Archinect - News 2014-08-20T04:55:26-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105885132/more-details-on-big-s-cage-free-zootopia-redesign More details on BIG's cage-free “Zootopia” redesign Justine Testado 2014-08-06T02:01:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T12:46:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/57/57xxgspnhqlogc7l.jpg" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a commission for the iconic Givskud Zoo in Denmark, BIG's current proposal "Zootopia" includes an open, cage-free zoo landscape for the animals to roam in that is divided into three zones titled "Asia", "Africa", and "America". Human visitors can then observe and ogle at the animals in integrated structures or at elevated viewpoints, and ideally out of the animals' plain sight.</p><p>Despite BIG's optimistic approach in the redesign, a manmade zoo can't fully replace the animals' true natural habitats&nbsp;&mdash; no matter how spacious or meticulously replicated.</p><p>Check out the current proposal below:</p><p>Project statement:&nbsp; "Architects&rsquo; greatest and most important task is to design man-made ecosystems - to ensure that our cities and buildings suit the way we want to live. We must make sure that our cities offer a generous framework for different people - from different backgrounds, economy, gender, culture, education and age &ndash; so they can live together in harmony while taking into account individual ne...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105860949/denmark-s-cage-free-zoo-will-put-humans-in-captivity Denmark's cage-free zoo will put humans in captivity Alexander Walter 2014-08-05T13:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:42:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b82fd38ad01cc829a31591e95ce3dd21.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bjarke Ingels&rsquo;s &lsquo;zootopia&rsquo; reverses the role of captor and captive to let animals roam free, while humans are hidden from view. But will it become a feral version of the Hunger Games?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103881621/delve-into-the-big-maze-at-the-national-building-museum-in-washington-d-c Delve into The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Justine Testado 2014-07-10T20:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T15:15:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o8ywliraommeyu6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A life-size maze like the one BIG installed in partnership with the National Building Museum will attract plenty of attention, regardless if people know who BIG is or not. Constructed in the museum's iconic Great Hall, the maze was set up as an interactive sneakpeek for BIG's exhibition scheduled to open at the museum in January 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As a follow-up to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous mention</a> of the maze, here's a little more detail behind it:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2v8m1m4xgpbdajh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rf/rf2zqbuetu22xhe7.jpg"></p><p>Check out a time-lapse video of the maze's construction below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103322777/get-lost-in-big-s-human-scale-maze Get lost in BIG's human-scale maze Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-03T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:25:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3de994b2221f19c888f2b02af62b5339.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum teamed up with international architecture firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a maze right in the Great Hall. [...] The museum&rsquo;s &ldquo;ubergoal is that people walk out of here looking at their built world differently,&rdquo; Frankel says. &ldquo;We think this is sort of on the microlevel of that &mdash; forcing people to look up [as they navigate the maze] will make them look at our building differently.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101804309/big-chosen-to-expand-headquarters-of-swiss-watchmaker-audemars-piguet-in-la-vall-e-de-joux BIG chosen to expand headquarters of Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in La Vallée de Joux Justine Testado 2014-06-13T20:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79eg5cijz8rb7e4x.jpg" width="514" height="185" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Family-owned Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet have chosen BIG, HG Merz, Luchinger &amp; Meyer, and Muller Illien as having the winning design for a new expansion of their headquarters in La Vall&eacute;e de Joux, La Brassus, Switzerland. Adding quite the literal twist to the timeline concept, BIG's proposal -- titled Maison des Fondateurs -- dons a 25,000 ft. spiral-shaped museum that tells the centuries-long history of Audemars Piguet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xyz1xif1ofua5ztv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccsulotuynjbmrai.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t0/t0z2sx5is30p3qr1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2ievfpfdwddq1d4.jpg"></p><p>Dig into the details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_chosen_to_expand_headquarters_of_swiss_watchmaker_audemars_piguet_in_la/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101030520/a-closer-look-into-the-big-u-big-s-winning-proposal-for-rebuild-by-design A closer look into “The BIG U”, BIG’s winning proposal for Rebuild By Design Justine Testado 2014-06-03T19:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:18:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1baudtsjdma3b0y.jpg" width="514" height="396" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From yesterday's announcement of the Rebuild By Design winners by the U.S. Department of HUD, we've got more details behind "The BIG U" by the BIG Team, who had one of the six winning propoals. The BIG-led consortium was awarded $335 million to implement their proposal for New York's Lower Manhattan, with the goal to increase the neighborhood's resiliency to future storm disasters. And with a name like "The BIG U", one can only be curious to find out more.