Get Ready for Archtober 2023!




The annual event ‘Archtober‘ brings together over 100 partner institutions across the five boroughs to celebrate the importance of architecture and design. Running from October 1-31, here are just a few of the events and exhibitions that caught our eye, including each and every ‘Building of the Day’.

Classic Harbor Line’s classic yacht, Manhattan II cruising around Manhattan during an Around Manhattan Architecture Tour

We love to kick-off our Archtober with an AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Tour. You will find one on October first, and all throughout the month.

October 2nd ~ Virtual Tour: Activism on the Lower East Side. If you cannot make it down to the Lower East Side in person for one of our Activism on the Lower East Side Walking Tours, you’re in luck! We are pleased to offer a Zoom version that you can attend from the comfort of your home.

Powerhouse Arts. Photo Credit: PBDW Architects, 2023.

October 2nd ~ Building of the Day: Powerhouse Arts hosted by Center for Architecture. Powerhouse Arts is a new 170,000-square feet art fabrication facility and event space located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The project included the renovation of the abandoned former Turbine Hall of the BRT power station, remediation of the brownfield site, and a new cast-in-place concrete addition to support the fabrication of large-scale art in NYC. Workshop space is provided for fabrication in metal, wood, printmaking, textiles, and ceramics, along with flexible event and gallery spaces.

High Line – Moynihan Connector. Image: Lucas Blair Simpson © SOM.

October 3rd ~ Building of the Day: High Line – Moynihan Connector. Designed by SOM and Field Operations, the High Line – Moynihan Connector takes the form of an elevated, 600-foot linear park that creates an episodic urban journey from the contemporary spaces of Midtown West to the verdant gardens and historic structure of the High Line. The Connector is composed of two bridges, the Timber Bridge and the Woodland Bridge, which have distinct identities that expand the High Line’s rich tapestry of experiences.

October 4th ~ Researching the History of Your New York City Home hosted by the New York Public Library.

October 4th ~ Concert in the Catacombs: Anaïs Maviel is part of the Green-Wood Cemetery 2023 concert series.

October 5th ~ The Matter of Memory: A Monument to Memory-Making. How do the ephemeral and ever changing contents of memory relate to their material container of architecture? Listen to people who built monuments and memorials, weaving together these memory components ~ taking place at Pratt Institute, St. James Place in Brooklyn.

Gábor Bachman, Miklós Haraszti, György Konrád, László Rajk. Bulwark of Resistance: Striker’s House. 1985.

October 6th ~ Staging Future Worlds: The Architectural Visions of László Rajk is the inaugural solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States. It will be on view at Valerie Goodman Gallery on East 91st Street.

October 6th ~ Walking Tour: Jewish Lower East Side hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street.

October 6th ~ Curious about design, architecture, and want to know more about what it’s like to work for an architecture firm? Join Studio Tour with nARCHITECTS for a tour in DUMBO.

October 7th ~ Teen Workshop: Architectural Photography will focus on developing fundamental architectural design skills and exploring the architecture of New York City. Hosted by Center for Architecture.

Rendering via theperelmancenter

October 8th ~ Building of the Day: Perelman Performing Arts Center.  Haven’t been yet? Here’s your chance.

October 8th ~ ‘T’ Space Nature Reserve located in Rhinebeck, New York. Guided tours of ‘T’ Space Gallery and the ‘T’ Space Reserve, which includes the Architectural Archive and Research Library, containing 1200 architectural models; the Ex of IN House, a 980-square-foot experimental residence; and the Installation Trail with temporary and permanent outdoor installations by Richard Nonas, Oscar Tuazon, and Arlene Shechet, among others.

Rhinebeck is also home to the historic Wyndclyffe Mansion and the Grasmere Estate, Soho House’s newest addition.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London by Gareth Gardner. ©Sir John Soane’s Museum

October 10th ~ Travel To: Sir John Shane’s Museum (A Virtual Tour).  Join Center for Architecture as they travel back to Georgian London for a live tour of Sir John Soane’s Museum, the extraordinary house of the British architect Sir John Soane (1753-1837). The house and extensive contents, carefully collected and displayed by Soane, were left to the nation through a private act of parliament in 1833 which stipulated that they be preserved as exactly the time of his death, giving the impression of an architectural time capsule.

Bamboo Cloud, an installation designed by IILab, Located at Gansevoort Plaza. Image courtesy NYCxDesign

NYCxDesign ~ October 12-18. NYCxDESIGN’s fall activation, Design Pavilion, serves to kickstart the months of preparation that lead towards NYCxDESIGN Festival 2024.  By highlighting architecture and sustainable building materials, these installations draw pubic attention to the City’s design industries, stellar sustainable practices and NYCxDESIGN’s role in gathering and galvanizing the broad coalition of design that powers New York City and enriches the world.

October 12th ~ Modernism, Inc. ~ Opening Night Film. Two ticket types to choose fromone includes after party, one is for the film only.

Architect Eliot Noyes is a transitional figure in the history of American design. Educated by Walter Gropius at Harvard, Noyes brings a modernist approach to corporate America. His impact on companies like IBM and Mobil paved the way for Apple and many of the other design-conscious brands we know today. Modernism, Inc. follows Noyes’ career up to a time when disruptive designers of the early 70s began pushing back against the status quo. This is Director Jason Cohn’s second film at ADFF, after Eames: The Architect and the Painter showed at the 2011 festival. With this year’s film, the director considers contemporary questions about the role of a designer in today’s world.

Following the film will be a Q+A with director Jason Cohn & producer Camille Servan-Schreiber.

