CFAF Celebrates Archtober with Free Family Days at the Center

Hundreds turned out for the openhousenewyork/OHNY Weekend Family Festival at the Center to take part in a number of architecture and design activities.

Eveline Chang

Children and parents alike enjoy working on the free hands-on activities provided by participating organizations.

Eveline Chang

A child proudly displays her colorful rendering of Eldridge Street Synagogue.

Eveline Chang

In partnership with the Center for Architecture’s 2nd annual Archtober – architecture and design month in New York City – the Center for Architecture Foundation welcomed new architecture enthusiasts of all ages by offering three free family days. More than 500 people stopped by the Center for Architecture on 10.6-7.12 for the openhousenewyork Weekend Family Festival, as part of the 10th annual OHNY Weekend. CFAF, in partnership with OHNY, hosted several local organizations, including Eldridge Street Synagogue, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Noble Maritime Collection, No Longer Empty, and Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92. Children and their families were provided with free interactive and engaging activities, creating stained glass windows, decorating architectural masks, and designing the ship of their dreams.

At FamilyDay@theCenter on 10.20.12, dozens more participants explored the role of light in design and built architectural lanterns; a variety of translucent and colorful models dazzled as they were illuminated from within. Their work will be proudly displayed at Heritage Ball, the Center for Architecture’s annual fundraising event 10.25.12.

CFAF would like to extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who made these Family Days possible, particularly from the Community Service Center at the New York Institute of Technology.

The Foundation offers Family Days at the Center for Architecture monthly on Saturdays. The next FamilyDay@theCenter – Design a School of the Future – will take place on 11.3.12, focusing on the Center’s exhibition, “The Edgeless School: Design for Learning.” CFAF will also be hosting a panel in conjunction with “The Edgeless School” and Archtober on 10.30.12, entitled Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation. For more information about the Center for Architecture Foundation’s upcoming family, K-12, adult, and exhibition programs, visit