Your Guide to “Archtober”
October is a time for enjoying cool, crisp days and beautiful fall foliage. In New York City it is also Archtober, Architecture and Design Month, a time to take in some of the architectural wonders of the city, to learn more about building design and designers, and to discover hidden gems or see old favorites in new ways. This October marks the fifth anniversary of Archtober, and below are just a few of the ways you can participate in the month-long festival in person and online.
Building of the Day
Archtober makes it easy to learn about New York City buildings with a calendar that features a Building of the Day. Each day, the highlighted building is accessible via an architect-guided tour for just $10. For those who can’t make it to a tour, the Archtober Blog provides photos and information about each building.
The AIA New York Center for Architecture and Center @ the Seaport are your Archtober hubs for the month, hosting an Archtober Lounge and Archtober Hall, respectively. Admission to both of these spaces is free.
Seaport Culture District
Speaking of the Seaport, the Seaport Culture District is a must-visit during Archtober. Center @ the Seaport is just a part of the District, which features Archtober lectures throughout the month. There are interactive opportunities for learning and sharing, including lunchtime and after work events, workshops, photography classes, and more. From learning about cultural landmarks to sessions on trash and sustainability of coastlines, topics are diverse and appeal to a variety of interests. An extensive number of architectural exhibitions and installations round out the experience.
Guests of The Benjamin and locals can tie in Archtober activities with the Inspiration program, which includes a photography exhibit, a free weekly music event, and a monthly schedule packed with original screenings, events, and talks, led by visionaries and thought leaders, designed to enrich the mind and enhance cultural knowledge.