th.


“Archtober celebrates New York City, a world design capital,” adds AIA New York president, Jill N. Lerner. “With unparalleled architecture, outstanding design professionals, and cutting-edge cultural institutions, we are proud to welcome guests from around the city and around the world to this annual festival.”




Statue of Liberty, the special ‘Building of the Day’ on Le Corbusier’s birthday


Archtober 2013 Highlights


October 1: The exhibition Practical Utopias opens at the Center for Architecture, on global urbanism and recent design in five Asian cities (curator: Jonathan D. Solomon).
October 3: Dekton by Cosentino presents new concepts by seven emerging New York firms with the opening of Surface Innovation: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces.
October 7: The future of urban housing is subject of discussion at the Center for Architecture as part of its 10th anniversary and World Architecture Day.
October 16: The Architecture and Design Film Festival opens, at Tribeca Cinemas.


All month: Walking tours around the city of noteworthy architecture, new and old, led by Municipal Art Society of New York, theAmerican Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, Regional Plan Association, Hudson Square Connection,Museum of the City of New York, and /Center for Architecture (walking and boat tours).


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