See how NYC’s top architecture firms carved their Halloween pumpkins

Posted On Wed, October 31, 2018 By

Posted On Wed, October 31, 2018 By In Archtober, Design, Events, holidays

As one of the highlights of this year’s Archtober celebration of the built environment, Pumpkitecture 2018  saw 20 of NYC’s top architecture firms once again go gourd to gourd to compete for the Pritzkerpumpkin. Find out who squashed the competition, and see some of this year’s most creative entries, ahead.


Alloy jack-in-the-box jack-o-lantern. Credit: Center for Architecture

The Pritzkerpumpkin goes to…
Alloy: Firm members created a jack-in-the-box jack-o-lantern, exploring notions of visibility and presence while emanating sinister smoke plumes.


Credit: Center for Architecture

The People’s Pumpkin /A Pathetic Consolation: Pretentioulicious
SITU: SitooOOoooOOOoooOo scared everybody with dehydrated pumpkin strands altered in two phases using a microwave, followed by a heat machine and later formed into a nest-like structure inspired by Newton’s Cenotaph.


Credit: Center for Architecture

A Pathetic Consolation: Hell Tech
Ennead Architects: Jack-o-Tects took home the Hell Tech prize for their hellish, Hellraiser-esque automated drawing machine.


Credit: Center for Architecture

A Pathetic Consolation: Miserable Mess
Rafael Viñoly Architects: rough-hell sin-ñoly architects took home the Miserable Mess prize for A Risk in Resin, their valiant (but unsuccessful) attempt to create a resin-cast pumpkin.


Credit: Center for Architecture

A Pathetic Consolation: Most Poetic
Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU: Practice for Anarchy and Upheavel | OW recited sweet poetry in honor of Di-vine, their ode to the life-giving pumpkin vine.


Credit: Center for Architecture

A Pathetic Consolation: Most Profound
Davis Brody Bond: Demons Bones Blood took home the Most Profound prize for Atlas Hugged, a humble call, in pumpkin form, for global tolerance and acceptance.


Credit: Center for Architecture

A Pathetic Consolation: The Totem
Weiss/Manfredi: frights/manfreaky took home The Totem prize for their Inception-inspired pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin.


Credit: (c) Erik Bardin


Credit: (c) Erik Bardin

Contestants keep their eyes on the prize (the gilded, elusive Pritzkerpumpkin). Take a look at more of the contestants’ entries in the gallery below.

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