Architecture and Design Month
New York City
Archtober (ärk'tôbər), New York City's annual Architecture and Design Month, is now in its second year! The festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions will take place from October 1-31, 2012.
Archtober’s curated calendar features more than 180 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions – a new section this year – happening at the Center for Architecture and collaborating institutions across the city.
The popular "Building of the Day" series is reprised for 2012. Architects and other design professionals will lead the free noontime tours, which include contemporary buildings and historic sites, a new addition for 2012. A mid-month highlight is an open house at the new Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Special programming by the Aperture Foundation and exhibits at Lori Bookstein Fine Art and the Center for Architecture will celebrate the realization of Louis Kahn’s design, which has been 40 years in the making.
“New York City is home to nearly 40,000 architects and design professionals, which is the largest pool of design talent in the country,” says Joseph Aliotta, AIA, LEED AP, AIANY 2012 President. “As in its inaugural year, Archtober continues to demonstrate this sector’s powerful economic impact and draws global attention to one New York’s leading exports.”
This year’s festival is supported by an exciting new collaboration with Presenting Media Sponsors Dwell and New York Magazine. 150,000 Archtober guides will be inserted in Dwell’s October and New York Magazine’s September 24th issues along with CITY MODERN – a joint publication of the two magazines – growing the Archtober guide’s circulation tenfold. More people than ever before will be inspired by Archtober’s mission to promote design excellence through engaging public programs.
Many events are free; individual pricing and ticketing information is available on each organization’s website. Printed guides will be distributed at the Archtober Visitor Lounge at the Center for Architecture and participating institutions during the festival. The month’s full program and tour schedule is available at www.archtober.org and will be continuously updated as new programs are announced.
One of Archtober’s distinctive features is the breadth of its collaborating organizations, which range from established institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, to start-ups like Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche New York and Designers & Books Fair. This diversity captures the unique spirit of New York’s design world. Archtober 2012 features 23 new participating organizations, each marked with an asterisk.
Participating organizations include the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter; Aperture Foundation*; Architecture & Design Film Festival @ Tribeca Cinemas; Architecture for Humanity New York*; Associates of the Art Commission*; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York*; Brooklyn Historical Society; Center for Architecture Foundation; Central Park Conservancy*; CNU New York*; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union*; The Cultural Landscape Foundation*; CultureNOW; Designers & Books Fair*; Design Trust for Public Space; Docomomo US New York /Tri-State*; Dwell & New York Magazine’s City Modern*; Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park*; Friends of the High Line; IIDA New York Chapter; Institute of Classical Architecture & Art*; Lori Bookstein Fine Art*; The Municipal Art Society of New York; The Museum of Arts and Design; Museum of the City of New York; National Academy Museum & School*; New Museum; New York Building Congress*; New York Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects; New-York Historical Society*; New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture & Design*; New York Restoration Project*; New York Transit Museum and Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial; New York University*; The Noguchi Museum; Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY); Public Art Fund*; Queens Museum of Art*; Sheila C. Johnson Design Center; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Structural Engineers Association of New York*; Van Alen Institute; and WantedDesign*.
For more information on partcipating in Archtober, and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Trimble Elbogen at email@example.com or 212-358-6111.