Posts tagged with "Halloween":

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Architects carve it out to win the industry's highest pumpkin honors

Last Friday at New York’s Center for Architecture, 20 teams of New York architecture studios brought their best carving skills for a chance to take home the Pritzkerpumpkin. The Center’s annual Pumpkitecture contest was far from your run-of-the-mill pumpkin carving contest. Firms came equipped with plexiglass, metal frames, plaster, and even Pantheon models to compete for the industry’s highest pumpkin honors.  Participating firms received spook-ified names and prizes in the spirit of Halloween season. Weiss/Manfredi, for instance, became Frights Manspooky and icon.5 architects were re-christened icon.666. This year’s jury included Chen Chen and Kai Williams (founders of Chen Chen and Kai Williams), Ashley Mendelsohn (assistant curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum), Ellen Van Dusen (founder and designer at Dusen Dusen), Dr. Takeshi Yamada & Seara (artist and rogue taxidermist), and Mark Zlotsky (founder of LARD and half of the artist duo Mookntaka).  The night’s highest honor went to Quennell Rothschild & Partners, aka QReePy, for their sprouting and protruding pumpkin design. By popular vote, the People’s Pumpkin went to SITU, aka SitoOoOooOOooOo, for their spinning, animated carved pumpkin. While not every firm could claim the top prizes, many also walked away with honorable mentions for their spooky creations.  A popular theme for the night was pumpkin-takes on famous artists. LTL Architects went home with an honorable mention for Jack O’ Pollock, a machine that creates Jackson Pollock-like action paintings with a paint-filled pumpkin device. Another honorable mention went to Untitled No. 13 by Alexander Cauldron from the Architecture Research Office for a Calder-inspired pumpkin mobile. GRT Architects created a James Turrell-like glowing pumpkin, while Mitchell Giurgola’s mirrored pumpkin box was an ode to Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms. 
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Architects vied for gourd glory in this pumpkin carving competition

It’s October, and that can only mean one thing: New York–based architecture teams congregating to carve pumpkins at the Center for Architecture. During this year’s Pumpkitecture! competition, 20 teams battled it out for a chance to take home the coveted Pritzkerpumpkin and People’s Pumpkin Award. Of course, despite the full range of talent on display, not every team could take home 2018’s top honors. The jury, consisting of Laila Gohar, chef and conceptual artist, Jing Liu, principal and co-founder of SO-IL, Harry Parr, director of Bompas & Parr Studio, and Omar Sosa, founder of Apartamento Magazine, ultimately awarded the Pritzkerpumpkin to Alloy for their high-concept “Jack-in-the-box”, and the People’s Pumpkin to SITU’s “Pretentioulicious desiccated pumpkin strands.” Teams entered pumpkins that ranged from high-brow—see SOFTlab’s quartered and reflected pumpkin, or SITU’s aforementioned popular vote-winning spiralized vegetable strings—to more classic takes on the jack o’lantern typology. Much like the first Hat Party on the High Line earlier this year, each firm brought a taste of their distinctive design philosophy to their entry.
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It’s the Great Pumpkin, Peoria! A 25-foot-diameter pumpkin balloon rolls through Arizona town

Yesterday, Peoria, Arizona, was attacked by an unlikely foe: a 25-foot-diameter, 350-pound jack o’ lantern balloon. The inflatable pumpkin “escaped” from a Halloween display in the Peoria Sports Complex and proceeded to bounce and roll through the town, including multiple traffic lanes and a neighborhood park, where it eventually got stuck. Officials say that the pumpkin got loose due to strong winds in the area. (Personally, we at AN think it was a copycat performance inspired by the runaway RedBall in Toledo, Ohio). No one was injured, although it did cause street damage at 83rd and Grand Avenues.
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Storefront's Critical Halloween to explore the idea of "DEMO" at a historic Lower Manhattan firehouse

