International design workshop
23 - 31.08.2018 in Poznań (PL)


About the workshops

Sukkot- let's built a tent!!! is the second edition of interdisciplinary architecture workshops celebrating the Jewish Sukkot holiday, organised by Association of Polish Architects branch in Poznań and the Kolektyw 1a Association with the substantial support of the Poznań Jewish Community.


The workshops will take place from the 23rd until the 31st of August 2018 in Poznan, Poland.  The project's aim is to familiarise participants of the workshops and the residents of Poznań with Jewish tradition and culture in a modern and open form.  32 students of design degrees from Poland, Germany and Israel will participate in the workshops. They will work in small international teams tutored by recognised young designers. Their task will be to design and independently realise, within a set budget, a contemporary interpretation of traditional tent for the Jewish Holiday of Sukkot.

The project is of an interdisciplinary nature and seeks to stimulate creative thinking in an innovative way, developing team-working skills and integrating the students.  It is a perfect way to further develop passion for architecture in an atmosphere other than standard university classes.  We wish for the participants to remember the workshops as a place where they made interesting friendships, got inspired to act, and discovered new culture.

The Sukkot Holiday

The Sukkot Holiday, also referred to as the Holiday of Tents is one of the most joyous moments in the Jewish calendar.  It begins on the 15th day of Tishrei, five days after Jom Kippur (in 2018: 23-30 September) and goes on for 7 days in Israel, and 8 in a diaspora. 

The name Sukkot comes from Hebrew and means a hut or a tent, and commemorates the 40-year-long pilgrimage of Jews through the dessert to the Promised Land.  On each Sukkot, the believers of Judaism build tents, traditionally aimed to be lived in throughout the festive period, or alternatively used to dine in at least once a day.

In antiquity, the tents were built from straw and olive or palm tree branches.  Inside, they were decorated in fruit, olives, nuts or even textiles, which served to symbolise the divine abundance. They were located on the flat rooftops of houses, in courtyards, public squares or in entrances to the Temples. In the old days, each Jewish family would build they own hut.  Today, even though the tradition is still cultivated, it is rare for families to build the huts individually. Often times, the representatives of the local community create a common tent where they celebrate this holiday.



What is Sukkah? 
It is a festive booth build in the tradition of the Jewish Sukkot holiday. The booth is mostly a temporary construction,typically built near the house, on a courtyard or in a garden. Sukkōt (plural from Sukkah) take different forms and shapes - however they always have to meet certain requirements - strictly defined in the holy books of Talmud:
The tent must be located in an open-air area. Each element obstructing the view of the sky is to be removed. Sukkah are not to be built under additional roofing, excess tree branches are to be removed.
The minimal space created by the walls of the booth is to be a cube of 80x80x80 cm, enough to fit a table and a praying person. There are no limitations regarding a maximum size
The walls can be made of any material, but should be sturdy enough to resist a a stronger wind.
The rooftop of the tent (schach) is the most important element and must be made of natural materials, of something that grew in soil and was cut down, such as branches, stems of corn or other crops
It can be placed on any surface - concrete, grass, on board a ship, or on a carriage.
The booth should have at least two and a half walls. So, presuming that it will be based on a cuboid, two walls have to be complete and one only partially mark the interior of a Sukkah. If the figure is created on the basis of a different geometrical figure, it should be assumed that the dividers must divide the booth in at least 62.5%.
The height of the walls can range between 82 to 915 cm
The kosher elements for the construction of the rooftop should be laid out loosely enough to allow a little bit of rain in, and make the stars visible at night, however it should provide much more shade than light.


Adam Wierciński + Agnieszka Owsiany (PL) 
Adam Wierciński - graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Arts in Poznań, founder of the studio Adam Wierciński Architect. He co-creates current projects with Agnieszka Owsiany, also a graduate of AiU at the University of Arts in Poznań. They deal with a wide range of design in the field of architecture - from public spaces, temporary architecture, single-family homes to public interiors with equipment and furniture. In the design process, they emphasize the analysis of the topic, logical concepts, quality and refined original details.
Nils Wenk (DE) 
founder of Wenk Architekten architecture studio in Berlin. Assistant professor at the chair of Buliding Construction and Design at Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus – Senftenberg. The architect is a winner of numerous awards, e.g.: Hans-Schaefers-Preis (2010), Heinze Architekten AWARD (2010), DEUBAU- Preis and Best Architects 14.
Edna Langenthal (IS)
studied architecture at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. After practicing architecture as an associate at Langenthal-Balasiano Architects , she studied Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, finishing her Masters degree in 2004 on the subject: „Space, Place and the Question of Home in the Philosophy of Heidegger”. She is a lecturer at the School of Architecture at Ariel University Center of Samaria, where she teaches first year studio in architecture, incorporating philosophical and ethical questions.
Adam Gielniak (PL)
studied architecture at London Metropolitan University and graduated in 2011 at the studio led by Prof. Florian Beigel from Architecture Research Unit.  After finishing his studies he joined Caruso StJohn Architects in London and worked mainly on Nagelhaus project in Switzerland in collaboration with artist Thomas Demand, Nottingham Contemporary in UK and Veemgebouw in Netherlands. Since 2014 he is teaching assistant involved in urbanism and housing research at Studio Krucker and Bates at TUM.




Who can participate in the workshops? 

If you are a student or a young graduate (aged 26 or less) of a design degree - these workshops are for You.  If you feel like challenging yourself to an unusual design task and realising it with a provided budget, send your application!  

How much does it cost to participate in the workshops ?

Participation in the workshops costs 100 Euro/ 420 zloty. Once this is paid, the organisers cover the costs of:  

- accommodation in Poznań during the period of 23-31th August

- full board (breakfast, lunch)

- coffee breaks

- travel to/from Poznań ( students from Isreal– departure from Tel Aviv, students from

Germany – departure from Berlin or Cottbus, students from Poland - public transport from any location

in the country)

- public transport in Poznań

- health and safety training – ending with a certificate

- work materials for the workshops

How to apply for the workshops?  

Apply using the application form available below. The recruitment period is 30th May to 10th July.

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Sukkot 2013

28 students from all over Poland participated in the previous edition in 2013. They worked on atent  design in four groups.  The groups were mentored by young architecture studios of Poznań: Ultra Architects, Trabendo, UGO architecture and Atelier Starzak Strebicki.  Workshops lasted from 17th to 22nd September 2013.  During the workshops, design works took place in educational rooms of the National Museum in Poznań.  Following the design state, teams started the construction of their structures on the historic square of the Ballet School.   Great number of the residents of Poznań took part in the event, especially children living in tenement houses on the Old Town Square, as well as tourists. 

Project coordinator: Magda Wypusz 

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