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jqaa8icidbvi61ud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ijgyx29nz75dur6u.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ph/phufkzphhyh05e60.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6t/6tcwnbfgcc8924m9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5bwegv4cu5xuw4t.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o6/o6zbahaw085xzdqo.jpg"></p><p>Read more about the proposal on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_closer_look_into_the_big_u_bigs_winning_proposal_for_rebuild_by_design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100228770/big-kilo-launch-big-cities-tableware-for-rosenthal-s-gropius-inspired-collection BIG + KILO launch "BIG Cities" tableware for Rosenthal's Gropius-inspired collection Justine Testado 2014-05-22T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-05-22T14:39:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u3/u3ont3lkru3b0pn4.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's all in the details with <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> + <a href="http://www.kilodesign.dk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KILO</a>'s newly launched "BIG Cities" tableware collection. The longtime Danish collaborators worked with major porcelain manufacturer <a href="http://www.rosenthal.de/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rosenthal</a> to craft the table set for the company's TAC collection. The collection was first developed in the 1960s and includes designs based on those of Walter Gropius and his historic Boston firm The Architects' Collaborative&nbsp;&mdash; or TAC.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r9ah7xnbsrm6id00.jpg"></p><p>The pieces bring present-day appeal to any table setting with minimal, geometric forms that draws its style roots from Bauhaus. At first glance, the thin blue lines etched onto the white porcelain look like an abstract motif.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3y/3ytx2kniy7reh6xm.jpg"></p><p>But taking a closer look reveals the silhouettes of famous architectural landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben as well as some recognizable city skylines like Sydney, Moscow, Tokyo, Istanbul, New York, and of course Copenhagen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t29dgxgqoab8840x.jpg"></p><p>Dinner and charger plates are available six different variants each, while all other pieces in the collection com...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92228551/big-hks-mda-unveils-honeycomb-resort-design-for-the-bahamas BIG + HKS + MDA unveils Honeycomb resort design for The Bahamas Justine Testado 2014-01-27T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-02-03T19:24:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iz/izv7zo0ego8qae0c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.hksinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a> and <a href="http://mdabahamas.com/index.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Diggiss Architects</a>, revealed their design for the Honeycomb residential building in the beach and golf resort community of Albany in The Bahamas. Commissioned by Tavistock Group and New Valley LLC, the 175,000 ft&sup2; (approx. 16,000 m&sup2;) residential building will be the tallest structure in Albany, set to become a new centerpiece for the city.<br><br>BIG sent us more details on the project right below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uy/uy2gnvwqnrotammf.jpg"><br><br>"The fa&ccedil;ade has a hexagonal pattern that uniquely frames the natural beauty of the Island. The balconies are deep enough to not only provide outdoor spaces, but also summer kitchens and a pool sunken into the balcony of each unit."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ls/ls3nt4ky832b800s.jpg"><br><br>"These pools have a transparent edge towards the plaza, eliminating the visual barrier between the pool and the environment. Bathers can be fully immersed in the view of the marina and the ocean beyond."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/is/isq19s1ohywke821.jpg"><br><br>"Bjarke Ingels: 'Our design is driven by an effort to maximize the enjoyment of the abundant natural qualities of Al...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89832858/an-enormous-ice-castle-worthy-of-china-s-biggest-bank An enormous ice castle worthy of China’s biggest bank Archinect 2013-12-27T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c2fa8d392805a91c6a959b6ebd394cc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This ice castle&mdash;or, ice bank fortress&mdash;is perhaps the most spectacular entrant in the 30th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin. A sign hanging outside the sculpture suggests it&rsquo;s intended to look like a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the nation&rsquo;s biggest bank.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89145073/big-s-proposal-for-the-new-axel-springer-hq-in-berlin BIG’s proposal for the new Axel Springer HQ in Berlin Justine Testado 2013-12-18T15:37:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T12:03:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9t/9tad5jnw0z53z23h.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As we mentioned earlier today, BIG was revealed as one of three finalists &mdash; along with OMA and Buro-OS &mdash; for the new Axel Springer Media Campus in Berlin. The new Axel Springer headquarters will be located at one of the last remaining plots of the historic former site of the Berlin Wall. All winning entries will be publicly displayed at the German Architecture Centre (DAZ) in Berlin from Dec. 17 - Dec. 22.