Sukkot of 5771 may go down in history as the most architecturally innovative holiday in Jewish History, thanks to the Sukkah City competition in New York. The competition, which was dreamed up by Joushua Foer, a journalist, and Roger Bennett, co-founder of the Reboot network, asked for submissions for re-imagined, modern-day Sukkot that followed all the biblical rules and traditions for building a kosher Sukkah. Among them: it must have three walls, the roof (through which stars must be visible at night) cannot be made of anything conventionally functional, but a whale or living elephant may be used in constructing the walls.
Although there were hundreds of submissions judged by an impressive panel of experts, a dozen Sukkot emerged the victors. Erected in New York’s Union Square, the modern day tabernacles offered an invigorating, artistic, modern take on the holiday.
A photo with all the winning designs appears below, but these are some of Moment’s favorites:
The Twelve Winners: