Design Competition: Call for Entries

Re-imagining the ancient structure through a contemporary lens is the assignment for entries into the Sukkay City Austin Design Competition.

A Sukkah is an ancient temporary structure, biblical in origin, that is traditionally erected for one week to commemorate the holiday of Sukkot, celebrating the autumnal harvest and remembering the dwellings of the Israelites during their exodus from Egypt. It is customary within the impermanent Sukkah walls, to share meals, entertain, sleep and rejoice.

Participants are invited to submit contemporary shelter designs, following the Sukkah specifications as defined by ancient Talmudic law and obeying existing laws of physics. Entries must include written description of concept, architectural renderings of structure, and ultimately must be constructible.
The finalists will be selected by a Jury of celebrated architects, designers and critics, chaired by Kevin Alter, Associate Dean, The Sid W. Richardson Centennial Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas and Principal of alterstudio architects, llp.

Finalists will be awarded a $750 grant to be used in the development and implementation of their Sukkah structures, to be built in a visionary village on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin and on the rooftop at the Whole Foods Market flagship store in Downtown Austin, publicly displayed from September 30 – October 10, 2012.

SukkahCity Austin 2012, a program of the Jewish Community Center of Austin, is inspired by Reboot’s SukkahCity New York, launched in 2010, and the 2011 SukkahCity STL.

For more information, contact Aliza Orent at (512)735-8030 or