danish architectural center [independent field study 2]
mar 19 09
YES IS MORE
“Pragmatic Utopianism!” declares Bjarke Ingels from behind an designerly cluttered desk full of books and models.
in a realm where architecture “seems entrenched between two equally unfertile fronts: either naively utopian or petrifyingly pragmatic,” B.I.G. strives to “operate in the fertile overlap between the two opposites.”
choosing the middle path.
masters of compromise.
dividing and conquering.
i will admit, this was one of the most eye-catching and provocative exhibits i have ever experienced. even though i would dub it slightly presumptuously rebellious, i broke down and bought the book for 200 dkk. despite its rather verbose back cover*, i am mesmerized by this revolutionary (too strong of a term at this point?) archicomic layout, its thoughtful commentary on design process, urbanism, and cross-disciplinary allusions, and its impish graphics. will this exhibit be trailblazing? i think it has definitely put Danish Architecture on the map. i will not be surprised if it becomes an oft-chased-after item on firstname.lastname@example.org in the near future.
*”Less is only more as far as dimensions go — the ability to encompass as many dimensions as possible (more) with as few expenses as possible (less). As a design parameter for an aesthetic retro minimalism this only amounts to idiosyncratic architectural idiocy.”