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Bjarke Ingels : Twenty things you should know about BIG...
Bjarke Ingels
Twenty things you should know about BIG...
Nargisse Rafik + Zanoah Bia, December 3, 2007
BJARKE INGELS - P:NIELS LUND PEDERSEN
BJARKE INGELS - P:NIELS LUND PEDERSEN
 
Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG - is a Copenhagen based group of 85 architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development.
Historically the field of architecture has been dominated by 2 opposing extremes. On one side an avant-garde full of crazy ideas. Originating from philosophy, mysticism or a fascination of the formal potential of computer visualizations they are often so detached from reality that they fail to become something other than eccentric curiosities. On the other side there are well organized corporate consultants that build predictable and boring boxes of high standard. Architecture seems to be entrenched in two equally unfertile fronts: Either naively utopian or petrifying pragmatic.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
Storefront for Art and Architecture
 
We believe that there is a third way wedged in the no mans land between the diametrical opposites. Or in the small but very fertile overlap between the two. A pragmatic utopian architecture that takes on the creation of socially, economically and environmentally perfect places as a practical objective. In our projects we test the effects of scale and the balance of programmatic mixtures on the social, economical and ecological outcome. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. Each building site is a testbed for its own pragmatic utopian experiment. At BIG we are devoted to investing in the overlap between radical and reality. Choosing between them you condemn yourself to frustrated martyrdom or apathic affirmation. By hitting the fertile overlap, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit the way we want to live. In all our actions we try to move the focus from the little details to the BIG picture.

SJA_PLOT = BIG + JDS_Vegar Moen
SJA_PLOT = BIG + JDS_Vegar Moen
 
SJA_PLOT = BIG + JDS_Vegar Moen
SJA_PLOT = BIG + JDS_Vegar Moen
 
E.D.: Who are you and how would you describe yourself?

Bjarke Ingels: I am a 32 year old cartoonist that discovered that you can also create powerful visuals and tell interesting (funny) stories outside the image frame or the speech bubble. I like individual freedom combined with collective effort. And I love to express myself as well as creating the conditions for others to express themselves.


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