Storefront for Art and Architecture presented the first iteration of CRITICAL HALLOWEEN , a celebration and costume competition devoted to the most feared ghost of architectural production: BANALITY.

Vanquish your devils. Praise your saviors. Unleash your inner critic in sartorial guise.

Costume Competition Jury : Justin Davidson, Liz Diller and Wangechi Mutu
And check out our prizes!

            A print by architectural photographer Dean Kaufman

            A print by Madelon Vriesendrop

            A drawing by Ryue Nishizawa




Live performance by Hess Is More [Music curated by This Is Care Of]

DJ sets by Kap Ten Kurt, Tiffany Roth, Julio Monterrey & Popdaddy


Where, you ask? 80 Greenwich Street

When, you ask? 10 PM – 3 AM 



Drinks courtesy of Cruzan, Effen, Grolsch, Hornitos & Old Grand Dad.






Host Committee Members

Adam Hayes: Openshop

Amale Andraos and Dan Wood [Work AC]

Ariane and Seth Harrison [HAt]

Bjarke Ingels: BIG

Christian Wassmann

Daniel Arsham

David Allin

Dominic and Chris Leong [LEONG LEONG]

Edwin Meulensteen

Felix Burrichter & Pierre Alexandre de Looz

Georgeen Theodore

Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith  MOS

Julie and Jacob Wildschioedtz

Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg [SO-IL]

Joana da Rocha Sá Lima

Julian Rose  and  Garrett Ricciardi [formlessfinder]

Kyle May and Julia van den Hout [CLOG]

Lizzie Hodges and Marc McQuade

Matthias Hollwich

Mitchell Joachim

Molly Heintz

Pedro Reyes

Peter Russo

Peter Sung

Prem Krishnamurthy

Spyridon Papapetros


Winka Dubbeldam

Zoe Turnbull and Krista Freibaum [Serious Business]


Critically Young Committee

Jason Kurzwell, New Jersey Insitute of Technology
Jess Russell, Cooper Union

Jesse Seegers, Princeton University

Jose Esparza, Columbia University

Matt Austin, Rice University


Storefront thanks its corporate sponsor for this event.




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During the event competition 3 first prizes were awarded:
Davidson selected Mark Kroeckel and Alison Cutler, embodying banality with the costume “Doll Face.” 

Renfro selected Kyle May and Julia van den Hout, who found banality in the standardized representations of individuals in architectural models dressing up as “1:1 Man & Woman / Scalies”. 

Mutu selected Lisa and Ted Landrum who affirmed in a message within the retina of their eyes costume ” Banality is in the of the Beholder”. A mention prize was given to the “Cloud” by Daniel Arsham.

During the post-event competition held in conjunction with Domus, the “people’s choice” was given to “Critical Bubbling” by Lydia Kallipoliti + Laia Celma + Chrysokonoa Mavrou.