Written Roof: Sukkah City NYC 2010

Drawing on the primacy of the written word and the ephemerality of the physical structure in Sukkot tradition, we invite New Yorkers to construct their Sukkah through writing.
The Sukkah is defined by its rules of construction and form. Among its many constraints three rules play a central role to the design.
1) It must have three walls.
2) It must have roof made of shach (leaves and/or branches of a tree or plant).
3) The roof must allow for viewing of the stars at night.
While the project fulfills these requirements, their mandates are made temporal. The walls of the Sukkah desolve to become the roof. Each wall begins as a blank catalogue of paper; loose strips of paper of varying lengths that are to be removed by the public. Before they are reattached to the structure as a new roof, these strips of paper can be personalized with messages, prayers, grievances, images, etc. Each strip of paper is color coded to a specific location on the ceiling plane and once they have all been reattached the Sukkah becomes nothing more than a roof that encourages one's view skyward.

See C&MP's entry and the 600+ other entries on the Sukkah City website.


Final board 


Study model 

narrative detail
Final board: narrative detail

color coding for strip locations
Reflected ceiling plan: color coding for strip locations

paper as walls / paper as roof
Section through 2 stages: paper as walls / paper as roof


Study model 

from above
Study model: from above


Study model