In 2010, the Sukkah City architecture competition aimed to reinvent the sukkah?a temporary shelter built for the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot?in an architecturally interesting and quirky way. A panel of well-known architects and archicritics, including Thom Mayne and Paul Goldberger, chose a dozen finalists from more than 600 entries, and those finalists went on display in Union Square. The sukkahs are returning to Union Square again?this time in the form of an outdoor screening of Sukkah City, the new movie about the competition. It will be screened in Union Square's north plaza this Sunday, September 22, at 7 p.m.. UPDATE: The film will also be screened on Monday, September 23, and Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the JCC in Manhattan. Those two screenings will be followed by Q&As with competition jury members and architects.
How the film's creator, Jason Hutt, describes it:
The film tracks the competition from jury day, as an all-star cast of architects, academics and critics (Thom Mayne, Paul Goldberger, Ron Arad) debate the merits of the 600 submissions; to the construction, installation and exhibition of the twelve winning structures in Union Square in the heart of New York City; and the critical and popular response of some of the 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition.