Sukkahville is an international design competition that challenges entrants to re-imagine the Sukkah.
A Sukkah is a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that Jews spent wandering the desert. The original source for this tradition is Leviticus 23: 42-43, where it is described as a reminder of the booths that the children of Israel dwelt in after God brought them out of their slavery in Egypt. Many interpreters have understood the Sukkah as symbolizing the frailty and transience of life and shelter.
While building a Sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling that is universal. Proposing an innovative Sukkah design that balances the dichotomies of new/old, open/closed, temporary/permanent is the challenge inherent in this competition.
Invitations are extended to architects, builders, developers, planners, realtors, interior designers, and students in related disciplines to design and build a sukkah. Of the over eighty submissions received, the selected finalists will construct and display their chosen designs during Sukkot 2015 at Nathan Philips Square.
The winning designs are announced on September 25, 2015, and the festivities continue throughout the weekend including live music, food trucks, a historical tour of The Ward with Editor, John Lorinc, and a featured Sukkah created by Visual Artist, Dan Bergeron at Fauxreel Studios.