The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground / SOM

11:00 - 18 January, 2016
© James Ewing - OTTO
© James Ewing - OTTO

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Jakob Lange on Founding BIG Ideas and the Diverse Future of Architectural Practice

09:30 - 18 January, 2016
Jakob Lange | BIG. Image © Flemming Leitorp
Jakob Lange | BIG. Image © Flemming Leitorp

In an age when companies of all types are seeking diverse and creative ways to achieve their goals, the traditional model of architectural practice appears to be increasingly old-fashioned. Last year, one of the most dramatic changes in the make-up of architectural practice was the foundation of product design firm BIG Ideas, an off-shoot of Bjarke Ingels Group, which is tasked with solving problems that are usually outside the scope of an architect's work. In this interview, originally published by Archipreneur in their "Archipreneur Insights" series as "Making BIG Ideas Happen Through Design With Jakob Lange," the head of BIG Ideas speaks to Tobias Maescher about the foundation of this entrepreneurial company and the value of keeping such close connections between a product design company and its parent architecture firm.

Today’s interview is with Jakob Lange, Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and Head of the BIG Ideas project unit, which was established in 2014. With this unit, BIG is broadening the scope of their architectural practice to a wider field. Combining technology and product design, this remarkable incubator creates prototypes, products and new materials within the building industry.

The Friday Smart Lock, an electronic door lock that pairs with a user’s mobile device, is one great example of an innovative product the team at BIG have helped to produce. They have also utilized creative methods for financing their projects, including a recent Kickstarter campaign for the prototype of a steam ring generator at a BIG-designed power plant in Copenhagen.

We think it is fascinating that one of the world’s most innovative and successful architectural offices is moving into other fields of practice—a very archipreneurial move! However, this is just one of many ways that architects can apply their skillsets to future business innovations. Here are Jakob’s thoughts on architecture, design and product development.

Casa R|D / Esquadra|Yi

09:00 - 18 January, 2016
© Joana França
© Joana França
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Brasilia, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy, Manuela Dantas, Silvana Moraes, Carolina Dumay, Raquel Alves, Thais Nara
  • Area

    425.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Joana França · Photographer Profile, Courtesy of Esquadra|Yi

The World Now Has 100 Supertall Buildings

08:00 - 18 January, 2016
432 Park Avenue, New York City. Image © DBOX for CIM Group & Macklowe Properties
432 Park Avenue, New York City. Image © DBOX for CIM Group & Macklowe Properties

Following the recent completion of 432 Park Avenue in New York City, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced that there are now 100 supertall (300-plus-meter) skyscrapers in the world. The majority of these skyscrapers are in Asia and the Middle East, mirroring construction trends that have emerged over the past decade. Dubai leads the rankings with 18 supertall buildings, while New York City now falls in second place with a total of seven, including 432 Park Avenue.

Seminar: Drawing on the Motive Force of Architecture

07:00 - 18 January, 2016
Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook
Veg House, Stage 4 © Peter Cook

For architects, drawing is a thinking process. Sketching by hand onto paper without having any predetermined built form in mind is often the springboard for new hypotheses. With the rise of digital representation in architecture, has the computer superseded the hand in the exploration of ideas?

This RIBA London seminar sees Professor Sir Peter Cook (co-founder of Archigram, director of CRAB Studio) and Professor Marcos Cruz (Bartlett) discuss the boons and limitations of digital representation in architecture, and the hybrid possibilities of using both in tandem.

Victor Enrich Transforms Architectural Images Into Optical Illusions

06:00 - 18 January, 2016
© Victor Enrich
© Victor Enrich

Since 2006, artist Victor Enrich has been working on his project, City Portraits, a series of digitally manipulated images that transform photos into architectural illusions.

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La Loma Del Calvario / Ariasrecalde

05:00 - 18 January, 2016
© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

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Why Rem Koolhaas Switched From Scriptwriting to Architecture

04:00 - 18 January, 2016

As part of OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas' sixth interview with Charlie Rose, the Rotterdam-based Architect discusses why the Dutch port-city is his practice's base – and why he switched from journalism and scriptwriting to architecture. In the discussion, of which four snippets have been made available, Koolhaas also explains why he feels that smart technology has a "sinister dimension," and on how he—and his practice—have a tendency to "resist aesthetic."

