Free architecture tours and childrens day
The American Institute of Architects is sponsoring Architecture Week, which will include free, guided tours of notable buildings and buildings throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
The week kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4 at the Center for Architecture, the public gallery of the AIA, located at 536 LaGuardia Place, with an annual exhibition of winning projects of the AIA New York Chapter Design Awards.
Among other free events during the week, is the program for kids on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., convening at the Center for Architecture. Kindergarteners to 12-year-olds will have the opportunity to explore Washington Square Park and draw a sensory map of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. In the afternoon, they will build models or collages based on their maps, making a new design for the park.
Towards the end of the weeklong event, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10, the not-for-profit Open House New York will provide free tours of new and historic buildings, many of which are usually closed to the public. Each site will offer guided and self-guided tours, informal talks and conversations with the designers. Included in the Downtown tours will be the Irish Hunger Memorial, the Solaire building, Governors Island, the Yankee Ferry on Pier 25, Teardrop Park on North End Ave., the John J. Harvey Fireboat on Pier 40, Chinatowns Leroy Street Studio and the Eldridge Street Synagogue. For times and dates of the tours, as well as directions, visit www.ohny.org or call 917 583 2398.
For more information on the whole event, go to www.aiany.org/architectureweek2004.