To look upon Indianapolis’s built environment is to see a city not run by people or their government, but by uninspired, profit-hungry “developers” (in quotes because “develop” implies a maturation or advancement, and most real-estate developers move in the opposite direction; a regression). Indianapolis was once at the cutting edge of architecture, boasting a signature downtown look and feel while also allowing idiosyncratic, charming neighborhoods to develop their own styles. No longer the case. Most of the new builds in the downtown area look generic and feel flimsy. It is as if our depressing penchant for chain restaurants has spilled over into our architectural language. Developers and the architects they employ cannot be trusted to improve the situation. Developers have every incentive to (i) deliver bland ideas and (ii) implement them poorly. Their designs play to the lowest common denominator, their builds are meant to just meet our already inadequate building code, and their legal obligation—even when subsidized by public monies—is to yield personal rather than social profit. As such, the city needs a board or agency to vet architectural proposals on a variety of criteria, including design and aesthetic merit, environmental sustainability, social sensibility, and so forth. Projects failing to meet these and other publicly-minded, forward-thinking criteria should not be allowed to move forward. Sometimes no development is better than false “development”, regardless of the purported economic ramifications. Better yet, the aforementioned public agency or group of civic-minded architects should actively encourage good design, helping citizens determine what they want and need in their city and ensuring that those needs are addressed through good design.


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Creating a successful submission

For great visuals:

  • Shoot videos and selfies horizontally, not vertically. (Turn your phone sideways)
  • Hold the camera as still as possible or put it on a tripod or other fixed location.
  • Keep the camera at eye level and look directly into the camera lens.
  • Film in natural light if possible. If inside, film near a window with the light in front of you, not behind.
  • Do not alter images or video with filters, color correction, text, emojis, etc. We’ll handle that in final editing! Send the original files.

Below are two examples taken outside with correct lighting. 

Two selfies with good light

Below is an example of a selfie that is backlit and another where the light source is in front of the person.

Good and bad selfie example

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  • Find a quiet location.
  • If having someone film a video for you, please make sure they are close enough to capture good audio.

For video files:

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  • Please don’t shoot any larger than 1920 x 1080p and no smaller than 720p.
  • Shooting in 4K is not necessary and will create a large file.

Submission Guidelines

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  • Copy may be edited if lengthy.