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The Sukkahville 2014 Design Competition is underway

Sukkahville 2014 Design Competition

Montgomery Sisam is excited to announce that the annual Sukkahville design competition is now underway.  A grand total of 71 designs were submitted this year, and Ed Applebaum graciously hosted the jury session at Montgomery Sisam’s office.  The judging panel featured some of Toronto’s own amazing design luminaries, including Sarah Blumberg, Jennifer Keesmaat, Ken Greenberg, Sarah Diamond, and Brigitte Shim.

A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.  It is described in Leviticus as a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life.  While building a Sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, which are universal in nature.

The aim of the open competition on is to design a temporary, freestanding Sukkah to be built in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for the holiday of Sukkot.  Participants are encouraged to re-imagine the traditional notion of Sukkah, with a contemporary design language and approach.  The winning designs will be on public display from October 14 to 15, 2014.

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Kehilla Residential Programme

Kehilla Residential Programme is a non-profit housing agency whose mandate is to identify and champion supportive housing responsive to the needs of the Jewish community in the Greater Toronto Area.  Montgomery Sisam Principal, Ed Applebaum, is currently co-Chair of the design competition committee for Sukkahville, in addition to being a long-standing board member and former president of several of the agency’s boards.



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