Quantcast

Burden of Life-Amanda Burden-NYC City Planning-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYCBurden of Life, everyone dressed as Amanda Burden, the director of NYC Department of City Planning (+ Mayor Bloomberg and some recognizable buildings passed during her tenure such as The New York Times building)

In its third year, the Storefront for Art and Architecture‘s Critical Halloween is actually an art and architecture initiative disguised as a costume party. Guests use their creative costume design to address critical themes, this year’s being “Corporate Avant Garde,” a “composite figure born out of two scary fictions.” The prompt asked guests to “celebrate and denounce the preconceptions and virtues embedded in the self proclaimed avant-gardes of the 20th century and the corporate world.”

One of our Untapped Cities contributors was there, in costume, with his architecture firm (we won’t reveal which one though). As a testament to the creativity of the participants, there were very few actually dressed as buildings unlike the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball. We can only expect higher levels of abstraction at a costume party for architects! An online vote is being run by Hyperallergic, so check out some of our favorites below and vote! (All images by Cameron Blaylock  via Hyperallergic)

Architects Bullshit Generator, for anybody that has been subject to wonderful architecture-speak:

Architects Bullshit Generator-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Architecture The Musical, a play on Banksy’s Occupy! The Musical work during his NYC “Better Out Than In” street art residency:

Architecture The Musical-Banksy-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Banksy Stencils: 

Banksy Stencils-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Exposed Brick: 

Exposed Brick-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Upzoning, referencing FAR (floor area ration) that impacts building heights:

Up Zoned-Banksy-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Form Follows Function: 

Form Follows Function-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Grasshopper and Rhino, two architecture modeling softwares:

Grasshopper and Rhino-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Frank Stella Protractor Series:

Frank Stella Protractor Series-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Fundraiser for +Pool, the floating, self-filtering pool for the East River:

Fundraiser-+Pool-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Emojitecture:

Emojitecture-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Heisenberg Methhead:

Heisenberg Meth-head-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Jeff Koons Retrospective:

Jeff Koons Retrospetive-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Le Corbusier:

Le Corbusier-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Maison Domino and Piloti, referencing Le Corbusier:

Maison Domino and Piloti-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

MOMA Rain Room:

MOMA Rain Room-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Pantone’s 50 Shades of Gray:

Pantones 50 Shades of Gray-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Stock Photography: 

Stock Photographer-Storefront for Art and Architecture-Critical Halloween-Corporate Avant garde-NYC

Get in touch with the author @untappedmich. See more quirky NYC facts and discoveries in our “Daily What?!” series. Submit your own via Twitter with the hashtag #DailyWhat.

Leave a Comment