I think the contest is an amazing creative outlet, and it is almost done perfectly…i have a Major beef with the judges. from what I saw, there are NO architects??? i think this is truly a huge mistake. Being an architect and in the CG world, i know that a Practicing architect will bring so much more to the jury process. I think the jury will affect what people submit, look at the inspiration area…its a load of sci-fi, star trek, video gamish stuff…which is ALL gorgeous mind-you…but when you refer to Gehry, and have architecture in the title of the contest…i think you should have at least one practicing architect on the panel.
i dont say this to be negative, i say this because this IS a freakin wonderful contest, and if it will every attract more than the gamers and trekies, we need to step up the true archiecture side of things…There are loads of young, conceptual, 3d, theoretical designers out there…im sure they would love to help.
my 2 cents.