in Collaborations , Videos | 04 NOV 21

A New Architectural Philosophy with Bjarke Ingels

Hear the star architect's vision for a more sustainable urban landscape

in Collaborations , Videos | 04 NOV 21
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This conversation has been recorded as part of Art:LIVE, an online programme created in collaboration with Deutsche Bank. Devised for audiences in a more distanced world, the content opens doors to inspiring spaces and important conversations, and offers exclusive access to artists, collectors, curators, and creatives in diverse fields. 

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This edition of Art:LIVE takes the theme of ‘A New World’. As Frieze London and Frieze Masters return as in-person events, marking a further emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, what values and priorities will shape the new cultural landscape? And, with the UN Climate Change Conference taking place just few weeks after the fairs, how should ecology factor inform new practices and behaviours?

Bjarke Ingels. Photo by Andrew Zuckerman
Bjarke Ingels. Photo by Andrew Zuckerman

Bjarke Ingels founded BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001. Prior to this, Bjarke worked at the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Through a series of award-winning design projects, and through co-founding such startups as ‘design living’ company, Nabr, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. In 2021, Bjarke was selected as an ambassador of the EU’s New European Bauhaus. In the same year, he co-founded design living company, Nabr. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal awarded Bjarke the Architectural Innovator of the Year Award. In 2016, Time Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 most influential people in the world today. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group is a Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen-based group of architects, designers, urbanists, landscape professionals, interior and product designers, researchers and inventors. The firm is currently involved in projects throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. BIG believes that by hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, architects can find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.

Watch previous editions of Art:LIVE featuring guest interviews and fair round-ups here.