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a glimpse of BIG's proposal:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v5desg2kgoqcwpzt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/568pclyidpe6dn24.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bz/bzse7w4we26uzcjb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01fo6dfxc85h56bu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lr/lrpb33uexx6dkenb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89141862/big-oma-buro-ole-scheeren-win-axel-springer-campus-berlin-competition-who-s-on-top BIG, OMA & Buro Ole Scheeren win Axel Springer Campus Berlin competition - Who’s on top? Alexander Walter 2013-12-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T19:09:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghz4if4eb2bj57zv.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international competition for the new Berlin Media Campus of German publishing house Axel Springer, the jury managed to agree upon their three favorite entries &mdash; but not quite yet in which order. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), OMA (Rem Koolhaas) and Buro Ole Scheeren were selected as winners from a group of five finalists (including SANAA and Kuehn Malvezzi) that were invited to present their proposals to the jury on December 12. Eighteen submissions had been received altogether.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The competition brief had deliberately not placed tight restrictions on the submitted designs &mdash; something that the three winners will now have to finalize in their proposals before the jury selects the overall winner.</em></p> <p> <strong>BIG:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rncs2fk47yahfk0s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>OMA:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z2zh13ces6igwboo.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Buro Ole Scheeren:</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/br/brkklyojj2vww5yq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of Axel Springer.</em></p> <p> Who do you think will take the prize? Let us know in the comments below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86989645/big-to-design-museum-of-the-human-body-in-montpellier-france BIG to design Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France Justine Testado 2013-11-20T13:53:00-05:00 >2014-08-06T05:50:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jhf51axa3ld4ywlm.jpg" width="514" height="545" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG is having a good week, now with another competition win to design the Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier, France. The jury &mdash; led by City Mayor Ms H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Mandroux &mdash; selected BIG out of five international shortlisted teams. BIG collaborated on the design with A+Architecture + Egis + Base + L'Echo + Celsius Environnement + CCVH.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5axjl8ypezt9gee.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/hudc2c17jmmhpjgw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftiyqwky4z6cf631.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i4/i445i20m46yst2h3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ce/ce9f6ac4d7vbqwbk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkj24ehviw06u4zj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ka/kay76cpjno7e58bj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7art5hom6tjf2o5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of BIG (top four images by BIG + MIR).</em></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/big_to_design_museum_of_the_human_body_in_montpellier_france/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> to read more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86848249/big-s-bl-vand-bunker-museum-to-be-built-in-historic-dune-landscape-in-varde-denmark BIG’s Blåvand Bunker Museum to be built in historic dune landscape in Varde, Denmark Justine Testado 2013-11-18T17:53:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T17:56:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dxutauz2gwozt8ua.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG's latest museum design, the Bl&aring;vand Bunker Museum, will be built in the historic dune landscape of Varde in Denmark after the museum received the necessary funding from the A.P. M&oslash;ller and Chastine Mc-Kinney M&oslash;ller Foundation. The museum will transform a former German WWII bunker into a four-volume museum complex &mdash; all while fully integrated into one of the dunes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pigafdk0ftfnrbr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iu26evgnis07y5op.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/di/dibsynzas3vso57s.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j77mzuul5hlk7bna.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of BIG.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86391951/editor-s-picks-341 Editor's Picks #341 Nam Henderson 2013-11-12T19:20:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T10:09:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4gp12ibmvdmiz6z.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Rosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an Op-Ed -&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85989677/op-ed-millennials-and-opportunity-embracing-intentional-vs-spontaneous-change-in-the-workforce" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennials and Opportunity: Embracing Intentional vs Spontaneous Change in the Workforce</a>.