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Sukkahville 2016

September 22, 2016
Kehilla Residential Programme 262 Ridley Boulevard Toronto, ON M5M 4N6

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.

Sukkahville 2016 goes modular at Design Exchange. Opening events begin with a Panel Discussion & Awards Ceremony at 7 PM on September 22. The Sukkah Exhibition and daily programming continues from September 23 to September 25 during regular DX hours.

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