October 13 ~ Chelsea Art Galleries. On this tour of Chelsea galleries with art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo, you will explore a selection of the most interesting works currently on view this.

Museum of the City of New York

October 14th ~ Keys to the City Scavenger Hunt: On Location in New York! Hosted by Museum of the City of New York. In honor of the Museum’s 100th birthday, teams will solve clues in connection with the Museum’s centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture

Secrets of Rockefeller Center Tour by Untapped New York

October 14th ~ Secrets of Rockefeller Center Tour ~

  • Walk through a lobby covered in gold
  • See a literal hidden gem of the complex: A sterling silver model airplane made by the Cartier company
  • Uncover a secret portal that ceremoniously marks the completion of Rockefeller Center’s construction (and is signed by John D. Rockefeller himself)
  • Decode the meaning behind the world famous art that covers the complex
  • Discover the surprising story behind the World famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree

October 14th ~ Women in Architecture, a film opening a window into the professional and personal lives of three female architects who changed their field: Yoshiko Mori, Gabriela Carrillo and Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, on view at Village East by Angelika, 189 Second Avenue. This film is screening with Clodagh, as part of ADFF:NY.

Giuliano Fiorenzoli, Image of the Home, 1978.

October 15th ~ Giuliano Fiorenzoli at ‘T’ Space. ‘T’ Space will feature an exhibition of the architecture of Giuliano Fiorenzoli. The Florentine-born architect worked with many great experimental studios in Italy before becoming a tenured professor at Pratt Institute, and practicing architecture in NYC. Location ~ Rhinebeck, NY.

October 17th ~ An Otomi Leader and an Architecture of Indigenous Reclamation. Tracing the story of a young leader of the Otomí resistance against the neoliberal state in Mexico City, this lecture focuses on the Indigenous appropriation of a building previously used by an assimilationist arm of the Mexican government. This program is part of the Alignments in the Indigenous Design Process series, developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Society of Architecture, Planning and Design.

Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street. Image Credit: Nicholas Venezia. Courtesy of Selldorf Architects.

October 20th ~ Building of the Day: Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street. This project is Selldorf’s first purpose-built, ground-up building for the gallery with the Gallery. Subtly articulated, various scaled volumes of space throughout the 36,000 sf structure feature natural light and flexible configurations.

While you’re there, enjoy Nicolas Party. Swamp and Ed Clark. The Big Sweep, only on view to October 21st.

October 21 ~ Open House New York 2023. In partnership with Open House New York and Archtober, they will open their doors to 1014 Fifth Avenue to visitors on October 21st and on October 22nd for a series of tours, panels, and more.

Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park

Climb to the top of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower with Open House New York on October 22nd from 1-3pm. Located in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.

October 20-22 ~ Open House New York Weekend!

October 23rd ~ Vertical Tour of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

One Madison Avenue. Image Credit: Motiv, KPF.

October 25th ~ Building of the Day: One Madison Avenue. The adaptive reuse of One Madison Avenue adds an 18-story tower atop an updated, mid-century podium. Structurally, this is achieved by deploying an innovative mega-column system to support the tower that minimizes interventions in the existing building.

(c) Matthew Carasella

October 27th ~ Pumpkitecture! Architectural Pumpkin Carving Competition. Start off your Halloween weekend at the Center for Architecture’s fifth annual Pumpkitecture! competition!New York City-based firms will go gourd to gourd to once again compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin.

October 28th ~ Ghosts of the Five Points. Join guide Lloyd Trufelman for a tour of the sites of the Old Brewery/Mission House, Bandit’s Roost, Collect Pond, and other places where the voices of Five Points echo through our modern streets.

Image credit: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

October 29th ~ Building of the Day: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Avenue on Staten Island. Designed by Marchais, the rustic complex of fieldstone buildings resembles a Tibetan monastery. These historic buildings represent the first Himalayan-style architecture to be built in the U.S., and the first museum in the world devoted solely to Tibetan art.


New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Sunday, October 29th ~ Remnants of the World’s Fairs Tour with Untapped New York ~ Didn’t make it to the 1939/40 or 1963/64 World’s Fairs? Well here’s your chance!

Explore the many remnants of the World’s Fairs in today’s Flushing Meadows-Corona Park including time capsules, Andy Warhol mosaics and more! Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has lived many lives from marshy tidal wetlands to an early 20th Century ash dump, to the site of not one, but two World’s Fairs. This Flushing Meadows tour explores the past, present, and future of this 900-acre park which was an obsession of the late “Master Builder,” Robert Moses. Join us as we lead you on a journey through Flushing Meadows’ many unnoticed treasures.

The tour ends at the Queens Museum where the New York Panorama, a 1964 World’s Fair remnant is on hand for viewing. It’s a must-see for any New Yorker or anyone visiting New York. Admission to the Queens Museum is included in this tour.

Photo Credit: Catie Newell of Alibi Studio

October 31st ~ Fariba Tehrani Lecture, Katie Newell: Architecture and Loss. Catie Newell develops material and optical assemblies that amplify our connection to a living and spinning earth. As the founding principal of the architecture and research practice Alibi Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Michigan’s Taubman College, Newell’s research and creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography. The work ranges in scale from buildings to products and explores the world most deeply with material systems and optical captures. Newell will share a series of architectural and design works that reinterpret existing spaces through intricate material changes and the focused presence of light and darkness.

In addition, there are plenty of Halloween activities including the October 27th Cocktails & Culture: New York Movies Halloween Bash at The Museum of the City of New York.

Check the Archtober 2023 Festival website for the full calendar of events.