Bjarke Ingels may not be a household name, but in the world of architecture and design he is considered by many to be a genius. Ingels is the founder of BIG, a nearly decade-old Danish architectural firm that has pushed the boundaries of its field.
Architecture is “the art and science of trying to make the world exactly as we would like to live in it,” Ingels says. From a waste-to-power incinerator plant in Copenhagen (currently under construction) that will literally project its carbon footprint into the sky, to a master plan for a carbon-neutral, self-contained resort and residential complex off the coast of Azerbaijan, examples of BIG’s utopian approach to architecture abound.
Fusion sat down with Ingels in BIG’s offices in Copenhagen, where he talked about art, architecture, and what he sees as the new role of the architect in society.