What To Do This "Archtober"

It's about a week-and-a-half until Archtober, "the second annual month-long festival of architecture
activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City." So it's time to start planning what to do, where to go, and what to see. Below are a few of the highlights, but check out Archtober's calendar or download their PDF guide for a list of all the events taking place next month.

Dwell and New York Magazine have teamed up for a week of home tours, design studio tours, panel discussions, and an exhibition. Tickets are now available. Many of the events are free for readers of this blog; just click this link and enter nypress12 in the Promotional Code field.

Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide 2
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is hosting a symposium at the Museum of the City of New York on October 5 that "engage[s] experts with a range of relevant experience in the field of landscape architecture and environmental design in a discussion of woodland restoration and management in Central Park." October 4 is a reception at El Museo del Barrio, and symposium registration includes tours as part of What's Out There Weekend NYC on the 6th and 7th.

The 10th anniversary of Open House New York, a weekend when buildings open their doors to the public, is sure to be packed to the gills with some great places to visit and tours to attend. But the full schedule, and reservations for many of the events, won't happen until September 27. I'd recommend signing up for their newsletter because many of the events fill up very quickly -- quickly like the Black Keys at Madison Square Garden.

DOCOMOMO is an international organization that works for the preservation of modern architecture. One of the most important buildings in New York City in this regard is Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal at JFK Airport. The organization's NY/Tri-State chapter is teaming up with OHNY to host a free open house from 10am to 4pm.

"The Guggenheim and Unsound host a variety show featuring architects, artists, scientists, musicians, politicians, and philosophers... [to] wrap up the cycle of editions in the New York project and start a larger conversation about how man-made environments can be reconceived, reshaped, and redesigned to provide increased opportunities for calm and stillness." Purchase tickets via the link above.

BIts & Mortar: Architecture in the Age of Digital Communication
AIANY presents "a one-and-a-half day symposium that will bring together some of the most influential thinkers and achievers in design, technology, fabrication and publishing to discuss ways in which the discipline of architecture – enabled by fundamental technological advances– can re-establish itself as a driver of cultural change beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline." Sunday keynote is Frank Gehry.

Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week
"During National Design Week, Cooper-Hewitt's award-winning Education Department hosts a series of free public programs based on the vision and work of the National Design Awards honorees. National Design Week culminates with the National Design Awards gala ceremony."

Architecture and Design Film Festival
"This year's festival at Tribeca Cinemas will offer more than 25 films from around the world, panel discussions with design leaders and filmmakers and architectural driving tours of lower Manhattan."

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Opens to the Public
The memorial designed by Louis I. Kahn four decades ago finally opens. Don't want to wait until the 24th? Reserve a spot for the October 19 open house -- I did. Related is a book talk at Aperture on the 30th with Barney Kulok (who photographed the construction of Four Freedoms Park) and Joel Smith.

Designers and Books Fair
The first Designers and Books Fair takes place at FIT with two days of programs and an exhibition of architecture and design publishers. The three-day event starts with a keynote on the 26th: Designing the Future of the Design Book.