Sukkah 2000 / 5760
Sukkah designs by prominent architects


Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

BIOGRAPHY: She received her BA of Architecture in 1971 from Illinois, and her MA of Architecture from Illinois in 1984. She is President of Ross Barney + Jankowski, Inc., Architects, in Chicago. Ms Ross barney is a former Peace Corps volunteer, and is on the faculty of IIT and the University of Illinois. Her projects include the Cesar Chavez Elementary Public School in Chicago, and The USPS, Branch Post Office in Glendale Heights, Illinois
LOCATION: Ross Barney + Jankowski, Inc., Architects, in Chicago
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STATEMENT: The materials of the sukkah are traditionally those which are easily found in an agrarian society. Often leftover or cast off materials, not tooled or refined..., recalling the rustic nature of dwelling in the wilderness
The design of my sukkah reflects on life in an urban environment and in a technological age. The materials available today, the yield of our land, are man-made for non-agrarian purposes. The framework of contemporary sukkahs often consists of chicken wire and aluminum tent poles, not branches or boughs.
Accordingly, my design uses 20th century building materials. Steel caisson liners form the structure. The walls are made of aluminum channel and wire. These are the materials that are found in our urban wilderness.
The use of these materials presents interesting opportunities. Steel bottoms have been welded on the caissons forming giant barrels. To provide structural stability, the user will fill each caisson/column with water. The water filled caissons will act as a solar-powered heating and cooling system for the sukkah, retaining the overnight cool during the day and the midday heat in the evening.
The decoration of the sukkah is the responsibility of the user. Branches and fabric should be woven through wire screens to create the desired amount of enclosure, forming windows and doors. The color of the fabrics will represent four species:
yellow = fruit,
green = branches of palms,
brown = boughs of trees,
blue = willows of the brook.
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