With Shavuot less than a week away, dairy foods and all-night study sessions are more on our minds than building a sukkah, a task almost half a year away. But for innovative architects hoping to reshape the temporary dwelling in a new form, the time to start working on their designs is now.
From September 19 – 21, New York’s Union Square Park will be home to Sukkah City, an architectural competition seeking to reinvent the traditional structures. According to the project’s website, “’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.” Registration for the contest is due July 1.
Sukkah City is the brainchild of journalist Joshua Foer, who was interviewed by the Forward about his sukkah building proclivities last Sukkot, along with his brother, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. “We’re supposed to be the People of the Book, but we’re actually the people of the carpenter’s square. From Noah to Jesus to Norm Abram, it’s a very proud tradition, you know,” Foer said.