&nbsp;In the piece she puts a challenge/question to her contemporaries; "<em>What if rather than changing jobs or companies, you tried to change the system or culture within your existing work environment?...as our generation of millennials 'grows up' a little bit, and decides to potentially (just maybe?!) settle down a bit, how do we identify opportunities to yield change through a thoughtful investment of time and commitment?</em>".</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/stevenward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a>&nbsp;agreed with the gist but added "<em>i think there is value in change at the beginning of your career&hellip;later on, stability is good&hellip;but don't just stick to stick. find a situation that you value, that makes you want to become rooted and engaged in a more committed way</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bl/bl1rg0c8pd8kqyjd.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Plus, the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/85837677/working-out-of-the-box-the-sugar-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liz von Hasseln, one part of the husband-and-wife team and 3D sugar-printing design firm, The Sugar ...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85854633/big-in-arquitectura-viva-s-monographs BIG in Arquitectura Viva's "Monographs" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-06T18:03:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T10:11:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0noiqv2v9y5i1y72.jpg" width="514" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It seems as if BIG will stop at nothing short of world domination. As the subject of Arquitectura Viva&rsquo;s 162nd monograph, the sheer volume and span of projects from Bjarke Ingels Group since its founding in 2005 is staggering. After breaking away from OMA and then his partnership with&nbsp; Julien De Smedt of PLOT to form BIG, Bjarke Ingels has consistently spewed out (mostly unbuilt) large-scale international projects, while also establishing a momentous array of icons.</p> <p> Within the Danish context, <a href="http://www.big.dk/#projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> is a loud firm -- in presence, perspective, and popularity. Conceptually, the projects blend Danish sensibilities of high-minded idealism and humbled, matter-of-fact rationalism with social-democratic values and no small seasoning of pomo gimmickry. A maritime museum &ldquo;docked&rdquo; in the landscape? A waste-energy treatment plant that blows smoke rings? A multi-use Chinese hotel complex, shaped like the character for &ldquo;the people&rdquo;? But in their graphical representation, through promotional mat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84303288/big-selected-for-new-mid-market-arts-district-building-in-san-francisco BIG selected for new Mid-Market Arts District building in San Francisco Alexander Walter 2013-10-16T16:31:00-04:00 >2013-11-23T06:48:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jkd5awo89zci7g1u.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG will get to design 950-974 Market, a new development in San Francisco's Mid-Market Arts District. Prevailing over strong competitors like OMA and Sn&oslash;hetta, this will be the first project for BIG on the U.S. West Coast. The 446,000 sqf (42,000 sqm) mixed-use development will include residential units, retail, arts space and theaters.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81836766/the-story-behind-failure-copenhagen-s-business-district-restad The Story Behind Failure: Copenhagen’s Business District Ørestad Orhan Ayyüce 2013-09-16T03:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T21:03:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xx/xxdm26oh2swsfbic.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&rdquo;Recently we have witnessed the mounting of very large development projects in European and American cities. There is a striking physical similarity among the schemes and also a convergence embodied in private-sector involvement and market orientation.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> European urbanist&nbsp;Lea Olsson and&nbsp;Jan Loerakker gets to the bottom of recent urban development ventures in Europe and set up a pattern repeated in many other places in the World.</p> <p> <em>"This essay doesn&rsquo;t try to blame the public-private model for certain urban failures, but rather tries to make clear what factors are determining a positive or negative outcome. Looking at the role that, for instance, architectural firm BIG played in the &Oslash;restad development, this leaves us with the question how we should position ourselves as architects and urban planners in this contemporary power structure. Should we work in close affiliation with private investors who give us room to express ourselves &ndash; or will this limit our social role? Will the state only allow us to build the mediocre &ndash; or do we need public influence to add meaningful and long-lasting buildings and spaces to the city? In the precarious balance of public-private partnerships the answer of our discipline to those questions will be c...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76682209/canadian-telecom-giant-telus-taps-big-for-landmark-tower-in-calgary Canadian telecom giant TELUS taps BIG for landmark tower in Calgary Archinect 2013-07-09T17:13:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T19:13:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5edd1kgub3y68za2.jpg" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 750,000 square foot vibrant mixed-use tower will incorporate office, retail and residential space. There will be 430,000 square feet of office space, of which 155,000 square feet will be for TELUS. The development, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017, will provide approximately 250 jobs for Calgarians, and engage local trades and companies to complete our vision.