Now in its 13th year, Archtober once again invites the public to view new buildings, exhibitions, films, and more

Busy Season

Now in its 13th year, Archtober once again invites the public to view new buildings, exhibitions, films, and more

Archtober is back for its 13th year. It runs from October 1–31. (Courtesy AIANY)

With the easygoing pace of summer months now behind us, fall programming has kicked into full gear. In case you missed it, AN already rounded up some of the architecture and design festivals happening this fall. Among the forthcoming events is Archtober, a month-long festival, hosted by AIA New York, highlighting architecture across the five boroughs and surrounding metropolitan areas.

Whether you’re hoping to check out a new building, revisit the work of some of history’s greatest architects, or partake in a pumpkin carving competition to win the Pritzkerpumpkin, Archtober is one event this fall worth checking out.

The list of events, lectures, exhibitions, and tours for the 13th iteration of Archtober is extensive, with over 100 collaborators, among these museums, cultural organizations, libraries, and parks. It encompasses regularly-scheduled events in addition to special access to buildings and those who designed them. This is the first year the festival has set a theme, Bridging Divides, of which some programs will be aligned with.

Take a tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Demian Neufeld/Courtesy AIANY)

“As the post-pandemic world continues to shape shift, the Archtober platform has also introduced its first-ever theme for 2023,” said Katie Mullen, director of Archtober and director of exhibitions and programs, Center for Architecture, in a statement. “Bridging Divides points towards breaking down barriers within the field of architecture and design, as well as within the built environment that surrounds us.”

Brooklyn’s new art center Powerhouse Arts will be open as a Building of the Day tour. (© Albert Vecerka/Esto/Courtesy AIANY)

Returning for 2023 due to popular demand is the Building of the Day series highlighting 31 buildings with in-person tours. AN readers will be familiar with several of these buildings, including the new Powerhouse Arts facility in Brooklyn, Philip Johnson’s revamped 550 Madison, the recently-opened Robert Olnick Pavilion at Magazzino Italian Art, the Bronx Children’s Museum, the new High Line – Moynihan Connector, and the REX’s new Perelman Performing Arts Center in Lower Manhattan.

Other buildings and sites in New York City offering tours are The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Little Island park, and Grace Farms in Connecticut.

At ‘T’ Space will be an exhibition on the architecture of Giuliano Fiorenzoli. (Paul Warchol/Courtesy AIANY)

Among the program listings are also several exhibitions that continue into the month of October, notably, at the Center for Architecture with an exhibition of Janna Ireland photography on the work of architect Paul R. Williams and at Steven Holl’s ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck, New York: a show on the architecture of Giuliano Fiorenzoli.

Archtober also coincides with the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) running from October 11–15. The showcase will feature 14 videos, among these a documentary on life and legacy of architect B.V. Doshi, a look at the work of architect Eliot Noyes, and footage of patients undergoing rehab at Herzog & de Meuron’s REHAB center in Basel.

ADFF will host a viewing of Modernism, Inc. (Courtesy AIANY)

Also happening in October is the annual debut of the Design Pavilion from NYCxDESIGN. From October 12–22 this year’s iteration will encompass three installations, located at Hudson River Park, Gansevoort Plaza, and One World Trade Center.

Archtober runs from October 1—31. The full list of events can be found here.