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12th annual Archtober architecture festival in New York

October 1–31, 2022
From October 1–31, New York City will host the month-long festival of architecture and design known as Archtober. The 2022 edition will bring together events across the five boroughs and is being organized by the Center for Architecture in partnership with partners and sponsors from all across the city. Despite the difficulties of recent years, Archtober has continued to grow, bringing together more than 100 partners this year. The free arts and culture app Bloomberg Connects has a brand-new addition this year: the Archtober Guide!

“As Archtober celebrates its 12th year, I am thrilled to see how the festival continues to grow, with over 100 collaborating partners and new program offerings,” said Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, AIA New York Center for Architecture. “This year, the festival feels especially relevant as we celebrate the re-opening of the city. Archtober 2022 provides numerous opportunities for in-person experiences, including our ever-popular Building of the Day series, founded on the principal that architecture should be experienced first-hand.”

2022 program offerings

In-person and online programming will still be a part of Archtober in 2022. To accommodate even bigger audiences, a number of partners will present talks in virtual forms, such as the “Border Crossings: Architecture and Migration in the Americas” lecture series from the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. This year, “In the Realm of Indigenous Architectures,” a four-part virtual series produced by Archtober in collaboration with the Indigenous Society of Architecture, Planning, and Design, explores the preservation and transformation of Indigenous communities in the US.

The festival will also feature several exhibitions, including Cooper Hewitt’s Mr. Pergolesi’s Curious Things: Ornament in 18th-Century Britain and the Museum of Modern Art’s Life Between Bulidings. Farther afield, don’t miss the site-specific installations for Robert Stadler: Playdate at the Glass House or Pamphlet Architecture at ‘T’ Space.

For 2022, the festival’s popular “Building of the Day” series of architect-led tours will be fully in-person. This year’s selection includes 9 Dekalb (SHoP Architects)The Living Breakwaters Project (SCAPE), offered in conjunction with Open House New YorkPier 57 (Diller Scofidio and Renfro, Handel Architects and !melk)The Peninsula (WXY and Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect), and QPL Steinway Branch renovation (Mario Gooden Studio)

Tours by Archtober partners include Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Grand Designs: Architecture at Green-Wood” exploring the cemetery’s monuments by leading nineteenth-century architects and artists, and NYPL’s Seward Park Branch’s tour of Manhattan’s Chinatown. 2022 also marks Open House New York’s 20th anniversary.

No October celebration is complete without some end-of-month spookiness, and Archtober is no exception! On October 28, architects compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin at Pumpkitecture. Families can also join the fun with Candlelight Ghost Tours of the Merchant’s House MuseumNYBG’s Halloween at the Garden, and Lewis Lattimer House Museum’s spooky scavenger hunt.

Beyond timed and paid activities, Archtober will once again feature “Anytime Activities,” a part of evergreen resources for those interested in architecture, such as the Cooper Hewitt’s “Design It Yourself” series and the Center for Architecture’s “Architecture at Home” materials. Podcast fans can also check out QPL’s “Queens Memory Project” or the BWAF’s “New Angle: Voice,” which focuses on the experiences of women architects.

Visit website to see our lineup of events starting September 14, 2022.

New this year: discover buildings of the day on Bloomberg Connects

The main goal of Archtober is to encourage viewers to interact with the buildings and designs that are all around them. The festival has collaborated with Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app developed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, this year to develop the Archtober Guide, building on our efforts to offer experiences throughout the year. Archtober has visited hundreds of projects throughout the five boroughs over the past 12 years. With the Archtober Guide on Bloomberg Connects, you can explore some of these locations on your phone and learn more about some of NYC’s most intriguing modern and historic constructions. View project photographs and listen to unique, app-only conversations with the landscape and architectural designers who are influencing New York City’s future!

The Archtober Guide on Bloomberg Connects will launch September 16, 2022.
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