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Future Perfect: The Bjarke Ingels Group reflects on their oeuvre through time


Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is big, bold, and baroque, melding utility with innovative vision and producing, in his own words: “a pragmatic utopian architecture.” The golden boy of Danish architecture established his own firm BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group, in 2005 and is renown for his urban housing development projects. Based in Copenhagen, many of his new buildings have been erected here. The 8 House, consisting of three different types of residential housing forming a figure 8 which one can cycle around; Superkilen, a public park designed in collaboration with the artist group Superflex; and a series of five open-air swimming pools, Islands Brygge Harbour Bath, are all found in Copenhagen, Denmark.

TASCHEN collaborated with BIG architects to produce the architecture comic Yes is More. An Archicomic on Architectural Evolution; a monograph-cum-manifesto of the Big group’s new concepts for new architecture, realized in a simple yet complex graphic storytelling form. TASCHEN’s second publication with BIG is Hot to Cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation, a book which details case studies of architectural adaptation in extreme environments. The book sat alongside an exhibition which showed at the National Building Museum in Washington and raises questions about how future climate change will require architectural evolution.

Formgiving. An Architectural Future History, the new book by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), and the latest installment in its TASCHEN trilogy, is a visionary attempt to look at the horizon of time, from the Big Bang into the most distant future. The volume addresses the development of intelligence, sustainability, communication, migration, and architecture and design, in order to give form to the future world we want to inhabit—right now.