On August 4, the jury of the newly launched DFW design-build competition, The Sukkah Project, selected ten finalists whose entries will be built as the second stage of the competition. Two of those finalists were Blake Thames, GFF Project Leader, and Jonathan Rollins, GFF Principal.
All in all, twenty-eight designs were submitted by architects, artists and students from the DFW area and from California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada, Mexico and Greece. A jury consisting of architects Gary Cunningham, Greg Ibanez, Max Levy and Enrique Norten reviewed and discussed the entries. The ten built sukkahs will be exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas from September 21 to 27, and at the Sukkah Festival on September 23.
A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, described in the book of Leviticus as a reminder of the booths that the children of Israel lived in during their journey through the desert from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Today, Jewish families honor this ancient tradition by taking meals and entertaining in sukkahs that they erect in their back yards, terraces and rooftops.
The Sukkah Project: Dwell in Design was envisioned both as an innovative design / build competition and an opportunity for outreach to the greater DFW population, intended to promote tolerance and understanding by educating and sharing the beauty of this most ancient Jewish tradition. The sukkah embodies many universal themes related to the nature of dwelling: new/old, open/closed, temporary/permanent. The challenge of this two-stage competition is to explore what a contemporary sukkah can be — reflecting ancient teachings while exhibiting a concept of space, place and construction which is simultaneously modern and rooted.