there was a competition of 600 designers from 43 countries to design the best sukkah. a panel of judges decided on 12 sukkahs which were the finalists. these 12 sukkahs were on display today in union square in new york city. the public was invited to view these sukkahs in union square and vote for the one sukkah that will be displayed in union square on sukkot this year. people will bid on these sukkahs and the proceeds will go to the homeless in new york city. this project is meant to be recreated globally so people can appreciate the beauty of a sukkah and what the holiday means. the center of architecture on la guardia place in nyc will house the other submissions to this contest beginning on the 22, which is erev sukkot. so most of us who will actually be celebrating the holiday wont be able to see it until after yom tov.
the display of sukkahs was as fascinating as the diversity of the crowd who came to see them. there were jews of all denominations as well as non-jews. this too was a purpose of this project. to bring people together.
update : the second sukkah photo is from the winning sukkah. it is called fractured bubble . this one will be on display in union square during sukkot.