Day in the Life: Daniels Faculty undergrads win Sukkahville design competition

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 11:45am


Fourth year architectural studies undergrad students Calvin Yang Yue, Yi Zhang, Max Yaoshishen and Siqi Wang took over the Daniels Faculty's Instagram page during this year's Sukkahville competition to document the build process of their structure which would go on to win the top prize. The annual design competition challenges students from the University of Toronto, OCAD, and Ryerson to design a sukkah: a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years that Jews spent wandering the desert. While building a sukkah is primarily a Jewish ritual, the competition explores many universal themes and dichotomies such as new/old, open/closed and temporary/permanent.

The group of Daniels Faculty students, led by Faculty Advisor Maria Denegri, were among three groups of finalists chosen to construct their conceptual designs which were then exhibited at the Design Exchange. Their project, entitled Behind the White was composed of over 3 kilometres of white cotton rope that was cut, knotted, and hung by the undergrads. The project aimed to reimagine the definition of boundary, space and the use of the sukkah. Users were invited to interact with the structure through the tactile experience of walking through the ropes to reach the centre void. Their structure embraced this year's focus on modularity and can be reconfigured in a multitude of ways.

After the jury examined the three structures created by the finalists, they chose Behind the White by the group of Daniels Faculty students as the winner of Sukkahville 2016.

Check out the photos documenting the construction of the award-winning structure below.



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