In praise of architecture

October renamed Archtober in New York City
Morphosis Architects, looking up through the atrium of 41 Cooper Square (2009), New York City
Morphosis Architects, looking up through the atrium of 41 Cooper Square (2009), New York City


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From: 1 October 2011
Until: 31 October 2011

Archtober: Architecture and Design Month, New York City


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New York City’s Architecture Week has proved so popular in recent years that this year it’s become a month long event with a new name. Archtober (and why not?) promises a veritable feast for the architecture aficionado.

In the last 10 years, new buildings on the boundaries of modern architecture have been sprouting up all over New York. Foster + Partners' Hearst Tower just south of Columbus Circle stretches up from a base of the building originally built by William Randolph Hearst in 1928, whilst SANAA's New Museum in the Bowery starts afresh, creating a structure of stacked boxes, varying in size and wildly offset so that light pours into the galleries below.

Foster, SANAA and others have been transforming not only the skyline but the city’s street level experience too by creating new public spaces for absorbing and interacting with the city's culture. There’s Diller Scofifio + Renfro's much acclaimed Lincoln Center and their converted rail track, High Line as well as Morphosis' 41 Cooper Square (bottom) and the raised courtyard of the new MOMA building (below) on 53rd Street - a horizontal landmark which contrasts with the city's traditional streetscape.

Taniguchi and Associates, MOMA, NYCTaniguchi and Associates, MOMA, NYC

Archtober, organised by the American Institute of Architects, is packed with events for the architecturally-inclined, kicking off at 10am Saturday, October 1 at the Center for Architecture in Laguardia Place just below Washington Square Park. Design Miami Designer of the Year 2011, David Adjaye will be talking about how art and exhibition spaces are evolving on Tuesday 4 at the center, the BMW Guggenheim Lab on will be screening Greg Greene's 2004 film End of Suburbia at 6pm on Wednesday 5 and the month ends at MOMA with a talk about The Magic of Plywood the inexpensive industrial timber which has been used by modern architects and designers and transformed into wonders of good design in the 20th century.

Morphosis Architects, 41 Cooper Square from the outside, NYCMorphosis Architects, 41 Cooper Square from the outside, NYC

Archotober also encompasses Open House NY from Friday 14 - Sunday 16, where you can get a chance to go inside the buildings you can only walk past the rest of the year, click here to see what buildings will be open. If you're heading to the cinema be sure to check out the latest film offerings form the design world as the Architecture & Design Film Festival takes over the Tribeca Cinemas from Thursday 20 - Sunday 23, click here for listings.


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