Archtober 2023 – Bridging Divides
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Archtober 2023 – Bridging Divides

October 1-31, New York City will host the 13th edition of the architecture and design festival

Archtober 2023 – Bridging Divides
By Editorial Staff -

Archtober 2023, New York City’s architecture and design festival, will again bring the streets of the Big Apple to life from October 1–31. Now up to its 13th year, Archtober continues to be a successful platform for promoting the discovery of architecture and design through a busy program of events, exhibitions, and installations.

Throughout October, the five boroughs of New York City will come to life with exhibitions and activities aimed at raising awareness of the importance of architecture and design. Presented with the support of over 100 partners, the festival’s theme this year is Bridging Divides, reflecting a commitment to fostering inclusiveness, innovation, and interconnectedness among individuals, communities, and the spaces they occupy.

AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line, Around Manhattan Boat Tour Courtesy of Classic Harbor Line


The Archtober 2023 theme: Bridging Divides

“Bridging Divides points towards breaking down barriers within the field of architecture and design, as well as within the built environment that surrounds us,” says Archtober director Katie Mullen, summarizing the aim of the festival to deepening the commitment to inclusiveness, and the creation of communities of individuals with a close relationship with their environment and the spaces in which they live.

Many events focus on this theme, including the lecture series Alignments in the Indigenous Design Process, developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Society of Architecture, Planning and Design (ISAPD), which will present the design methodologies of indigenous populations that harness both artificial and natural elements.

Seven films from the Architecture & Design Film Festival will also be screened, all with themes related to Bridging Divides. This fall will see the Guggenheim launch the second iteration of Mind’s Eye: A Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York, an audio guide created to help people who are blind or have low vision discover the museum.

Building of the Day: 30 Morningside Courtesy of CetraRuddy


Unmissable highlights

The Archtober events program will take place right across the city. Highlights of the program include the exhibitions Staging Future Worlds: The Architectural Visions of László Rajk, at the Valerie Goodman Gallery, and Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism, at the Museum of Modern Art, put together by the Emilio Ambasz Institute. Both are dedicated to projects that have ecological and environmental issues at their core.

The popular Building of the Day series of architect-led tours will return, including the Robert Olnick Pavilion at Magazzino Italian Art, with Miguel Quismondo of MQ Architecture and Alberto Campo Baeza. There are also tours offered by Archtober’s partners, including of Little Island, scheduled for October 6, and Port Washington, on October 14.

Pumpkitecture © Matthew Carasella, courtesy Archtober

With Halloween just around the corner, on October 27 Pumpkitecture returns to the Center for Architecture, a pumpkin carving event that will see architects compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin.

Finally, the festival is continuing its partnership with Bloomberg Connects, the arts and culture app developed by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The guide on the app will let participants explore a variety of sites from their phone, allowing them to delve into some of New York City’s most iconic historical and contemporary projects.


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