Sukkah City

  • Sun Mar 2
    11:00 am
Sukkah City

complimentary coffee & bagels courtesy Temple Beth-El’s arts committee

Jason Hutt

A documentary film about the architecture exhibition and competition that explored the creative potential of the sukkah, a temporary structure used during the Jewish festival of Sukkot.

In the vein of the Maysles’s films with Christo & Jean Claude, 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.

The film includes discussion of a project submitted by Cornell alum and Assistant Professor Aleksandr Mergold '00 (Architecture). According to Mergold, "We were the 'controversial sukkah'—Jason has a great bit of jury deliberation over our project where they literally get in a fight over whether a religious structure can exist in a public space (ours was Subway Sukkah)." One of jurors of the competition was Thom Mayne, who was a Visiting Critic in the Dept. of Architecture during the Fall semester.

The film explores the artistic process of architects, documents how an ancient building was reinvented for the 21st Century, and reveals how there is a good story behind all interesting architecture.


DCP color
1 hour 7 minutes
release year/country
2013 USA