Next week marks the beginning of Archtober, the second annual month-long celebration of architecture with tons or activities, programs and exhibitions in New York. This year promises not to disappoint with more than 180 architecture and design lectures, conferences and programs happening across the city, many of them free. Guides and tickets are available at the Center for Architecture and will be distributed at the Archtober Visitor Lounge at the Center and at participating institutions during the festival.
Now on the good stuff. Open House New York (OHNY) will host a weekend event beginning Friday October 5th that is chock-filled with an impressive line up of building tours including many buildings that are closed to the public. Among the buildings on this year’s tour are The Pershing Square Signature Theatre (Gehry Partner with H3 hardy Collaboration Architecture), Philip Johnson’s Four Season restaurant in the Seagrams building, which has been magnificently restored by Belmont Freeman, Lakeside at Prospect Park (Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects with landscape architect Christian Zimmerman), and hard hat tours of structures underway, like the New School: University Center by SOM.
More private residences than ever before will be on view, such as One Museum Mile by Robert A.M Stern Architects with interiors by Andre Kikoski, and Paul Rudolph’s Modulightor Building. Last but not least and a definite must see is Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center, which is back by popular demand. Check out the many things going on in the city in October at the Center for Architecture and at other places around New York at the following web sites. www.archtober.org and www.ohny.org.