October has officially arrived, bringing with it the promise of pumpkins, costumes, colorful foliage -- and most importantly for us architecture geeks -- Archtober! This vibrant celebration of design and architecture will activate the five boroughs of New York City with tours, talks, parties and exhibitions on every day of the month. There are so many events that it's difficult to figure out where to start, so we've made it a bit easier for you by compiling our picks for each day. Read on to get your RSVPs in.
Wednesday, October 1: Building of the Day: The Public Theater at Astor Place, 12:00pm
Thursday, October 2: Josep Gomez + Jordi Bonet Fall 2014 Sciame Lecture Series on Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece: The Sagrada Família Church, 6:30-8:30pm
A must for Gaudí fans. Learn more about the master’s famously unfinished Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona. More info here.
Friday, October 3: AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour, 10:00am and 1:30pm
Hosted by the American Institute of Architects’ NY chapter, this exciting series of guided boat tours allow you to experience the Big Apple’s buildings framed as a moving postcard along the water. Get tickets here.
Saturday, October 4: Sustainable Architecture & Industry Bike Tour, 11:00am
Pedal your way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and learn about its gradual transition from one of the nation’s foremost naval shipbuilding facilities to a sustainable urban industrial park. You’ll also get the scoop on the yard’s many green initiatives, from its adaptive reuse of historic structures to its alternative energy projects and the LEED Platinum-certified Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Get tickets here.
Sunday, October 5: Walking Tour: Grand Concourse in the Bronx, 11:00am
Take a walk with urban planner and lifelong Bronx resident Sam Goodman and get the inside scoop about one of New York City’s most celebrated boulevards: the Grand Concourse of Bronx County. Get tickets here.
Monday, October 6: Building of the Day: Tavern on the Green, 10:00am
Tuesday, October 7: What to Expect When You’re Renovating, 6-8pm
Thinking about renovating? Soak up some knowledge at this informative 2-hour overview of the process of renovating an apartment in NYC.Get tickets here.
Wednesday, October 8: Building of the Day: National September 11 Memorial Museum, 3PM
Experience one of NYC’s most important new buildings on this rare tour. Register here.
Thursday, October 9: Building of the Day: Kickstarter, 12PM
Step inside the new Kickstarter headquarters converted from an old pencil factory in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and check out its massive green roof, old-school library and light-filled offices. Register here.
Friday, October 10: Dwell on Design NY, 10AM-6PM
If you love Dwell magazine, don’t miss the first ever Dwell on Design in New York. Curated by the editors of the magazine, the show will feature informative talks, installations, tours and more. And don’t forget to use our code to get $10 off tickets.
Saturday, October 11: OpenHouse New York Weekend
OHNY Weekend is your all-access pass into some of the most interesting (and usually off-limits to the public) spaces in NYC. Click here for the full schedule. Additional tours on Sunday, October 12th.
Sunday, October 12: Walking Tour: Gowanus Vistas in Brooklyn, 2PM
The Gowanus Canal is shedding its reputation as one of the most polluted waterways in the U.S. Learn more about how the canal is being reborn by taking a stroll with architectural historian Francis Morrone. Get tickets here.
Monday, October 13: Building of the Day: The Museum at Eldridge Street, 12PM
“It is possible to be awestruck by the exotic splendor of this meticulously restored sanctuary,” said The New York Times’ Edward Rothstein of the Museum at Eldridge Street. Explore the wonders of this relatively under-the-radar landmark with architects Benjamin D. Kracauer and Reuben Jackson. Register here.
Tuesday, October 14: Heritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar, 6:30PM-8:30PM
“The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict.” Join the World Monuments Fund to learn more about how people are battling to conserve global sites that tell that tale of our cultural history. Get tickets here.
Wednesday, October 15: Architecture & Design Film Festival Opening Night, 6PM-11PM
Get a new perspective into the world of architecture at the Architecture & Design Film Festival. The nation’s largest film festival celebrating architecture and design will offer more than 30 films and Q&As with design leaders and film makers from around the world. Get tickets here.
