A team of NewSchool of Architecture and Design students designed and built a temporary structure called a sukkah that commemorates the agricultural harvest and has significant meaning for the Jewish community. The design, developed as part of the students’ summer studio class, incorporates sustainability elements and is being featured during the Sukkah Design Expo 2013 sponsored by the Leichtag Foundation.
The NSAD student design is one of several that have been built as part of the Foundation’s events to mark the Jewish Sukkot harvest festival tradition. The public is invited to vote for their favorite design from Sept. 18-Sept. 25: http://jewishnorthcounty.com/sukkotattheranch/voting/
With three walls and an open door, the sukkah represents inclusivity, hospitality and the temporary nature of life. For the project, NSAD students conformed to specifications that respect the Jewish traditions while also integrating approaches to their design that reflect NSAD’s own emphasis on sustainability, such as the use of repurposed wood pallets. They also encourage interactivity in their design by including verses on the wood pallets on one side and providing paint and brushes on the other side for visitors to decorate with religious verses.
Students who participated in the design studio led by NSAD Instructor Chuck Crawford are: Gwynn Beasley, Nour Kassam, Trang Nguyen, Thomas Quaas and Jessica Vences. The students built the temporary structure Sunday, Sept. 15 at a 67-acre agricultural property recently purchased by the Carlsbad-based Leichtag Foundation. The structure will remain at the site through Sept. 27.