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Shim Sukkah
tinder, tinker, Sagle, Idaho
On a contemporary job site, there is no more humble material than the wooden shim, used to fill gaps and level uneven surfaces. In this sukkah, the unassuming object becomes an essential building block, creating a unique atmospheric effect.

All renderings courtesy of Sukkah City

Repetition Meets Difference
Matthias Karch, Berlin, Germany
This sukkah is built out of three wooden modules based on the “universal knot” invented by the German-Jewish engineer Konrad Wachsmann. The Wachsman Knot units are constructed out of a tangle of wood from Israeli olive trees and American walnut and maple.

Blo Puff
Bittertang, Brooklyn
Blo Puff’s bloated body and furry innards acoustically, visually, and olfactorily separate the sukkah interior from the surrounding city. At night the sukkah’s glowing flesh alludes to the activities held within. Its crown, a ring of bamboo stakes held in place by inflated vinyl walls, holds a thick cylindrical mat of draped eucalyptus leaves that shade and perfume the interior. The sukkah is entered through a low opening on one side, which is obscured by a loosely draped interior lining of Spanish moss.

Fractured Bubble
Henry Grosman and Babak Bryan, Long Island City
“The sukkah is a bubble: ephemeral and transient,” say Bryan and Grosman. Emphasizing its impermanence, Fractured Bubble is made of simple materials: plywood, marsh grass, and twine. Its form is a sphere fractured into three sections. The schach is composed of phragmites, an invasive species of marsh grass harvested from Corona Park, Queens.

Gathering
Dale Suttle, So Sugita, and Ginna Nguyen, New York
This “calculated yet unpredictable structure,” in the words of its designers, is constructed from a nonlinear assemblage of wooden sticks that guide the eye toward the sky. “Whether wandering through the desert for 40 years or through the city for a day, all people desire respite. The sukkah is an icon for this relief from transience.”

In Tension
SO-IL, Brooklyn
In Tension is conceived as a simple parts kit, easily carried by a single person. The lightweight structure is held up by its own tautness, and the outer net creates a soft veil, transparent enough to be inclusive but dense enough to create a sense of being.

LOG
Kyle May and Scott Abrahams, New York
The sukkah’s overhead structure must be made of schach, botanical material removed from the ground. log inverts the typical lightweight structure, placing the foundation—a cedar trunk—atop laminated glass walls. Inside, one finds two simple gestures: a table and a candle, suspended from the roof. They’re positioned to create a zone of programmatic intensity within a poetic structure.

Sukkah of the Signs
Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Oakland, California
It is traditional to eat and sleep in the sukkah for one week each fall, as a way of practicing a kind of ceremonial homelessness and empathizing with those who don’t have a roof over their heads. As a political statement, and as a way of transferring the prize money to those in need, Sukkah of the Signs is clad with cardboard signs purchased from destitute individuals across the country.

P.YGROS.C
THEVERYMANY, Brooklyn
P.YGROS.C, short for “Passive Hygroscopic Curls,” reinvents the common sukkah morphology using two overlapping layers of wood veneer. The lightweight, translucent structure absorbs humidity from the surrounding air. In humid weather, the wooden tips will bend up and twist into natural curly shapes, revealing their bright-green undersurface. When dry, they flatten back out.

Single Thread
Matter Practice, Brooklyn
This sukkah is constructed by threading a single wire around intersections of a temporary bamboo scaffold. Once the continuous wire is fully unspooled, the scaffolding is removed, leaving a rigid yet porous enclosure with a roof of dried flowers. After the holiday, the wire is wound back up, to be stored or transported to the next site. Each installation produces new kinks and bends in the wire, add texture.

Star Cocoon
Volkan Alkanoglu, Los Angeles, California
The sukkah is intended to be a meditative structure, a kind of cocoon in which personal transformation can take place. Of the many complex laws that govern its form, few are as detailed as the rules pertaining to the geometry of the shell. This curvaceous structure, designed with the Talmudic minimum of two and a half walls, is constructed entirely with bent cane tubes and rattan.

Time/Timeless
Peter Sagar, London, United Kingdom
This heavy timber structure, enveloped in a curtain of hessian, appears to float off the ground. According to Sagar, it “aims to achieve an awareness of time by removing the viewer from his surroundings and placing him into an environment in which he can only appreciate the passing of time by the changing of daylight and the eventual emergence of the night sky.”

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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