A few years ago, the city of Copenhagen invited architects to submit their ideas for the design of an important new facility—a power plant that will use trash to generate electricity. [...] BIG, pitched a concept in which the plant took the form of a giant artificial ski slope. To Ingels’ surprise, it was selected as the winning submission. Now, it’s under construction, slated for completion in 2017.
The power plant was just one of the several projects Ingels shared at WIRED by Design [...]. — wired.com
World-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels challenges himself and all of us to think beyond the status quo and dream big. Why shouldn’t you be able to ski down a power plant? He refers to his projects as “promiscuous hybrids”—they combine seemingly disparate elements and turn fiction into fact. — Future of Storytelling
Bjarke Ingels’s ‘zootopia’ 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? — theguardian.com
"I love the metaphor of Twister," he says. "When you begin the game, it's simple – put your left hand there, right foot here. But as you start piling on demands, you force architecture out of its box, and the building ends up bending over backwards in its efforts to please every single criteria and it ends up looking different. Maybe it's being from a Danish background, with the ultimate culture of consensus, but I always see the potential for synergy or harmony..." — Bjarke Ingels, independent.co.uk
Almost a dozen major architecture contests are underway. By calling in the pros, city and federal officials are casting a wide net for fixes.
“We don’t have all the good ideas, and I don’t care who does have them,” Mayor Bloomberg said recently. — New York Daily News
New York City and the feds are turning to design luminaries from the city and around the globe to help the five boroughs rebuild. But are the designers up to the task of saving the city from the next disaster? And will anyone actually follow their advice?
Michael Holt speaks to Bjarke Ingels, founder of Danish practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), about the exchange of skills and ideas that stem from international collaborations, and the potential for a hybrid of urban, landscape and architectural form at Barangaroo. — australiandesignreview.com
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. — bizjournals.com
Like Gehry, Ingels relies on the expertise of Packes, SLCE and Durst in his quest to rethink a played-out product. Design, Ingels said, is more than “coming up with stuff. We translate specific expert knowledge into a response that addresses given conditions in a new way.”
That ought to be an obvious approach. I hope other developers take notice. — bloomberg.com
Young starchitect Bjarke Ingels talks manifestation, midwifery and shamanism while riding down the Venice canals in this short by Kelly Loudenberg. — nowness.com
Ingels looks boyish in his “Free Ai Wei Wei” T-shirt and his enthusiasm as he explains his early ambitions to be a comic book artist is infectious. He switches enthusiasms in an instant. At the moment, he is enthusing about infrastructure. Ingels recently won a commission to design in his native Copenhagen a combined rubbish incinerator and power plant with an irresistibly bonkers proposal to stick a ski slope on its roof. — ft.com
CNN's The Next List profiles innovative Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. — youtube.com
“The transparent tubes refract the lights of Times Square, creating a cluster of lights around the heart. The hovering heart will appear to pulsate as its tubes sway in the wind. When people touch a heart-shaped sensor, the heart will glow brighter as the energy from their hands is converted into more light.” — New York Observer
To Ingels, buildings are more than just monuments. They are part of an ever evolving landscape. Each one is a unique challenge with problems to solve but also an opportunity to add value or beauty to lives of the people who will live in them or work in them every day. — whatsnext.blogs.cnn.com
Architects do a lousy job of selling their ideas to the general public, said Bjarke Ingels, on Thursday morning during his keynote address at Architectural Record’s annual Innovation conference in New York. They need to “find ways to present their ideas or concerns in words that are so clear that non-architects will actually take an interest in them” — archrecord.construction.com
The plan is to transform a 1960s warehouse into a multifunctional space dedicated to the intersection of art, commerce, working, and living. Called, Transitlager, the restored building is part of a larger redevelopment of Basel’s upcoming Dreispitz neighborhood, which is becoming an attractive and inviting urban quarter. The industrial area is characterized by hard lines and the renovated and extended warehouse will reflect its origins with a modern twist on those geometries. — Inhabitat.com
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