Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Horn, the blowing of one's own

We have won an honourable mention (and with it a modicum of fame and glory and — what was that other thing again? Oh yes, money) in the second competition. As I said on the occasion of our previous not-quite-win, we appear to be doing something right. There will be an appropriate level and kind of celebration tomorrow.

Brian Dettmer carves up old books to reveal stunning beauty within.

And now to bed, to watch "Manhattan" on DVD, an early Christmas present to myself. It's always been one of my favourite Woody Allen films, second only to "Stardust memories" in my recollection; but I haven't actually seen either of them in many years. I'm curious and slightly apprehensive to see whether the film lives up to my memory of it.

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Anonymous Pronoia said...

Congratulations! Horn blowing is eminently wonderful. :-)

December 18, 2007 at 10:06:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Awesome! I am all about the blowing of horns, especially when it's for someone I know.

Those books were cool.

December 18, 2007 at 10:08:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Seraphine said...

Money? That's awesome.
I hope it's enough to
fill a bathtub.

December 18, 2007 at 11:28:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger zhoen said...

I don't know if I could ever watch Woody Allen again. Too much bad associations, personal to myself, public about him. Still like Brighton Beach Memoirs. Rather like Mel Brooks, I prefer his films he didn't star in.

December 19, 2007 at 2:17:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Thank you, my dears!

Seraphine: not a bathtub, alas, only the first prize gets that kind of money; but it might fill a coffee pot or two.

Zhoen: now that you suggest it, I agree. "BBM" was quite good, "Match point" too. Seeing "Manhattan" again after so many years was disappointing and distressing, I shall write about this soon.

December 19, 2007 at 1:58:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Lioness said...

Congrats, dahling, well done! Mony and praise, always a very good combo. What books is Dana talking abt, is she having a moment? I'm back to sci-fi and Firefly/Serenity, all hail the hormonometre.

I liked Manhattan a lot when I watched in when I was 15, I think I wouldn't like it if I re-watched so I'll leave good enough be. No match for Captain Mal anyway and I'm feeling shallow right now. Lss pain in shallow.


December 19, 2007 at 3:12:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Lioness: thank you. DM was not at all momentary, follow the Brian Dettmer link.

December 19, 2007 at 5:11:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

You get paid for submission? Is that standard in Europe? Over here submitting to a contest like that is considered overhead, the winner gets the job and then gets paid for doing the work, the other entrants get nothing. Wish we were able to recover something for the jobs we submitted to.
And congrats - you do good work.

December 19, 2007 at 5:21:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...

Joe: yes, the winners and runners-up (typically 7 or 8) all get a share of the prize money. This is because an architectural competition is not just a submission of "willingness to take part", it is a substantial body of work nearly equivalent to the first stage of an architectural contract as defined by law and custom. The winning scheme is typically only two weeks' work or so away from being ready to submit for outline planning permission.

Four architects and a landscape architect and a structural engineer spent around 1200 hours working on the project, plus around 600 Euros printing costs (excluding the usual interim prints and photocopies done in-house for our own use), plus two days spent building a model.

December 19, 2007 at 5:36:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger moira said...


Also: ooooooooh

December 20, 2007 at 4:14:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Udge said...


December 20, 2007 at 12:38:00 p.m. GMT+1  

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