Cozy cardigans, apple picking and pumpkin spice everything are all reasons to love October, but there's another reason we look forward to the tenth month of the year here in New York City--and you're missing out if you haven't heard about it yet. Organized by the Center for Architecture and American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), Archtober is a month-long festival of architecture and design spanning all five boroughs with a full schedule of talks, tours and exhibitions celebrating our built environment. Whether you're a designer, architect or just someone who appreciates the beauty and functionality of the structures we live, work, and play in, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We rounded up some of Archtober's can't-miss events, from tours through some of the city's most sustainable buildings to a boozy LEGO building competition to a day of giving back through design. Read on to get all of these on your calendar!
BUILDING OF THE DAY TOURS
It’s not hard to see why Archtober’s Building of the Day tours are a fan favorite. Granting access to some of the city’s most interesting structures–a different one for each day of October–the tours will give visitors the inside scoop on buildings they might never have stepped foot in otherwise. This year’s subjects include the otherworldly New York Hall of Science Great Hall in Queens, the pristine World Trade Center Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan, the fruitful NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm, the idyllic Staten Island Zoo Carousel Enclosure, Manhattan’s iconic Flatiron building, the new Whitney Museum building on the High Line, the state-of-the-art Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, and 23 other buildings that are just waiting to be explored. Check out the full schedule here.
BRICKS AND BEVERAGES
LEGO and libations? We can’t think of a better way to get the creative juices flowing. Hosted by the Center for Architecture and LEGO, “Bricks and Beverages” invites you to participate in three brick building challenges, and the winning team will receive a LEGO prize, as well as endless glory. Click here for more info. And for younger future-architects, don’t miss LEGO’s two other Archtober events for teens and kids.
HIDDEN BROOKLYN: SIMS RECYCLING PLANT
It’s a marvel of modern technology hidden right in plain sight in our city, and yet very few New Yorkers have gotten to go inside the SIMS Recycling Plant. All that will change when the plant invites the public inside on Wednesday, Archtober 7 to learn about its sustainable initiatives and state-of-the-art facility. Click here for tickets.
ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY NIGHT AND DAY OF IMPACT
Now in its second year, AFHny’s Day of Impact is a chance for architects and design professionals to give back to the city we love through a day of service helping organizations like Rebuilding Together NYC, Publicolor, New York Cares, New York Restoration Project, Partnership for Parks, CITYarts, the LES Ecology Center and the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden. This year’s Day of Impact will take place on Saturday, Archtober 17, but AFHny invites all volunteers to join in for some drinks, fun and fellowship at their Night of Impact event the night before on Friday, Archtober 16.
DWELL MANHATTAN HOME TOURS
The best way to satisfy your inner voyeur (without being arrested), Dwell magazine’s Manhattan Home Tours is one of the hottest Archtober tickets. This year’s home tours will take place on Saturday, Archtober 3 as part of Dwell on Design New York, and passholders will be able to soak in some serious interior design inspiration by stepping inside five spectacular New York residences. Click here for tickets.
SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND INDUSTRY BROOKLYN NAVY YARD BIKE TOUR
Combining two things we hold near and dear to our hearts–biking and sustainable architecture–this tour will be your opportunity to put the pedal to the metal and learn all about the Yard’s transformation from a naval shipbuilding facility to an urban industrial park. Take a trip into the past by visiting the yard’s historic 1851 dry dock, and then wheel into the future at BLDG 92, the U.S.’s first LEED Platinum-certified multi-story industrial building. Click here to register.
SPRINGVILLE GREENWAY OPENING
Help Freshkills Park ring in its newest addition–the Springville Greenway–at an opening celebration on Archtober 4! Walk of bring your bike to test out the new 3.2-mile path along Richmond Avenue and enjoy snacks, drinks and a killer view. With all of the nature surrounding you, you might just forget that the site used to be one of the largest garbage dumps in the world!
SEAPORT MUSEUM TOURS
Unlock the secrets of the Seaport Historic District with the South Street Seaport Museum’s special series of tours including their Hidden History of the Brooklyn Bridge walk through the iconic structure’s underground rooms, clandestine vaults and fortified bomb shelter. Head over to the museum’s website for more info and to see their other Archtober events.
AIANY ARCHITECTURE BOAT TOURS
AIANY’s Around Manhattan Boat Tours are a wonderful opportunity to see the city’s architectural gems from a totally new perspective on the water. Led by knowledgeable AIANY Architecture Tour Committee members, the waterborne adventures take passengers on an educational and scenic loop around Manhattan aboard the Classic Harbor Line’s stately yacht by the same name.
Are you ready for Archtober? Check out the full calendar of events here.
Lead image: LEGO