Celebrating Archtober: Waterfronts, Museums, and More

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront, Long Island City.

The 10th annual Archtober is upon us. The month-long celebration of architecture and design, which is hosted in New York City, has gone digital to help participants comply with social-distancing recommendations, which means that hundreds of events are now open to aesthetes and trendsetters around the globe.

Keep reading to learn about the Archtober events that we’re looking forward to this year!

Tune into the livestream on October 7 to catch the Center for Architecture’s Building of the Day: Hunter’s Point South Waterfront, which will feature a virtual tour of a newly created waterfront park and wetlands area.

Designed with special attention to protecting the Long Island City waterfront from flooding, the Hunter’s Point South Waterfront brings 1.5 acres of new wetlands to the river’s edge, creating a “soft” barrier cut through with walking paths and dotted with recreational features, including a kayak launch and a cantilevered overlook with panoramic Manhattan skyline views.

A week later, the New York Public Library will present a virtual event for children 4-11 and their caregivers, focused around Faith Ringgold’s classic book Tar Beach.

As part of the MAD (Museum of Arts and Design) Reads! program, this event will feature a reading and discussion of the book, followed by a guided arts and crafts session where participants will use simple materials found around the house to recreate their personal story from memory. Then all the participants’ artworks will be uploaded and woven together into one massive digital quilt collage.

The Building of the Day on October 20 will be La Mansana de Chinati; attendees will receive a virtual tour of Donald Judd’s artistically and architecturally significant home, hosted by Caitlin Murray, who is the Director of Archives and Programs at the Judd Foundation.

Located in Marfa, Texas, La Mansana de Chinati is a monument to Judd’s pioneering minimalist work and thinking, which influenced fine art and architecture throughout the second half of the 20th century. The house features Judd’s working spaces and his personal library and archives, and Murray will be on-hand to answer questions about this iconic artist.

Closing out our list is one of Archtober’s traditional highlights, the Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture on excellence in museum design, presented by the American Institute of Architects New York.

This year’s speaker, Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has been at the forefront of museum design for decades, and her work on such notable projects in New York as the MoMA Expansion and The Shed makes her a perfect fit to address how design can help art institutions adapt in a changing urban environment.

Check out the Archtober schedule for more great opportunities to celebrate architecture and design this month, no matter where you are. And visit our Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages to view some of Knightsbridge Park’s favorite projects and events taking place throughout October.