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>$400-million, 750,000 square foot LEED Platinum project to transform Calgary&rsquo;s skyline with an architectural marvel, creating a dynamic community of blended urban living and working</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2mrrw61plurauf3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Calgary, AB</strong> &ndash; TELUS is reaching for the sky with a new architectural landmark in Calgary&rsquo;s downtown core, transforming the entire 7th Avenue block into one of the most technologically innovative and environmentally-friendly sites in North America.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lz9lv5hqj6v7kqwn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;The TELUS team is tremendously proud of our longstanding history in Alberta and thrilled to announce the development of TELUS Sky, which will stand as a lasting symbol of our passionate commitment to the Calgary community, our customers, our team members and to the province of Alberta,&rdquo; said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. &ldquo;Our new development is a powerful contribution to Calgary&rsquo;s economic strength, culture and social vitality. Notably, TELUS Sky will inject millions of dollars into the community and create hundreds of local jobs while...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75004861/editor-s-picks-319 Editor's Picks # 319 Nam Henderson 2013-06-11T11:52:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T18:51:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cn/cnf963f139lii3pv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh9wiiui4vhkvwt3.jpg"></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;spoke with Ali Jeevanjee and Ben Anderson from the <a href="http://fluxfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux Foundation</a>, an Oakland based organization dedicated to producing large scale public art via a collaborative process. To this end they installed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/73629983/the-sidewalk-s-end-by-flux-foundation-for-coachella-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk's End at this year&rsquo;s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California, back in April 2013</a>.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74507137/peter-zumthor-s-450-000-000-black-flower-for-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over at the LA Times Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA's unfurled Peter Zumthor's design</a>. Mr. Hawthorne wrote "<em>Still a work in progress, the design is full of gestures that are more speculative, even searching, than fully formed. One crucial element that remains under-developed is how it will feel to walk beneath the museum's raised main floor &mdash; and how the underside of the building will be clad or look as seen from the ground. (In such a large, dark piece of architecture it will be important to keep that space from feeling cave-like.) The plan so far has little to say about landscape architecture</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2532608/gregory-walker" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gregory Walker</a>&nbsp;had a few questions "<em>is this really any ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74640870/design-for-lego-house-designed-by-big-unveiled-today Design for LEGO House, designed by BIG, unveiled today Archinect 2013-06-05T13:30:00-04:00 >2013-06-13T09:32:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivcd93wlmmco7070.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The LEGO Group today revealed the design of the experience center &ldquo;The LEGO House&rdquo;. The center, which will be built in Denmark, illustrates the systematic creativity of LEGO bricks and is expected to attract 250,000 visitors annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73175771/big-design-partners-propose-miami-beach-square-as-massive-convention-center-redevelopment BIG & Design Partners Propose Miami Beach Square as Massive Convention Center Redevelopment Alexander Walter 2013-05-14T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-18T18:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znfg6py4tlo1qzhz.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG together with West 8, Fentress Architects, John Portman &amp; Associates (JPA), Revuelta Architecture International and developers Portman-CMC have unveiled the urban planning proposal Miami Beach Square, the centerpiece of a 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center District development. Portman-CMC is one of two development teams currently in the race for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77365740/oma-wins-miami-beach-convention-center-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands BIG’s Marknagil Education Center Breaks Ground on Faroe Islands Alexander Walter 2013-04-18T21:31:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T18:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/or/orcjju1q8q3sd9ou.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It seems to be big groundbreaking week for Danish firms right now: yesterday we reported about schmidt hammer lassen architects kicking off construction of their enormous International Criminal Court campus in The Hague, The Netherlands, and now we're also hearing of BIG breaking ground on the Marknagil Education Center&mdash;soon to become the biggest building on the Faroe Islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Together with local architects Fuglark and a team of consultants, BIG had won the competition for the 19,200 sqm / 206,667 sq ft educational facility back in 2009.