Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GSD Sukkah Party A Great Success!

The event garnered a large crowd from both the design school and Hillel communities.

The event featured Israeli wine tasting courtesy of BLM Wine and Spirits.

Harvard Hillel board member and Sukkah design competition supporter Robert Kargman discusses the design with Jiayu Qin, a member of the volunteer student construction team.

GSD professor Richard Peiser outside the sukkah with design team leader Tian Ren.

GSD students learning about the sukkah competition process and the design concept from the poster outside the sukkah.

DdesS candidate Matan Meyer and Administrative Director of Advanced Studies Programs Barbara Elfman.

This year's lead sukkah designer Tian Ren, and last year's sukkah designer Benjamin Lehrer.

Atara Lindenbaum-Bressman with daughter Dahlia and Hillel Rabbanit Sharon Weiss-Greenberg with son Yehudah.

On line for delicious falafel and chummus from Jerusalem Pita.

Design team members Tian Ren and Nick Gu with JewSD founder and sukkah competition organizer Elliot Glassman.

A line of students entering the sukkah.

Students inhabiting the sukkah.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 GSD Sukkah

Click on one the thumbnails below to see a slideshow of images of the completed GSD Sukkah!

Congratulations to the winning team of the design build competition, Tian Ren, Nick Gu, and Patchara Wongboosin! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the construction!

Thanks to Harvard Hillel for generous sponsorship of the competition and construction

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sukkah Party at GSD!!!

Come celebrate the completion of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Sukkah, designed by the winners of GSD's first Sukkah Design Competition!  

Featuring winning design by Tian Ren, Nick Gu and Patchara Wongboosin.

Delicious Middle Eastern Food (Vegetarian and Kosher).  Wine.  Israeli Wine Tasting. Cutting-Edge Sukkah Design.  Outdoors.  Everyone is Welcome.


Tuesday, October 18th 5 - 6:30 PM
GSD Backyard
Gund Hall
48 Quincy

Sukkah Design Competition and Party Sponsored by Harvard Hillel, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the World Zionist Organization, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and JewSD, GSD's Jewish Students Group. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GSD Sukkah Under Construction!!!

The winners of the GSD Sukkah design build competition has been announced! Congratulations to the winning team Tian Ren, Nick Gu, and Patchara Wongboosin.

Thanks to Harvard Hillel for generous sponsorship of the competition and construction!

The design concept for the winning submission, 'Long':

The sukkah is a reminiscence of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. For this Sukkah project, the pavilion is designed as a long journey which recalls this history. It also tides back to this long Jewish tradition of Sukkah construction. The journey starts with entering to a narrow corridor that gradually ascends and this is where one prepares oneself to enter the main space. At the end of the corridor, the space turns and descends into the long resting space, where people rest and rejoice. This turning configuration creates the longest path within the given boundary. The walking journey itself is also a process of resting. The sukkah is constructed with standard wooden profiles of sectional framed structure. This tectonic modulation creates a long continuous wrapping screen which is the structure itself and allows for different degree of visual connection with the exterior.

The sukkah construction is well underway. Here are some photos of the progress:

Winning team leader Tian Ren discusses the design in the woodshop with a construction volunteer.

JewSD member and construction volunteer Mia Scharphie measures a piece of wood for prefabrication.

Construction begins!

The first module is complete! Six more to go...