Hedonistic Sustainability: Bjarke Ingels Discusses Designing a New Vernacular in the Face of Climate Change

This feature has been created in collaboration with urbanNext, a multi-platform aimed at developing, disseminating and distributing content centered on architecture through a focus on the contemporary human milieu and its challenges. Architizer features a weekly discussion from urbanNext’s journals to support its investigation of urban conditions and innovations facing the architectural profession today. “In general I think people have gotten used to listening to the word ‘climate’ in the context of climate change, so always as being part of a problem,” Bjarke Ingels tells urbanNext at the IV International Conference Architecture: Change of Climate in Pamploma, Spain. “In fact the climate and the changing climate is the very condition of living on a planet with an atmosphere … You have different climate zones that get different exposure to sunlight, that have different temperatures, different levels of precipitation or aridness,” explains Ingels in the video below. Viewing on mobile? Click here. The Danish architect leading the powerhouse firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) laments modernism’s approach to new technologies allowing buildings to regulate their own environments independent of the site’s naturally occurring climate. “The architecture that used to be a cleverly, empirically evolved response to the local climate suddenly became a ...
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