Archtober Highlights

Autumn is finally here. The days have begun to cool, the leaves will begin to change soon, and I can start thinking about breaking out the slightly darker black tactleneck again. But most importantly of all, Archtober is almost upon us.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month. A month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, lectures, and exhibitions taking place across the city throughout the month of October. Focused on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life, the festival raises awareness of the important role of design in our city and the richness of New York’s built environment. So, while you might be busy with a big project or kicking off the new semester, it is worth carving out some time over the next couple weeks to take in a few of the highlights.

The official calendar is simply loaded with learning and inspiration opportunities, couple this with the plethora of “unofficial” events happening this month and it can get a little overwhelming… but because we know you don’t need any more stress in your life we have done some of the leg work for you. Below is a selection of our 15 most highly recommended events (both official and unofficial) for Archtober, 2016:
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Graphics & Representation Resources

Architectural Graphics & Representation Resources

Production should be able to focus on design and communication. You have more important things to do in studio than fumble with inefficient means or insufficient resources. Over the years we have spent countless hours Googleing our way out of these situations and amassed a vast collection of reliable resources… so you don’t have to. …Continue reading >>

Alternate Summer Paths

Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, Co-founders of Architecture for Humanity.
Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, Co-founders of Architecture for Humanity.
Image Source: http://www.publicinterestdesign.org

As the end of April approaches, architecture students everywhere are feverishly hunting for work to fill the summer gap between semesters. Unless you’re privileged enough to already have a position lined up through a well-established contact, you may soon find yourself out of luck and left considering unpaid “internships”… We suggest looking for something a little different that will also help set your CV apart from the crowd. Consider looking for a volunteer position instead! We’ve already taken some of the work off your hands and scoured the internet for a variety of architecturally relevant opportunities. …Continue reading >>

Spring Escapes

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York

After an arduous and frigid winter, the rationale for stepping out of the studio and back into the warmth of the spring sun should need little justification. However, if you’re like most architecture students you may be in need of some extra architectural motivation to vindicate your escape from the confines of thesis prep, preparing for your structures finals and the like. Here are a few quick reads to take to the park, some current films to help you justify taking an evening break, and various exhibits that may just do the trick. …Continue reading >>

Feature: Architecture & Film

Critical Architecture Films

Whether we are talking about architecture in film, as subject, scenery, or character, or talking about spatial sequencing, framing, or projected imagery, a la architecture as film, or about the narrative organization or construct, i.e. the architecture, of a film there is no denying the inseparable nature of these two mediums. The relationship between architecture and film has been around as long as there has been architecture and film. An understanding of this symbiotic relationship can provide insight into the field, a new way of looking at the built environment, but also key ammunition in rationalizing taking a night off from studio. With this, we invite you to check out our new Architecture & Film resources. …Continue reading >>