Thursday, March 31, 2011

Media Sharks

Visiondivision will not be published in the ’1000 x European Architecture’ nor be awarded the WAN prize.

"Dear visiondivision,

since the release of ’1000 x European Architecture’ in 2006, the world of architecture has gone through some major changes: in the midst of a seemingly unstoppable building boom the banking crisis descended on the world economy in 2008, but since 2010 a spirit of optimism has taken hold again.

Right now we are preparing a new volume of this bestseller, featuring 1000 new projects from the past years on 1000 pages. The book will be published in English, released in autumn 2011 and distributed worldwide. We would like to invite you to present your project Hill Hut in this new edition of ’1000 x european architecture’.

If you would like your work to be published in this compendium please provide us with six to eight printable and copyright-free pictures, plans and drawings as well as a short text. Furthermore we are asking for an order of 10 copies of the book for a special subscription price of 75,00 EUR per copy for each of your published project – the retail price will be EUR 125,00.

Dear Architect, it would be our pleasure to present your work in ’1000 x European Architecture’. To assure your participation, please send us the attached form by fax or email until April 11, 2011. As soon as we have received it, we will send you the information on all the data that is needed for the presentation of your project.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.
Yours sincerely
Stephan Goetz

Sales & Distribution
Tel. direct: +49.30.88 71 23 11

Braun Publishing AG
Arenenbergstrasse 2
8268 Salenstein
Tel.: +41.44.586 11 97"

"Hi Stephan,
Thank you for your Swiss hospitality. We respectfully decline your offer.

Best regards
Anders Berensson & Ulf Mejergren

(We have now been offered to be in the book ’1000 x European Architecture’ without paying and respectfully accepted that offer. Since it’s against the principal of visiondivision to change already posted texts we hereby take back the accusation of shark similarities for ’1000 x European Architecture’. ’WAN Healthcare Award 2011’ is however still fishy.)

"Dear Anders & Ulf, I am writing to you regarding your “Children's Hospital Prototype” project, in connection with our WAN Healthcare Award. We think it could be a contender for the WAN Healthcare Award 2011, so I wanted to confirm if the project was completed in the last 3 years? If so, would you be interested in submitting the project as an entry for the competition?The competition is open to entry for all healthcare projects completed on / after 1st January 2008 - we are looking for outstanding, innovative and unique designs to take part in this competition, and believe that your project exhibits all the required qualities to be a potential winner, so we would be delighted if you decide to take part.Please find attached a copy of the invitation - you can also find more information on entry submissions at the following link:

The entrance fee is £350 but an early registration price of £295 GBP/$448.06 USD/$533.68 AUD/$476.86 CAD/ 357.04 EURO is available for entries made before 31st March 2011.

(Also, for this competition there is a category for unbuilt / design only projects, for any unrealised gems that you would like to showcase to WAN’s global audience!)Could you please confirm whether you might be interested in entering this or any other recent projects for this year’s award? I look forward to hearing from you.Thanks & Kind Regards,
James Forryan
WAN Awards
World Architecture News
Suite 101b - Media Centre
21-22 Old Steyne
Tel: +44 (0)1273 648 935
Fax: +44 (0)20 7657 3434

"Thanks but no thanks and have a jolly good day!

Quick maths:

Mr Goetz takes 750 EUR for each project (1000 projects) = 750 000 EUR

Mr Forryan takes £350 for each contribution (last year 840) = £ 294 000

Great work guys.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Historic Preservation Commission

This video was captured from an excellent television program that came to our attention while zapping randomly through our 400+ channels in our living room while staying in Indianapolis.
Having so much channels means that some of them turned out to be quite specific, like the one that broadcasts from a hearing at the City council in Indianapolis for example, where a hardworking and upright citizen gives the speech of his life to convince the decision makers at the Historic Preservation Commission so that he could keep his aluminum clad windows that he by different reasons decided to replace from the original wooden ones.
The commission has also applied some pressure on the man to replace his front door with a more proper "French door".