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Sukkahville: The Little Competition That Could

Design competition strives for affordable housing

By: Marilyn Lazar

Published: August 9th, 2012 in News » World

Sukkahville: The Little Competition That Could

Kehilla’s Sukkahville, a Toronto-based design competition which uses the concept of temporary shelter to work toward a permanent solution for affordable housing, is back for its second straight year. 

The annual competition, organized by Kehilla – UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Housing agency - will culminate in a fun and fabulous pop-up design exhibition to which the community is invited, uses the sukkah – the temporary dwelling used during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and referred to in the bible as “shelter in the wilderness”, as inspiration for finding a solution to the issue of affordable housing for all.

Building on last year’s success, submissions for Sukkahville 2012 have come in from all over the world, including Europe and Asia. By the August 1st deadline, 42 submissions were received from architects and artists, design professionals and students, individuals and teams, all vying to have their designs chosen for the Pop-up Design Exhibition. 

Five finalists will be chosen by a group of six celebrity judges on August 15th, and given a stipend with which to erect their structure. 

Winners will be displayed at a ceremony and family event on Sunday, September 30, at 12 – 4 pm at Mel Lastman Square. The interactive experience will feature a hands-on build a sukkah opportunity by Habitat for Humanity, music by Klezconnection, free treats and more. 

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