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Archtober 2019
Steven Holl's waterfront library will open for tours during Archtober. Photograph by Paul Warchol

New York's Archtober festival includes tours of buildings by Studio Gang, Steven Holl and OMA

Dezeen promotion: architect-led tours, open offices and a pumpkin carving competition are among the events that will take place in New York for the city's month-long architecture festival Archtober.

Organised by the Center for Architecture, the event offers tours, design lectures, parties, film screenings and more at venues across the city from 1 to 31 October.

This year's Archtober, which marks the ninth edition, includes talks held at Columbia University by Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and multidisciplinary artist Alexandria Daisy Ginsberg.

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Archtober festival runs the month of October and includes architectural boat tours with views of sites such as ODA's 10 Jay Street in Brooklyn. Photograph by Pavel Bendov

Returning to the annual event is the Building of the Day series of architect-led walking tours, which comprise 29 buildings this year.

The set includes some of the New York's newest projects, like Studio Gang's Solar Carve Tower in the Meatpacking District, Hunters Point Library by Steven Holl Architects and the Statue of Liberty Museum by FXCollaborative, along with OMA's residential tower at 22nd Street and 10 Jay Street by ODA.

Architecture firms like Deborah Berke Partners, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Ennead Architects and Thomas Phifer and Partners will also open up their offices for workplace tours, which take place every Wednesday.

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Buildings, such as Studio Gang's High Line tower, are available for tours as part of the Building of the Day programme. Photograph by Tom Harris

Additional tours will be organised by Open House New York, the Historic House Trust of New York City, South Street Seaport Museum, Brooklyn Navy Yard and more.

An architecture boat tour along East River, organised by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) with Classic Harbor Line, will also take place most days.

Several of New York's public libraries and museums are partners for Archtober, including the Museum of Modern Art, whose in-progress renovation work forms part of the event. The Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and among others joining the activities.

"We are excited for our growing network of partners, both institutional and professional, to be bolstered by the addition of NYC's library systems, allowing us to reach an even broader audience across the five boroughs," said Benjamin Prosky, executive director of AIA New York and the Center for Architecture.

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Another project open during this year's festival is 121 East 22nd Street by OMA. Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

New to this year's celebration is Weekend Getaway plans, with opportunities to explore architecture outside the city. Places include Philip Johnson's Glass House and Grace Farms by SANAA, both of which are in New Canaan, Connecticut. Art Omi art centre in Ghent, New York is also part of the offering.

"The festival will expand beyond the bounds of the city, highlighting some of the unique architecture of our region, just a short train or car ride away," Prosky said.

More new events for this year's festival are a nighttime tour of the city, family offerings, a Build a LEGO City day at AIA. Archtober wraps up with a Pumpkitecture contest, where 20 architecture firms carve pumpkins into architectural works to win a prize – a Pritzkerpumpkin.

A full list of events and learn additional information, visit the Archtober website to find out more.