Seaplane Harbour / KOKO

03:00 - 18 January, 2016
Courtesy of Koko
Courtesy of Koko

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TaiYuan South Railway Station / CSADI

02:00 - 18 January, 2016
© Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li
© Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li
  • Architects

    CSADI
  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Architects Team

    CSADI - the 3rdarchitectural and structuraldepartment
  • Architects In Charge

    Li, Li Wang, Ji Zhang, Xing Sun, Guo Fu
  • Engineering

    Deliang Zhou, Dengwu Cao,Wei Zhang
  • Area

    183952.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li, Courtesy of CSADI

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Bush House / Archterra Architects

20:00 - 17 January, 2016
© Douglas Mark Black
© Douglas Mark Black

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Video: The "Polis Station," Studio Gang's Ideal for a Post-Ferguson America

14:00 - 17 January, 2016
via Politico
via Politico

At this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial the directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda asked participating architects to demonstrate the “State of the Art of Architecture" by submitting projects that they felt told a story about architecture’s importance in society. As explained in this video by Politico Magazine, native Chicagoan Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects responded to this call by looking at an issue that has plagued American cities in startling ways in recent years: the troubled relationships between communities and their police forces. Often hidden behind fortress-like buildings, police stations in their current form tend to project an image closer to hostile than welcoming. But Gang believes it doesn’t have to be that way.

S&S House / Besonias Almeida Arquitectos

13:00 - 17 January, 2016
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla

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Flanagan Lawrence's New Summer Theatre in Szczecin Reimagines an Outdoor Performance Space from 1976

12:00 - 17 January, 2016
Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence
Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence

Flanagan Lawrence has won a competition to design a new Summer Theatre in Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin, Poland. The outdoor performance space will update an original structure, including the arch—made from a membrane of plastic fibres—designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened to the public in 1976. Read more about this project after the break.

Interview with Stanley Tigerman: "In Chicago, I’d Much Rather Have Better Work Than Better Friends"

09:30 - 17 January, 2016
Cluster Container Housing for the Disabled, from "BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago", Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015. Image © Courtesy Tigerman McCurry Architects
Cluster Container Housing for the Disabled, from "BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago", Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015. Image © Courtesy Tigerman McCurry Architects

While its status as an epicenter of architectural production is legendary, Chicago is sometimes overlooked by contemporary architectural debate, forced out of the spotlight by the proliferation of media outlets and educational institutions in the area around New York. However in the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st, few people have been as devoted to fostering architectural discussion in the city as Stanley Tigerman. In this interview excerpt, originally published by MAS Context as "It’s Not What You Say, It’s What You Do," Iker Gil and Ann Lui speak with the famously antagonistic architect about everything from Chicago, to the New York Five, to the importance of keeping friends at arm's length.

At one point in this interview, Stanley Tigerman asked us: “You know the character you need to be an architect? You need to be brave. You need to be strong. You have to have a very strong backbone. You have to have very thick skin because you’re going to get beat to shit by others, without question. You have to have that quality in you to take the criticism that will come your way no matter what.”

At the core of this advice is the central belief that vigorous debate—including harsh criticism, strong positions, and the prioritization of powerful new ideas even at the cost of one’s own comfort—is essential to the forward movement of architecture.

Epilepsy Residential Care Home / atelier Martel

09:00 - 17 January, 2016
© Mayanna von Ledebur
© Mayanna von Ledebur

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Speaks to Those Who Are "Fighting the Establishment"

08:00 - 17 January, 2016

In the latest episode of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team tackle the 'establishment'. From small businesses to citizen collectives, the show discovers how "championing transformative change from the ground up can be the best way to alter the status quo in our cities." Investigating how the Ministry of Space is reclaiming public spaces in Belgrade, how ordinary citizens in Vienna are welcoming refugees, and how a collective in Rio de Janeiro wants to reshape the politics of the city, the episode also explores how small businesses in London’s West End are fighting against increasing rent.

House M / Peter Ruge Architekten

05:00 - 17 January, 2016
© Ira Efremova
© Ira Efremova

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