(or, “Hopefully 4chan Won’t Hear About This Contest”)
The social-media-ification of everything continues. If you’ve got time for some late-summer procrastination, thanks to the Internet you can choose the design of my house.
As you may have read here two weeks ago, I’m crowdsourcing it. The first competition is over and I received 16 entries — above average for arcbazar.com. That means anyone on the Internet can now help pick a winner. I’d say there are some great designs and many awful ones.
Anyone can submit–no credentials required. So far I don’t think it’s “the worst thing to happen to architecture since the Internet started” but there’s still plenty of time for this to go sideways on me. The next step is voting.
In Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, the young architect Howard Roark says, “I don’t intend to build in order to have clients. I intend to have clients in order to build.” Like Rand’s protagonist, I think some of my designers refused to compromise their unique vision. To give you the flavor, here are some comments my friends made about the low points:
“This house looks like the head of a Minecraft pig”:
We asked for a barn-like building with a gambrel roof. That was a requirement. To write this requirement, “gambrel” is a word I had to look up. Google says:
I think some of the designers really struggled with it! A friend said: “It looks like this building fell down and broke its spine.”
“This appears to be a car dealership.”:
You can help choose the winner here: (You need to sign up for a free login.)
- Arcbazar competition: New Garage/Apartment for Historic Home
There are two separate things to do at this link — voting and commenting. Anyone with an arcbazar login can vote: it’s a numerical rating in five categories.
To vote click “Vote now!” when you are looking at a particular entry. This affects the rankings.
To comment and to read other people’s comments, click the word “Evaluations” when you are looking at a particular entry. You need a Facebook login to add a comment.
2 thoughts on “Architecture or Minecraft?”
Personally, three favorites so far are: “Ladder to an area evoking a hay loft” http://www.arcbazar.com/project/2674056162 — “Downstairs covered patio with pass-through” http://www.arcbazar.com/project/2291856154 — “Balconies on both sides of living room” http://www.arcbazar.com/project/3978588440
The roof line of http://www.arcbazar.com/project/1842101842 evokes the Dow trend line circa 2005 to Sept. 30 2008. It’s the perfect home for Angelo Mozilo.
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