October 26, 2011
by Eveline Chang and Tim Hayduk Center for Architecture Foundat

On 10.15-16.11, the Center for Architecture Foundation, in partnership with openhousenewyork (OHNY), hosted several local organizations, providing children and their families with free interactive and engaging projects.


Hundreds stopped by the Center for Architecture for the OHNY Weekend Family Festival, as part of the 9th annual OHNY Weekend and the city’s first month-long Archtober festival. Ted Mineau (right) was one of many volunteers who helped make OHNY a success.

Eveline Chang (left); Catherine Teegarden


Participants created architectural centerpieces (to be displayed at the Heritage Ball) and architectural masks, made stained-glass windows, built a small cityscape, and played with Lego robotics.

Eveline Chang


Hands-on activities were offered by organizations, including the Museum at Eldridge Street, The Noble Maritime Collection, No Longer Empty, The Trust for Governors Island, and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. One child gave his input on Governors Island’s new playground (left). Children created origami boxes and assembled them into a NYC cityscape (second from left). Across the street on LaGuardia Place, Public Workshop led families in building large structures out of cardboard discs, bringing the Family Festival outside for the public to enjoy (right).

(L-R): Catherine Teegarden; Catherine Teegarden; Jessica Mak; Hae-In Kim

The Foundation offers Family Days at the Center for Architecture on one Saturday every month. The next program will take place on 11.12.11, focusing on the Center’s exhibition, “Buildings=Energy.” The Foundation also offers after-school, vacation, and summer programs for students in grades 3-12. For more information about the Center for Architecture Foundation’s Programs@theCenter or ways to get involved, visit www.cfafoundation.org or contact Catherine Teegarden at cteegarden@cfafoundation.org.