Katie James
October 04, 2013

In New York City, incredible feats of architecture and design are all around us (like the New Museum, above)…if only we’d look up from our cell phones to notice while walking down the street.

Well, New Yorkers now have reason to stop and look around, as this week ushers in the beginning of Archtober, a month-long, citywide celebration of architecture and design organized by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture.

Now in its third year, Archtober offers over 150 curated programs, ranging from exhibits and walking tours to panels and workshops, and draws some of the biggest names in the industry—David Rockwell, MoMa’s Paola Antonelli, Jonathan Adler, Todd Williams and Billie Tsien, and more.

On our Archtober to-do list:

A guided walking tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, winner for Best Public Space in T+L’s 2013 Design Awards (Oct. 6; $10; fdrfourfreedomspark.org).

  • The Architecture & Design Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas, showcasing more than 30 films, panel discussions, and Q&A’s with designers and filmmakers from around the world (Oct. 16-20; $14; adfilmfest.com).

  • Grand Central at 100, a presentation by architectural historian Francis Morrone on the history and legacy of this New York City landmark, hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (Oct. 23; free; classicist.org).

  • A two and half-hour cruise around Manhattan on one of Classic Harbor Line’s 1920s-style yachts, accompanied by an AIA expert tour guide to provide history and facts about the waterfront buildings and bridges (All month long, excluding Wednesdays; $76; aiany.org).

    Click here for a full list of events.

    Katie James is an Editorial Assistant at Travel + Leisure.

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