Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sleeping bird vs Architecture


almost asleep


The visiondivision team is currently in Bolivia doing research for their next project. Last night we saw a toucan that was sleeping on a branch, and it was very fascinating, in fact more fascinating and interesting than most of the architecture that is built today. Then we came up with the idea that this sleeping bird could be a new measurement in our field. Next time we see a new piece of architecture, we will ask ourselves if it has achieved more stimulation to our senses than that sleeping bird.
When the toucan is awake, few things in architecture can match it. Its main feature is its colourful beak that looks like it is made out of plastic, but while sleeping, the bird is curled up like a ball, and you cannot see it. Still, maybe it is unfair to restrained architects with limited budgets to accomplish something like this, but it is disappointingly few that tries and have the courage to do so.

We think that architecture would be bolder if we included more objects as references in the academic discussion. If architecture would be compared to all designs like cars, weapons, animals and nature, we would soon realize that architecture are not as interesting as it could be.

We will always try to be better than that sleeping bird in Bolivia.
It is not going to be easy, but after all we are visiondivision, and after all the bird are asleep.

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