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The days are getting shorter and the weather's getting colder, but don’t go into hibernation just yet! This fall holds the promise of some great architectural events you won’t want to miss. A few highlights include Archtober (ark-TOBER), Open House New York and the Architecture and Design Film Festival. The latter is screening one of our films at their Short Films Walk through a collection of swanky SoHo showrooms on October 7. RSVP now and be sure to come to the Foscarini showroom to join us! Here are a few more highlights from the autumn architectural scene that you can enjoy before you dig out your winter coat!

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Archtober spans all of October. It acknowledges the architecture in New York City with a bevy of lectures, events, speakers, exhibitions, architecture walks, film screenings and more. This year, the festival’s theme is “5 Years, 5 Boroughs.” It’s a celebration of the impact of design and it should be a major draw for architecture students, archi-tourists, and New Yorkers who fancy a cool-looking building. Archtober has its headquarters at the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village. There will be more than 150 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs and exhibitions happening at the center and other places throughout the city. 150 events divided by 31 days... that means you could go to almost 5 events a day, 7 days a week! You know what? Just take October off of work and immerse yourself in the architectural scene. Your landlord and boss will totally understand. If you can’t take the whole month off, try to hit the “Building of the Day” tour at lunch hour, usually guided by the architects themselves!

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“Design directs everything.” That’s the tagline for the Architecture and Design Film Festival happening on October 13-18 at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and the SVA Theatre. A few of the highly anticipated films and documentaries from this year include notable architectural figures, like Bjarke Ingels, David Adjaye and a documentary about the life of Gottfried Bohm. In addition to film screenings, major players in the filmmaking and architectural scene will give lectures and public talks. Some of the speakers from last year include: Juliet Kinchin, Curator at the MOMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, Lance Jay Brown of AIANY 2014 President, Mimi Hoang - AIA, architect Kevin Kennon and various directors of the architectural films screened at the festival. Check out the full lineup of this year’s speakers.

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Open House New York (OHNY) is an event that happens around the world that gives unparalleled access to the city's most significant buildings and public spaces. OHNY will be happening on October 17-18. Hundreds of sites across the five boroughs will be open for visitors to attend talks, performances and other events taking place all over the city. This weekend is meant to deepen the public's understanding of the important role that architecture plays in our lives, and to encourage a more vibrant civic life and start conversations about how to improve New York’s infrastructure going forward. For the aspiring photographer, the Focus on Architecture Photo Competition invites photographers to submit their best photos taken during the OHNY weekend for a chance to win a prize, courtesy of New York City Photo Safari. Check out the event guide for this year’s OHNY so you don’t miss out!

This is just a snippet of all the great events that are happening in New York this fall. So if you’re not heading to New England to see the leaves changing, you should definitely try to attend all the great architectural events that’ll be happening across the five boroughs.

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