Sukkah City

U.S. Premiere of Sukkah City Documentary


Sukkah City, a documentary film by Jason Hutt about the Sukkah City architecture competition, which features The Sukkah of the Signs by Rael San Fratello, premieres in the U.S. at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival with several showings in the Bay Area: TUE, July 30, 12:05pm – Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (at Market), San […]

Sukkah City Documentary


The Sukkah of the Signs (a.k.a. The Homeless House) will be featured in Sukkah City, a documentary film about the architecture competition and exhibition that explored the creative potential of the sukkah. Sukkah of the Signs – Design Process from Oxbow Lake Films on Vimeo. Opening Scene from Sukkah City’s Jury Day from Oxbow Lake Films […]

The Homeless House in Soiled


The Homeless House is featured in the inaugural issue of SOILED, a venue for dialogue and exploration, operating at the interstices of architecture, urbanism, and the pedosphere. Title / Issue number: Groundscrapers – No. 1 Publication date: Winter Solstice 2010 Issues per year: 2 Editor-in-chief: Joseph Altshuler Editorial team: Isaac Bloom, Michael Jividen, Joseph Altshuler […]

Sukkah City in Tilt Shift

Union Square’s High-Concept Sukkahs from Jewish Forward on Vimeo.

Sukkah of the Signs \ The Homeless House

Observant observer

The Sukkah of the Signs, also known as The Homeless House project, was constructed in New York City’s Union Square, as part of Sukkah City. For two days the structure, made of nearly 300 signs collected from indigent across the U.S., was visited by over 150,000 people. Like traditional sukkahs, which recall the 40 years […]

Sukkah City News

Interior view of sukkah

“The most moving may be the sukkah comprised of signs that its designers (Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Oakland, Calif.) bought from homeless people. The result will be a meditation on how little separates the world’s housed and housed-nots.”—The New York Times “The sukkah made of homeless signs is a strong concept, and […]


Rael San Fratello's winning entry to Sukkah City 2010

RAEL SAN FRATELLO ARCHITECTS has been selected as one of 12 winners in the Sukkah City 2010 International Competition. Chosen from over 600 entries, their Homeless House: A Sukkah of the Signs will be built in Union Square, New York City on September 19, 2010. VOTE THE SUKKAH OF THE SIGNS The winning design will […]

Architects Newspaper on The Homeless Sukkah

Architects Newspaper

“Of the three entries we’ve actually seen, Rael San Fratello’s is probably the most interesting. Yet it is Sukkah of Signs that is most audacious in its scope and, we imagine, shape, as it tackles. Rael and San Fratello have gone about collecting signs from homeless people in the Bay Area and, with the help […]

Sukkah City NYC 2010


Rael San Fratello Architects has been selected from over 600 entrants to participate in the Sukkah City competition. Our concept, The Homeless House, will use signs collected from the homeless to clad the entire structure. Just as the sukkah commemorates shelter provided during the forty desert-wandering years of Exodus, the design for our sukkah brings […]