Here's what happened when New York's architects got hold of pumpkin patch 31.10.18

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SITU Peoples Pumpkin and Pretentioulicious desiccated pumpkin strands H6A3649 copy

Gaze with wonder on the 'architectural abominations' carved by some of New York's major firms


The Center for Architecture, New York hosted its third-annual 'Pumpkitecture' competition on Friday, with 19 East Coast firms fighting it out for the top prize, dubbed the Pritzkerpumpkin. Take a look at the winner and inspired runners-up - awarded the 'pathetic consolation' prizes - from practices including, SITU, Weiss/Manfredi and Rafael Viñoly, and scroll to the bottom to see the grand prize winner. 

All Photots courtesy Center for Architecture.

A Pathetic Consolation: Miserable Mess to Rafael Viñoly Architects

The judges said: 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.

Rafael Vinoly Architects miserable mess incomplete resin pumpkin H6A3674

A Pathetic Consolation: The Totem to Weiss/Manfredi

The judges said: frights/manfreaky took home The Totem prize for their Inception-inspired pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin-within-a-pumpkin.

WEISSMANFREDI the totem inception pumpkin H6A3822


A Pathetic Consolation: Most Profound to Davis Brody Bond

 The judges said: Demons Bones Blood took home the Most Profound prize for Atlas Hugged, a humble call, in pumpkin form, for global tolerance and acceptance.

Davis Brody Bond most profound Atlas Hugged H6A3700

The People's Pumpkin /A Pathetic Consolation: Pretentioulicious to SITU

The judges said: SitooOOoooOOOoooOo dehydrated pumpkin strands in two phases - with a microwave, followed by a heat machine - which were later formed into a nest-like structure inspired by Newton's Cenotaph.

SITU IMG 5824 Credit Center for Architecture 

WINNER: Pritzkerpumpkin to Alloy

The judges said: This year's dreaded, deadly jury conferred the Pritzkerpumpkin on first-time team Allium. Firm members conceptualized a jack-in-the-box jack-o-lantern, which explored notions of visibility and presence while emanating sinister smoke plumes.

Alloy Pritzkerpumpkin Jack in the box H6A3667

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