Michael Arad

Sukkah City, The Movie

Filmmaker behind "Orthodox Stance" captures Reboot's 2010 public art project

10/10/2012
Staff Writer

For a ritual structure intended to evoke fragility and transience, the sukkah enjoys an oddly long life as an object of contemplation and representation.

Two years ago, it was Sukkah City, an architecture competition and public art project in Union Square. It drew an estimated 200,000 viewers to the dozen winning, legally valid but visually untraditional temporary booths built to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, which ended earlier this week.

The winners of the Sukkah City competition had to honor Jewish law. Photo courtesy sukkahcity.com

Filling The Void

Pinning down the influences of 9/11 memorial architect Michael Arad isn’t easy. But some sense echoes of the Holocaust in ‘Reflecting Absence.’

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

Few profiles of Michael Arad, the architect of the Sept. 11 memorial that opens this week, have failed to mention that he is Israeli — the son of a former ambassador, no less. But most stop there, shying away from details, in no small part because Arad wants it that way.

“For me, it’s not about my nationality, and I made a point for it never to become about that,” Arad, 42, recently told The Jewish Week. “If people want to see something that’s not there, they can, but it’s pointless.”

Michael Arad’s memorial to the victims of 9/11 terrorism reflects themes, as does all memorial architecture since World War II,
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