This October, the Storefront for Art and Architecture will host its annual Critical Halloween party in tandem with its ever-fascinating costume competition. The event will be held at the historic DCTV firehouse and engine bay in Lower Manhattan and will have a "DEMO" theme, with a prize for the best costume. Critical Halloween is a place to party, engage in intellectual debate, dress up in the most outlandish way possible, acting as a "space for expression of radical thought." During its tenure the event has quickly become the scene and welcome excuse for many to meet up, dance, talk and engage in one of the most celebratory nights of the year. This time the event is running the theme "DEMO"—a term that has multiple uses, being an abbreviate, prefix, verb and a noun. Hence, "DEMO" is the theme of dress partygoers are invited explore and examine ideas pertaining to contemporary issues and discourses in art, architecture and design focusing on those in need of a "dose of DEMO." From acts of collective will (DEMOnstration) to institutional erasure (DEMOlition), the notion of DEMO is one that penetrates many aspects of our contemporary society and that often inspires trepidation among those who produce culture. Tickets are $50, being found here and doors open at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

As for the prizes, awards will go to the following categories:

  • Best Overall Costume
  • Best Group Costume
  • Best Individual Costume
  • Best Duo/Couple Costume
  • Special Prize for Best Demolition Costume
  • Special Prize for Best Demonstration Costume
  • Special Prize for Best Democracy Costume

DEMOcratic Peoples Choice Award: Storefront will partner with Hyperallergic to host a Democratic People’s Choice Award. During the week following the event, online audiences will be able to vote on for their favorite Critical Halloween costume through Hyperallergic.

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Boo! It’s time for the Storefront for Art & Architecture's Halloween Party!

critical-halloween-2014 Imagine an annual party for architects that has been voted "Ten Hottest Halloween Parties to Die For” in the New York Observer and a “Top Pick Halloween Party” in Time Out New York? It’s the annual Storefront for Art and Architecture Critical Halloween party, taking place this year at 80 Greenwich Street in Lower Manhattan. The party (with a live band and open bar) has always had a theme: Banality, Metaphor, and Corporate Avant-garde in years past. This year's theme dwells on one of the most feared ghosts of art and architectural production: I-Relevance. There will be awards for Best Group Costume, Best Individual Costume, and Best Critical Costume. And if you want to see what past attendees have conjured in the way of costumes, check out these galleries from the Storefront. All guests who are interested will be invited to also enter an online photo costume competition that will be hosted by Hyperallergic following the event, which will allow the public to vote on our annual "People's Choice Award." Tickets for Critical Halloween are $50.
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Dress like an architect for halloween, if you so choose

Given that you're reading The Architect's Newspaper right now, there's a very good chance you're an architect. If that's true, then dressing up as an architect on Halloween would be a pretty lame costume idea. That is, unless you went as one of The Greats—we're not saying you're not one of them...but, you know what we mean. If dressing up like a starchitect sounds appealing to you, then Curbed has a great guide on how to make it happen. If you want to go as Le Corbusier, all you need is "a double breasted, yet perfectly, tailored suit, long tobacco pipe, mean upper lip, a crisp white pocket square, and a pair of stark oval glasses." Or how about dressing as a living starchitect like Zaha Hadid? To pull that off, make sure your costume has a "swoop" and includes a "Darth Maul cape and purple lipstick." (Note: In the off-chance you're reading this, Zaha Hadid, then you probably shouldn't dress up as yourself. You should go as someone else like, maybe, Daniel Libeskind who's also included in the guide). If you're wondering what the starchitects, themselves, are dressing up as, well, Building Satire has some ideas...    
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Halloween Masterpiece: Dan Funderburgh's Laser-carved Jack-o-lantern

