When you look up at the New York skyline and start seeing red and orange leaves, it’s a sure sign that it’s time for Archtober, the city’s month-long celebration of design and the built environment. Organized by the Center for Architecture, Archtober is truly citywide, with events happening in all five boroughs. The public library systems in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens are taking part, too, to demonstrate how their buildings serve the population of America’s biggest metropolis.
For architecture buffs who love documentaries, the five-day Architecture and Design Film Festival, which runs through October 20th, offers screenings of 25 new films at Cinépolis Chelsea and SVA Theater. Among the highlights is the inspiring City Dreamers, which tells the story of four female architects who changed the shape of their profession: Denise Scott Brown, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Phyllis Lambert, and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Visit adfilmfest.com for tickets and details.
Open House New York Weekend, which begins on October 18th, hosts tours, talks, and performances at municipal, historical, business, and residential sites that are normally closed to the public, including the dramatic modernist buildings Marcel Breuer designed for Bronx Community College and the cottage where Edgar Allan Poe wrote some of his most famous works.
Can’t get enough urban mystery? Untapped New York offers walking tours of the New York City icons you think you know. Visit Grand Central Terminal on October 19 and marvel at its hidden tennis courts, peer inside its glass walkways, discover its secret design flaw, and find priceless jewels hidden in plain sight, among other surprises.
Knightsbridge Park’s very own Flatiron District and neighboring NoMad are open for exploration during the Design Showroom Cocktail Crawl on October 23rd. Interior designers and architects are invited to join The Architect’s Newspaper for an insider’s tour of the top furniture design studios, tile makers, and wallpaper and fabric designers in the city. And for those who think big, on October 25th, the Municipal Art Society’s “Fight for Light: 2019 Summit for New York City,” with New Yorkers for Parks, will explore the impact of air and light on public health, the economy, and the social fabric of the city.
Last but not least, in the spirit of the season, the Pumpkitecture! Architectural Pumpkin Carving Competition will take place on October 25th at the Center for Architecture. You get to watch as twenty top New York architecture firms face off in their bid to win the coveted “Pritzkerpumpkin” for a pumpkin-crafted tower of their design. In fairness, a “People’s Pumpkin” award will be selected by popular demand, so don’t miss your chance to vote.
Take a look at the various projects Knightsbridge Park represents across the country, including LEED-certified properties and buildings designed by prominent “starchitects.” Get in contact with us if you’re looking to elevate your project above the rest!