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Walking Around Union Square Taking in Sukkah City | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Walking Around Union Square Taking in Sukkah City

Sukkah City
Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle, Idaho

Sukkah City
Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu

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Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu

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Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen of New York City

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Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen of New York City

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LOG by Kyle May and Scott Abrahams

Sukkah City
LOG by Kyle May and Scott Abrahams

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Single Thread by Matter Practice

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Repetition meets Difference | Stability meets Volatileness by Matthias Karch

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Sukkah of the Signs by Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello

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Sukkah of the Signs by Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello

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180 of Union Square

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Fractured Bubble by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan of Long Island City

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Fractured Bubble by Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan of Long Island City

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Time/Timeless by Peter Sagar

Architecture is one of those constants that is always around—a person can’t really escape an urban area that hasn’t been considered by a person. But there’s also the part of architecture that is viewed on screen that rarely makes it outside into air. When I first came across the idea of Sukkah City (Biblical in origin, the sukkah is an ephemeral, elemental shelter, erected for one week each fall, in which it is customary to share meals, entertain, sleep, and rejoice.) from various sites I was intrigued. The structures looked cool but I wondered how they would relate once built and people were interacting with them.

I got my chance to compare what I thought looked best on screen to what worked best on the sidewalk of Union Square. On the screen my fav was Gathering by Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen—it was unlike anything I had seen before. Seeing it in person I still liked it a lot. It seemed pretty solid and maintained my interest. However there were a couple others that I missed on paper that when built really came together. In the use of materials and form I really liked Shim Sukkah by tinder, tinker of Sagle and Star Cocoon by Volkan Alkanoglu. They both bent materials in ways to create structures that I’d like to spend time in. While the Star Cocoon felt more of a personal space, the contrast of the Shim Sukkah would be an interesting environment to gather with friends.

If there was one consistent, it was that each unique design felt at home at Union Square projecting very different personalities. Contrasting the scale of the Log with the messages of Sukkah of the Signs was amazing. Coming from very two different directions each made an impact which is all I could ask for on a Sunday afternoon.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Sukkah City

NEW YORK MAGAZINE: Sukkah vs. Sukkah

BLDGBLOG: Sukkah City Approaches

CORE77: Sukkah City Arrives in Union Square

NYT: A Harvest of Temporary Shelters

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