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71428040/big-wins-europacity-competition BIG Wins EuropaCity Competition Alexander Walter 2013-04-17T17:56:00-04:00 >2014-01-11T12:09:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5t51i8qf4a4jil45.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG, along with fellow team members Tess, Transsolar, Base, Transitec, and Michel Forgue, has been selected to design EuropaCity, an 80-hectare cultural and commercial destination in the heart of France.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69334482/lego-taps-big-and-raa-to-design-the-lego-brand-house-a-public-lego-museum-and-experience-center-in-denmark LEGO taps BIG and RAA to design the LEGO Brand House, a public LEGO museum and experience center, in Denmark Archinect 2013-03-12T18:27:00-04:00 >2013-03-18T18:49:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2e5nke36pwxopov.jpg" width="514" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is one of our great dreams at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO Group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society,&rdquo; says Bjarke Ingels, founder and partner, BIG.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68530453/smithsonian-hires-bjarke-ingels-group-to-rethink-historic-d-c-campus Smithsonian hires Bjarke Ingels Group to rethink historic D.C. campus Archinect 2013-02-28T16:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-02T09:24:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lfyi4le60md6vy2j.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ingels has been asked to envision a gateway, one that invites visitors to learn, rest and escape and then leads them north to the rest of the Mall. B.I.G. will be responsible for site and building investigations, programming, campus planning, architectural and engineering design concepts and cost analysis. The area "suffers from some notable impediments, and the buildings within the landscape are not utilized in a fully functional and efficient way," the Smithsonian says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65622873/copenhagen-s-superkilen-urban-park-by-big-topotek1-superflex Copenhagen’s Superkilen Urban Park by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex Alexander Walter 2013-01-16T14:00:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:10:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oo/oohr79961sr0955h.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the 2013 AIA Institute Honor Awards with eight projects from around the world being recognized in the category "Regional and Urban Design." One of the lucky award winners is Superkilen, an urban park master plan in Copenhagen designed by BIG in collaboration with landscape architects Topotek1 and artists' group Superflex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63951640/big-news-planning-commission-approves-durst-s-57th-street-pyramid-apartments BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst’s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments Archinect 2012-12-22T17:57:00-05:00 >2012-12-27T17:29:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1pf0xslzirhnkl4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our approval will facilitate development of a significant new building with a distinctive pyramid-like shaped design and thoughtful site plan that integrates the full block site into the evolving residential, institutional, and commercial neighborhood surrounding it,&rdquo; Ms. Burden said before voting in favor of the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63751064/big-designs-sexy-observation-tower-for-phoenix BIG Designs Sexy Observation Tower for Phoenix Alexander Walter 2012-12-19T17:19:00-05:00 >2012-12-28T06:34:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d9/d931udoz8mytghxj.jpg" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News just broke that BIG has been commissioned to design a sleek 420 ft tall mixed-use observation tower for Phoenix, Arizona. Quite possibly the city's new symbol?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65218709/big-transforms-ft-lauderdale-waterfront-in-florida BIG Transforms Ft. Lauderdale Waterfront in Florida Archinect 2012-10-16T13:47:00-04:00 >2013-01-10T13:50:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vzzi0jd9tlcvptbh.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Cymbal Development transform a portion of Fort Lauderdale&rsquo;s New River front into a vibrant addition for the local community and future residents of the city.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qdi2fqwpdq67rnut.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ellg8iiwv9oifkj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The mixed-use development, Marina Lofts, in downtown Fort Lauderdale seeks to infuse a currently run-down stretch along the New River with a thriving pedestrian friendly public space thereby attracting new residents into its development. Totaling 1,000 rental apartments, 10,000 sq ft of restaurants and 25,000 sq ft of retail, the mixed-use development is broken into three phases. The Florida-based developer, Asi Cymbal, expects the project to have a positive long-term economic benefit to the city and local community of Fort Lauderdale.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0pplizz3i23sicq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vl/vlvmmdf9s5k6cpk9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &ldquo;Our intent here is to create a world class project that will serve as a model for architecture, creativity, and energy along the most prime stretch of waterfront in Downtown Fort Lauderdale,&rdquo; says Asi Cymbal, owner of Cymbal Development.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itm0w7wi9wejmf5o.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hfr3p9gpq2h6g2w0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Situ...</p>