Re-imagining the Sukkah
Kehilla Residential Programme invites architects, students, artists, builders and allied design professionals to submit design proposals to the inaugural Sukkahville Design Competition. The aim of this open competition, inspired by Sukkah City 2010, is to design a temporary, free-standing Sukkah within the site of the Sherman Campus at Bathurst and Sheppard in Toronto during the holiday of Sukkot. We encourage you to re-imagine the traditional notion of sukkah within a contemporary design language and approach.
A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. It is described in Leviticus as a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life. While building a sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, which are universal in nature. Proposing an innovative sukkah design which delicately balances the inherent dichotomies of new / old, open / closed, temporary / permanent is the challenge inherent in this competition.
The temporary structure must adhere to the following traditional constraints:
Five winning designs will be selected by a hand-picked high profile jury to be constructed in a visionary village on the Sherman Campus from October 11-12, 2011. Finalists will be notified by September 6, 2011, and will be responsible for obtaining construction materials and constructing their designs. A stipend of $1,500 per winning design will be awarded to assist with construction and material costs.
Sukkahville Competition submissions must be received by 12h00 EST on August 25, 2011 to the office address listed below. One single horizontal board size ARCH D (36" x 24") per entry will be accepted. The presentation technique is absolutely open and at the discretion of the entrant. The presentation should clearly document the proposed design as well as the approach to the construction. Project boards should be completely anonymous. Please tape a single, sealed, letter-sized envelope to the back of the board containing the name and contact information of the entrant.
July 11-22 August 31, 2011- Q&A (updated!)
25 31, 2011- Submission Deadline (updated!)
6 12, 2011- Finalists will be notified (updated!)
October 4-10, 2011- Construction Period
October 11-12, 2011- Sukkahs will be on display to the public
Kehilla Residential Programme is a non-profit housing agency whose mandate is to identify and champion housing initiatives responsive to the needs of the Jewish community in the greater Toronto area. Established in 1982, Kehilla is an affiliate agency of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. Under its mandate, Kehilla has been both a leader in the development of many affordable housing initiatives as well as in offering property management services for community housing projects. With the goal of raising awareness to support Kehilla and its initiatives, the Sukkahville competition has been instituted to bring focus to the many significant affordable housing issues that are prevalent in our own community.
Mailing address for the submissions:
Kehilla Residential Programme
262 Ridley Blvd.
CANADA M5M 4N6
UPDATE: Please note the update