Bjarke Ingels Group: Experimental Pragmatism in Architecture

Hi Idea Festers.  Michael Schnuerle here for the second of three live-blog post from the Idea Festival 2008.  Bjarke Ingels will be speaking soon.  He's the head of the Bjarke Ingels Group architecture firm in Copenhagen, Denmark, "considered by many to be among the most important emerging architecture offices in the world. BIG’s objective is to transform research and analysis of practical and theoretical issues into powerful new forces of design."

We'll see which topics he touches on, but I expect some discussion of the future of urban architecture and its importance and influence on the surrounding urban landscape and people.

1pm - The Dean of the College of Design from the University of Kentucky, introduces the Mr. Ingels. They have 60-85 employees and it's a remarkable firm.

Bjarke takes the stage to a rousing rendition of the Star Wars Main Theme accompanied by some faux star wars scrolling text over a star field.  The video shows some concepts of a project he worked on about how to rethink the entire country of Denmark.

He's got a very interesting accent, something akin to a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, but much more clear, and endearing.