Sukkah City

Director: Jason Hutt
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 67 min
Language: English
Date: Sunday, November 3, 3 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Special Guests:
 Moderator: Architecture Critic Inga Saffron
Panelists: Director Jason Hutt and Best-selling Author and Co-founder of “Sukkah City” Joshua Foer
Community Partners: AIA, The Center for Architecture, InLiquid and Design Philadelphia


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When best-selling author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein) envisioned his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond generic plywood boxes and status quo canvas tents. He wondered what would happen if the world’s most innovative contemporary architects and designers were challenged to visualize and construct twelve radical sukkahs (Hebrew: Sukkot). What would they come up with? And so was born the 2010 design competition and exhibition known as Sukkah City. This dazzling art doc follows the competition from its early submission stage through to execution and public exhibition in NYC’s Union Square. Featuring luminaries such as Michael Arad, designer of the World Trade Center Memorial; Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker; celebrated author and artist Maira Kalman; and the venerable Dr. Ruth Westheimer, SUKKAH CITY invites you to experience this beautiful convergence of architecture and tradition and never look at a sukkah the same way again.

This film was generously underwritten by Parkway Corporation

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