Happy Halloween! With Jack-O-Lantern's popping up on stoops across the country, it was only a matter of time before some creative type ran one through a laser cutter. Brooklyn-based design bloggers at DesignSponge have launched a contest for the most creative pumpkin carvings and artist Dan Funderburgh rose to the challenge and delivered an incredible deconstructed pumpkin, carved from lasers instead of by hand. After playing with a few different design motifs, Funderburgh decided to go with an intricate pattern inspired by Mexican punched tin lanterns. “I wanted something that would be hard to do by hand, but would not collapse right away,” Funderburgh told DesignSponge. The first step in constructing the jack-o-lantern was to cut two discs off the front of a small-medium sized pumpkin. The skilled team at Death at Sea Design then placed the first disc in the laser cutter, and proceeded to etch out Funderburgh’s vision. “As this was a first for both of us, we weren’t certain how well pumpkin would laser and how burning pumpkin would smell. Turns out that it works pretty well and smells kind of pleasant and autumnal,” Funderburgh told the blog. The artist turned to good-old fashioned hand carving when he discovered that the laser couldn’t quite punch all the way through, and then used toothpicks and glue to stick the carved discs back into the face of the pumpkin. The end result is spectacular.
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EVENT> Critical Halloween Party: Saturday, October 27

CRITICAL HALLOWEEN : On Banality, on Metaphor Saturday, October 27 10pm til Late The Autumn Bowl 67 West Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn The second annual Critical Halloween hosted by the Storefront for Art and Architecture promises to generate a spooky skyline on Saturday. Mixing in a new theme of "Metaphor" with last year's banner of "Banality," guests are invited to critique and comment through costume. Judging by 2011 event (see below), it's the ultimate cathartic carnival for all things architecture and design. Get inspired here. TICKETS $40 Students $100 Everybody Else TICKETS INCLUDE: Admission + Open Bar + Costume Competition Enrollment + Complimentary One-Year Membership to Storefront With: Photography by Naho Kubota Installation curated by NBNY Music by dj N-Ron, Jon Santos and "The Usual Band" Open Bar Costume Competition juried by : Saskia Bos, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Charles Renfro and Eva Franch
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Spooky Starchi-Lanterns Make for a Truly Haunted Halloween

While Halloween 2010 is fast fading into blurry memory and rotting pumpkins are heading curbside, these Starchi-Lanterns featuring the glowing smiles of super-personas old and new were too good to pass up.  Designers Kyle May of Abrahams-May Architects and Julia van den Hout of Steven Holl put their heads together and came away with these sixteen spooky mugs. It looks like Zaha and Gehry are having a swell time in the second row, while just above a stern Rem and Prince-Ramus are staring off in opposite directions.  Kudos to those who identify all the starchitects in the comments.  [ Via NY Observer. ]
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Only In Brooklyn: Archostumes

Last week, we threw out some ideas for architectural-themed Halloween costumes, including a proposal for a New Museum costume. Well, we've been one-, make that twice-upped by this adorable trio, who were spotted Trick-or-Treating in Cobble Hill by a colleague. Marcel Breuer, Frank Lloyd Wright, and SANAA must be so proud.
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Designer Halloween Costumes

WIth Halloween just a day-and-a-half away, there's not much time to come up with a costume if you haven't already. Our pal Nate Berg over at Planetizen has a rather amusing listing of planning-themed costumes, including LEED certified—"don't get your platinum certification mistaken for a silver"—and our personal favorite, FAR—"This costume illustrates the concept of floor area ratio over the course of the night. At first the ratio is low, as you'll likely be standing and dispersing yourself over a relatively small land area. But by the end of the night when you're passed out on the floor after the party, you'll be taking up much more land area and will therefore represent a much higher FAR." Still, everybody knows architects are more clever than planners, so we've come up with five of our own costumes, and we'd also love to hear yours, so leave suggestions in the comments. *Those weird little building-monsters from Content (see: above). *A Lebbeus Woods drawing *The new New Museum: Just grab some chickenwire and cardboard boxes. *A copy of CATIA, or, for those of a certain age, a T-square and watercolors. *Your average bespeckled, bespoke architect.