Thursday, July 12, 2007

Extra BIG

Concerning the project "Superhabour" I talked about wednesday.

It turns out that there are several reasons why the project is on hold. First and foremost is the fact that the connection between Denmark and Germany "The Fermen Bridge" is not being build in the near future after all. The project "Red Star Habour" though gives the impression that a similar project in Guangxi Province, China, is in the talks. Take a look yourself -

Here is a bio I found on Bjarke Ingels (the architect):
Having co-founded PLOT Architects in 2001, Bjarke Ingels started his own office in 2006: BIG / Bjarke Ingels Group. Through a series of award-winning design projects, Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humour. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert House and the following year received the Forum Award for the VM houses. Recently he has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award as well as the International Iakov Chernikhov Prize. The work of BIG challenges the role of the architect. Through a series of projects BIG has pro-actively proposed projects that have often triggered public debate and influenced urban politics. The High Square project is a proposal for a public square in Copenhagen on top of an existing department store. In the Mountain Dwellings which are under construction, a parking block is transformed into a hillside covered by housing units. By practicing what Ingels describes as 'programmatic alchemy', BIG often mixes conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping into new forms of symbiotic architecture. These projects clearly represent BIG's efforts to free architectural imagination from habitual thinking and standard typologies in order to deal with the constantly evolving challenges of contemporary life. Bjarke Ingels has also been visiting professor at Rice University's School of Architecture and in spring 2007 Bjarke Ingels will be a visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.


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