Bjarke Ingels

I have been digesting last night’s Annual Architecture lecture at the RA which was given by Bjarke Ingels, who showed a rapid-fire succession of projects in major cities throughout the world, including Copenhagen, Vancouver and New York, all of which are more radically disruptive of the conventional geometries of building, more grandly and ostentatiously scenographic, than the work of Frank Gehry.   Trained as a cartoonist at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and then as an architect in Barcelona, he worked first for Rem Koolhaas.   Both VIA, his apartment block in New York, and his recently announced building to replace one by Norman Foster on the World Trade essentially change the language of architecture, such that it belongs more to the world of Archigram and Lingotto than it does to Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.


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