Sukkah City Competition (2010)
New York, New York

On the clearest of nights, an inhabitant of New York City is lucky to see one hundred stars. Simply, urban residents are unable to perceive the celestial sphere, while, by definition, a sukkah requires that they be able to observe the stars through its roof. Of the various orthodox parameters that define a sukkah, our scheme begins as an attempt to resolve this unexpected contradiction.

Our proposal offers a meditative escape, the opportunity to pause and gaze upon reconstructed constellations, positioned as they exist (beyond the light pollution of Union Square) on September 22 for the seven days of Sukkot.

The sukkah is less an inhabitable shelter than it is a portal. Communal in its ability to foster an experience shared among friends or strangers, it is also intensely personal in its uniqueness to each point of view. Tightly packed, painted wooden dowels reconstruct the spiraling Milky Way while the ephemeral auroras, and elemental constellations are intentionally exaggerated in order to immediately arrest the viewer and recapture the experience of viewing thousands of stars. The interior projection is simultaneously visceral and diagrammatic. The external identity is the reconciliation of these transformations with a desire to create an unexpected and surreal flora within the ashlar walls of Union Square’s lawn.

Starry Days is the result of collaboration between Young Projects and the digital media office March Made