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Take a look at this year’s Sukkahville Design Competition

The Kehilla Residential Programme has created a video that highlights the importance of the annual Sukkahville Design Competition in raising awareness of the need for more affordable housing in the GTA.

A Sukkah is a temporary structure constructed for use annually during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot.  It is described in Leviticus as a symbolic wilderness shelter, symbolizing the frailty and transience of life.  While building a Sukkah is a particular Jewish ritual observance, it represents many conceptual themes surrounding the essential nature of dwelling, which are universal in nature.

Competitors designed temporary, freestanding Sukkah which were built in Nathan Phillips Square for the holiday of Sukkot.  Participants were encouraged to re-imagine the traditional notion of Sukkah, with a contemporary design language and approach.

Kehilla Residential Programme is a non-profit housing agency whose mandate is to identify and champion supportive housing responsive to the needs of the Jewish community in the Greater Toronto Area.  Montgomery Sisam Principal, Ed Applebaum, is currently co-Chair of the design competition committee for Sukkahville, in addition to being a long-standing board member and former president of several of the agency’s boards.

You can watch the video here:


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