Explore NYC’s best architecture!

TWA restaurant at JFK, repurposed TWA terminal designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962
TWA restaurant at JFK, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962. Building of the Day October 6.

Hi, everyone!

October begins Monday, but this great month-long event gets sold out long before. New York City’s Architecture and Design month goes by the name Archtober and is a long list of great lectures, tours, panel discussions and stories about buildings and spaces around the city, and the people who make them. Museums and schools get involved and everyone learns cool stuff.

The Helen Hayes Theatre, one of NYC's legendary historic Broadway theatres.
The Helen Hayes Theatre, one of NYC’s legendary historic Broadway theatres. Building of the Day October 15.


Archtober 2018

Every day features a different Building of the Day. The program includes tours of that building, and often accompanying lectures and panels on the design issues the architecture addresses.

The Shed: an artists' space on 30th street. Building of the Day October 26.
The Shed: an artists’ space on 30th street. Building of the Day October 26.

Open House New York is the accompanying program that plans tours for spaces all over the 5 boroughs. The tour weekend is October 10-14 this year. These are designed to educate the participants about the issues involved in planning urban spaces. It is a celebration of design organized by people who are passionate on the subject.

Projects in Planning program: Study projects from conception to completion

NYC museums participate as well. Several each year plan exhibitions to complement Archtober programs. Here is this year’s listing. This year the Cooper Hewitt has two that sound especially relevant to FIT’s programs.

One is focused on color and how it works:

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color

The other looks into design that interacts with the other non-sight senses:

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Of particular interest are the many presentations tying types of architecture to social/cultural movements, such as Hip Hop, or the recent interest in sustainability.

October 1 Lecture: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture

October 1 Program: World Habitat Day

1 John Street. Building of the Day October 1.
1 John Street, Brooklyn. Building of the Day October 1.
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