Archinect's Must-Do Picks for Archtober 2013 - Week 4 (Oct. 25-31)
New York City's month-long design festival: Archtober
Archtober–New York City's Architecture and Design Month–is starting next week! The anticipated festival from Oct. 1-31, 2013 continues to grow with an amazing variety of exhibitions, conferences, films, tours, and other activities to celebrate the importance of architecture and design in everyday life.
Now in its third year, we at Archinect & Bustler are proud to once again be Archtober's digital media sponsors.
Here's our fourth and final list of some exciting highlights from Archtober's long event list that you should check out for Week 4, Oct. 25-31:
Great Design Then and Now | Oct. 25
Join Marie Warsh, Central Park Conservancy's Director of Preservation Planning, for an in-depth tour of Central Park's north end, including visits to the woodland's rustic bridges, recently reconstructed playgrounds, and other more modern additions, and a discussion of how these places reflect the larger evolution of recreation and urban park design.
Walking Tour: Terminal City: The Early Years | Oct. 26
With the opening of Grand Central Terminal in 1913, midtown Manhattan was forever changed. Learn from architectural historian Matt Postal about the aesthetic principles and zoning ordinance that guided the neighborhood's development and shaped its architectural character
Walking Tour - The High Line and New Architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village | Oct. 26
View a stunning variety of new architecture in West Chelsea and the Far West Village, as well as the innovative design of the High Line around which it is clustered.
"Growing Green" Sustainability Bicycle Tour of the Navy Yard | Oct. 27
Discover the natural world in the midst of a thriving urban industrial park on this bicycle and walking tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where you'll explore New York City's waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms.
The Sacred Departed: Halloween at Woodlawn Cemetery walking tour | Oct. 27
This twilight tour of The Woodlawn Cemetery with Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Services for Woodlawn, will explore multiple perspectives of the Halloween season. Anticipated visits include: the Belmont mausoleum, the Woolworth family mausoleum, the mausoleum of Olive Thomas Pickford (the spirit that haunts Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre), and the Ruth Snyder memorial at Sing Sing Prison.
Art Deco Days: Garment District walking tour | Oct. 27
Join architectural historian Anthony W. Robins for a tour of this district that is particularly rich in the works of French-trained architects George and Edward Blum and modernist master Ely Jacques Kahn, but also includes lesser-known architectural delights.
Oculus Book Talk: Phyllis Lambert, Building Seagram in Conversation with Barry Bergdoll | Oct. 28
Phyllis Lambert, Hon. FAIA, will present her new book "Building Seagram" (published by Yale University Press), a comprehensive personal and scholarly history of the iconic 20th century building and its architectural, cultural, and urban legacies.
Archtober Building of the Day: Queens Central Library, Children’s Library Discovery Center | Oct. 30
Tour time: 1-30-2:30 pm
Completed under the auspices of the New York City Design and Construction Excellence program, the Children’s Library Discovery Center is a 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition to the existing Queens Central Library building. The glowing glass façade is a beacon in the surrounding community and is elemental in increasing the library’s visibility and reintroducing it as a central cultural and social destination.
Archtober Building of the Day: Sean Kelly Gallery | Oct. 31
Tour Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Pioneering a growing neighborhood of New York City, Sean Kelly Gallery is a 22,000 square foot exhibition space, one of the first in the rapidly developing community adjacent to Hudson Yards and the third extension of the High Line. The tour will be led by Hye-Young Chung of Toshiko Mori Architect.
Now with all four weeks of Archtober highlighted, all that's left is counting down the days 'til Oct. 1. Be on the lookout for more Archtober goods here on Archinect and Bustler.
And in case you haven't seen our picks from Weeks 1-3, check 'em out here.
For the complete list of events from October 1st through 31st, head over to the Archtober online calendar, download & print the Archtober guide, like the Facebook page, or follow Archtober on Twitter, YouTube, and its blog.