Bjarke Ingels at TED

Cite: Basulto, David. "Bjarke Ingels at TED" 18 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Ala

    Very Insightful. Smart Guy. And very inspiring.

  • Luis

    i really like this guy! The group BIG is much better than Zaha Hadid…with her aleatory architecture.

  • aa

    he knows how to sell…

  • jp

    a true architect! He’s more successful than any starchitect in my book.

    • aa

      zumthor and olgiati are true architects

      • jp

        i think it’s hillarious that you would put zumthor and Valerio Olgiati’s name together, calling them true architects. Okay… Zumthor is a pritzker prize laurette, but Valerio Olgiati isn’t even on the radar for recognized work. So he may be famous in switzerland, big deal. When I see Olgiati give a presentation at TED i’ll shut my mouth.

        I see Bjarke Ingels as a true architect because he is extremely talented in every aspect of the field. He can back his work up. He can talk to people about his projects in terms of reality, and his projects stretch the limits of what is possible in our field today. His buildings just make sense! He may not be doing anything specifically new. However, he is doing what a lot of architects simply aren’t, and should be.

  • axel

    Nice to see architects explaining their work. I learned a lot with you dude.

  • shop

    You cannot believe how this guy represents “new” approaches (comics, recycling projects…..) as his inventions like we didn’t see that in Koolhaas projects and SMLXL from 10-15 years ago. !!???

    • mas2pek

      you should note, he worked for OMA before. It is not new ‘new’, but you can see how he took what he learned from OMA and re-invent it to his own.

    • qaA

      Koolhaas designed a house, never built.
      Instead, it was recycled to be a music hall, named Casa Da Musica.


    we learned how to do a good architecture!!! a lesson!!!
    p.s ( Bjarke, we want to see you in Brazil ok !! )

  • morinaga

    did he eat arnold schwarznegger

  • wim

    hahahahahah, morinaga, you deserve award for your comment; I knew he reminded me on somebody, also his pompous a.s.s.

  • Lite

    A contemporary thinker …
    Very nice presentation.

  • al gaddor

    my god,,, a way to say “architecture has no future” :(

  • Michael

    architecture. he designed a duck house that only became a duck house once he learned what a duck was. <–is that architecture? i suppose.

  • aufi alwi

    i want that t-shirt!

  • ChrisS WebeR

    Incredible! Love it… good work!

  • Happy_Robot

    Well, Bjarke has charisma and well suspended tongue, and skills. But he’s not the best architect in the world.
    Some works are good and over that. But it’s very difficult to stay on that wave. As it was said earlier – he’s a good seller.
    But some comments in his speech are ignorant.
    Comparing China to Denmark e.t.c.

    • three zed

      Will you please elaborate on that? How is that ignorant?
      To simplify: He is going to China to make a presentation on Denmark. On that way, he must explore cultural (and other) differences and similarities if he is to be successful. What to show, what to accentuate….It all seems so logical, right?

      • noname

        architecture full of cheap simplified symbolism,

        “a building that acts like a mountain” wtf??

  • Desmond

    Fashion architecture ..

    Where is the ecology ?

    only $$$$$$$$$$$$

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  • Tosh

    Such a populist.. I really don’t agree with their way of designing.

    It is so logical – that it is hardly logical at all..

    All the cheeky jokes.. all the cheeky projects..

    I wonder how many of their projects really work and have small or no problems..

  • http://- @jp

    Olgiati is teaching at harvard at the moment, he thaught at the AA in London, at the ETH and at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. Just when we talk about “names” and “status”. By the way, he is on position 7 of the international architect-rankig-list of But as we know, fame is not the stuff that defines a good architect, lets focus on his work.

  • T.O.O.M.U.C.H.

    B.I.G. is everywhere – and I think Bjarke Ingles and all his “fresh” and quick attitude towards everything is T.O.O.M.U.C.H.!

  • hvp

    Really nice presentation from which I got a lot of inspiration and skills. It will be be better to learn the strong points from others rather than to taunt his weakness.

  • James Grennan

    I cannot believe the amount of positive feedback for this guy. He’s the worst thing to happen to architecture since flights 93 and 77 on september 11th.

  • JF A

    Last conference gived by Bjarke Ingels @ ETSAM, Madrid “yes is more”