Projects Inspired by Sukkah City
Sukkah City has inspired a movement of experimental Sukkah projects around the globe, from San Diego to Sydney, from St. Louis to Toronto. Learn more about some of the projects that have drawn on the work Sukkah City:
Succah by the Sea (Sydney, Australia – Shalom Australia): Scupture by the Sea 2019 reimagined the 3000-year-old ritual and structure of the sukkah through a 21st-century lens. The ritual of Sukkot directly wrestles with the challenges of the global citizen, raising questions about topics ranging from homelessness and displacement to environmentalism, impermanence, the definition of perfection, and social isolation. Learn more about Succah by the Sea.
SukkahPDX (Portland, OR – Oregon Jewish Museum):The annual SukkahPDX exhibit incorporates six sukkahs created by design teams from Italy, California, Maine, and Oregon. The competition is held in Portland at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. SukkahPDX is open to artists and designers nationally and internationally and each team receives a modest supply stipend to build their team’s sukkah in addition to a plan to reuse the materials in the Portland area following the exhibition. Learn more about SukkahPDX.
Sukkot at the Ranch (San Deigo, CA – Leichtag Foundation): The Sukkah Design Competition in 2014 invited designers to reimagine the ancient temporary structure known as a Sukkah, which has been built during the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot since biblical times. It is customary, within the temporary walls of the Sukkah, to share meals, entertain, and rejoice. Three reimagined sukkah designs were chosen by judges from a pool of 17 submissions from California, New York, and Washington D.C. They were built and displayed in Encinitas, Calif. Learn more about Sukkot at the Ranch.
Sukkahville (Toronto, Canada – Kehilla Residential Programme): Sukkahville 2014 was an international design competition, exhibition, and awareness-raising event organized by Kehilla, a Toronto-based organization supporting local communities. The mission of sukkahville was to highlight Kehilla’s affordable housing efforts.The event helped generate an important conversation about affordable housing, raised public awareness through an interactive Sukkah exhibition and generated funds for its Rental Assistance Program to help those who need a home. Learn more about Sukkahville
Sukkot Harvest Festival (San Diego, CA – Leichtag Foundation): Sukkot at the Ranch 2013 encompassed three themed sukkahs representing light, water, and earth. A community-enriching project celebrating the holiday of Sukkot with the help of students from the New School of Architecture and Design, Sukkot at the Ranch was an opportunity to educate the community of the city of Encinitas, California about sustainable and organic agriculture. Learn more about the Sukkot Harvest Festival
Sukkah City STL (St. Louis, MO – Washington University): Through the lens of contemporary art and architecture, 10 cutting-edge sukkahs created by architects and designers from around the nation were installed on the campus of Washington University, St. Louis in 2011 and 2014. The competition was sponsored by St. Louis Hillel, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and The Museum of ImaJewnation.
Sukkah City Film (New York, NY – Oxbow Lake Films): Sukkah City, a 2013 film featuring the architecture competition created by bestselling author Joshua Foer and Reboot co-founder Roger Bennett, explores the creative capacity of the ancient Jewish sukkah. The Sukkah City competition picked 12 radically designed sukkahs reinvented for the 21st Century that was built in a temporary exhibition in the heart of New York City. Learn more and watch.
Now, for the first time, Reboot and Sukkah City project creators have a set of materials that can help future creatives and communities who want to create their own version of Sukkah City. We hope you will find these to be both informative and inspirational, and also know that each version of this project has its own special context and take on this ancient yet still engaging form of architecture and ritual. Learn more here.