Bjarke Ingels: Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future
Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels' architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building's occupants and surroundings. Full bio
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proportions as a LEGO man.
that LEGO is from their home country.
when the LEGO family called me
to design the Home of the Brick.
we built it out of LEGO, obviously.
and as engaging and as playful
playgrounds on the roofscape.
can roam around freely without a ticket.
museums in the world
to touch all the artifacts.
is "formgivning," which literally means
which has not yet been given form.
to give form to the future.
is that LEGO is not a toy.
to build his or her own world,
that world through play
in cohabiting and cocreating that world.
to give form to our future.
project in Copenhagen,
of wood next to each other.
with extra ceiling heights and balconies.
or any organic form,
of the strongest drivers of architecture.
where Granville bridge triforks
mapping the different constraints.
setback from the bridge
into the traffic on the bridge.
we can't cast any shadows.
is really about minimum distance --
we can grow the building back out.
a curtain aback,
through the cracks in the pavement
we've worked with Rodney Graham
the Sistine Chapel of street art,
impact of the bridge into a positive.
this kind of surreal architecture,
a museum can also serve as a bridge.
that spans across a river
through the exhibitions
of a sculpture park to the other.
adapted to its landscape.
for an energy company
like an Issey Miyake fabric.
the predominant direction of the sun,
from solid to clear.
without any moving parts
of the geometry of the facade,
on cooling by 30 percent.
the building look elegant
that is adapted to its climate.
the Copenhagen courtyard building
where people can hang out
in the middle of a city,
and the verticality
waste-to-energy power plant.
waste-to-energy power plant in the world,
coming out of the chimney.
that is completely invisible.
we have snow, as you can see,
to get to Sweden,
let's put an alpine ski slope
we did a few months ago.
world-changing power of formgivning.
on the roof of the power plant.
that's their baseline.
they can put forward for their future.
we're building our smallest project.
in a shipyard in Poland,
across the Baltic sea
into the clean port of Copenhagen,
from the thermal mass of the sea,
village on the Seine.
nomadic, impermanent architecture.
are experiencing a lot of change.
and climate change.
flood protection for Manhattan
of the city from the water around it.
it's this amazing new park in New York.
popular promenades in the city.
flood protection for Manhattan
until we shut it down before it gets nice?
living along the waterfront of New York,
to design the necessary flood protection
makes their waterfront
we are putting, like, pavilions
and protect from the water.
the underside more enjoyable,
from the noise of the highway,
the necessary flood protection
an incoming storm surge.
that we have called the Dryline,
going to keep Manhattan dry.
on the first East River portion
infrastructure for resilience
and environmental side effects.
in facing this situation.
cities in the world
to withstand the inevitable flood.
where all of the parks are wet gardens,
and waste water.
permanently living on the sea.
imagine a floating city
of the Sustainable Development Goals
so it can produce its own power,
of the currents, of the waves,
all of the rain water that drops
or the resources for a dairy diet.
with all the waste locally,
and turning the waste into energy.
urban master plan,
where the cars can drive
where you can put some buildings.
with a handful of scientists
with all of the renewable,
the flow of resources
or this kind of urban metabolism.
to resist a tropical storm.
to form a small community.
kind of coastal additions,
with its own coastal landscape.
has to remain relatively low
the permaculture gardens.
so all of the roofs are maximized
and to shade from the sun.
light and renewable,
this charming, warm environment.
to be able to fit on this platform.
inside the pontoon,
of the student housings
for the energy that's produced,
with all of the waste and the composting.
through this landscape
where we have vertical farms;
and the aquaponics.
we have the ocean farms
to regenerate habitat.
small island for 300 people.
to form a cluster or a neighborhood
to form an entire city for 10,000 people.
if this floating city flourishes,
like a culture in a petri dish.
we are looking at placing this,
you will see the maritime residents
of aquatic transportation.
in the permaculture gardens
but also social landscapes.
for the cultural life of the city,
of farming and science
this community port
both by day and by night.
is designed for the tropics,
can adapt to any culture,
a Middle Eastern floating city
floating city one day.
is 70 percent water.
woke up tomorrow
that are destined to sink in the seas,
of floating human habitats.
in the universe is change.
and right now, our climate is changing.
the crisis is, and it is,
to give form to our future.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERBjarke Ingels - Architect
Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels' architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building's occupants and surroundings.
Why you should listen
Bjarke Ingels is principal of BIG, based in Copenhagen. An alumnus of Rem Koolhaas' OMA practice, Ingels takes a similar approach: experimenting with pure space, but never losing sight of the building as a solution to a real-world problem. His manifesto "Yes Is More" takes the form of a giant cartoon strip, 130 meters long, that reminds people to keep thinking big -- to see all our modern problems as challenges that inspire us. (The manifesto is now available in comic-book form.)
His deeply-thought-out and often rather large works -- including several skyscrapers and mixed-use projects in a developing section of Copenhagen, plus a project for a new commercial harbor-island -- work to bring coherence to the urban fabric and to help their occupants and users lead better lives. His most famous works include: the Stavanger Concert House, Tallinn’s city hall and the VM Houses. He recently won a competition to design Copenhagen’s waste-to-energy plant with a design that will place a ski slope on top of the structure.
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