Thursday, October 16: Building of the Day: Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing, 12PM
Tour the modular post-disaster housing prototype being tested by the New York City Office of Emergency Management as a solution for future emergency situations. Register here.
Friday, October 17: Counter Culture: Factory Tour of IceStone, 10AM
Walk through IceStone’s manufacturing facility and see how it turns waste glass into beautiful new surfaces. Get tickets here.
Saturday, October 18: Building of the Day: Navy Green Supportive Housing, 12PM
Navy Green Supportive Housing is a residential facility for homeless individuals with mental illness and/or chemical addiction. The vibrant building was designed by Curtis + Ginsberg Architects for the NYSERDA Multi-family Performance Program and LEED ND certification. Register here.
Sunday, October 19: Building of the Day: Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University, 3PM
Explore Steven Holl’s LEED-Gold sports center at Columbia University. Get tickets here.
Monday, October 20: Tour of PS 261 Playground, a NYC Green Infrastructure Schoolyard, 1:30PM
Step onto one of NYC’s first green infrastructure schoolyard playgrounds and learn about how the site does double duty to capture water during rainfalls in addition to providing a fun and safe place for kids to play. Register here.
Tuesday, October 21: Guided Tour of Governors Island, New Park and Public Spaces, 4PM
Photo: Jim Henderson
Wednesday, October 22: Remains of the Stay: Old Hotel Tours at Schermerhorn Row, 6PM
You’ve probably passed Schermerhorn Row before but do you know about its storied past? Here’s a chance to get firsthand look at the site’s Old Hotel and Fulton Ferry Laundry. Get tickets here.
Thursday, October 23: Maker Matters: LEED and Local Sourcing in Construction, 6PM
Join a discussion with local manufacturers and service providers to learn more about how sourcing local materials can help your project meet the USGBC’s LEED certification requirements. Get tickets here.
Friday, October 24: Building of the Day: Kings County Distillery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 12PM
Saturday, October 25: Day of Impact: Giving back through Architecture & Design, All Day
Use your elbow grease and design eye to help give back to NYC communities by participating in Architecture for Humanity New York’s first annual Day of Impact, a day of service projects that will create a positive social impact to areas of need. See all of the opportunities for participation here.
Sunday, October 26: Louis Kahn Contemporary: Talk and Tour of FDR Four Freedoms Park, 1:30PM
Hear William Whitaker, curator of the Louis I. Kahn Collection at the University of Pennsylvania, speak about the FDR Four Freedoms Park and its famed architect. Get tickets here.
Monday, October 27: Landscape Design Portfolios Lecture Series – Lisa Switkin: The High Line and Beyond, 6:30PM
Join landscape architect Lisa Switkin, principal at James Corner Field Operations, as she presents her working methods and design philosophy for signature projects such as the High Line, the Domino Sugar Waterfront, Tongva Park, and the Race Street Pier. Get tickets here.
Tuesday, October 28: Building of the Day: Times Square Reconstruction, 12PM
Wednesday, October 29: Inside the New Whitney Museum, 6PM
Sneak a peek inside the much-anticipated new Whitney Museum of American Art. Scott Newman, partner at Cooper, Robertson & Partners and partner-in-charge of the new Whitney Museum in collaboration with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, will lead this exciting preview of the building’s interiors. Get tickets here.
Thursday, October 30: Building of the Day: Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, 12PM
The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility is a processing center for New York City’s recyclables, and is, itself, one of the greenest buildings in they city. Explore all of the innovative sustainable features the site, designed by Selldorf Architectes, has to offer. Get tickets here.
Photo: Eric W.
Friday, October 31: Halloween Walking Tour of Uptown Trinity Church Cemetery, 3PM
Get your Halloween evening started early by walking through the last functioning burial ground left in Manhattan. Get tickets here.