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    Bjarke Ingels
    Taschen, 2015
    Bjarke Ingels

BIG, The Big U, masterplan completed 2014, New York, United States.

While typical architecture publications aim to showcase nothing but beautifully photographed architecture, this book will look inside the brain of Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director at BIG. The book is a documentation of Bjarke's thought process from the first sketch to the final completed building and is a way to share his unorthodox approach, methods, and process to peers, students, and the likeminded. Great architecture merges innovations in materials and technology with form, emotion, and aesthetics. Similar to the two lobes of the brain, architecture encompasses both the logical (which includes the analytical and pragmatic aspects of realizing structures: scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration), and the creative (which includes intuitive storytelling through form and space). BIGAMY looks at how both lobes of Bjarke's brain inform his design process.

Bjarke Ingels received his architecture diploma in 1998 and after three years at OMA, he cofounded PLOT Architects. In 2005, he started BIG—Bjarke Ingels Group—and through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, he has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects combining pragmatism, shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility, and humor. He has received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and the ULI Award for Excellence. Recently, he was rated as one of the one-hundred most creative people in business by New York-based Fast Company magazine. In 2009, he spoke at the TED Global Conference in Oxford and since 2005, he has been a visiting professor at Rice University's School of Architecture; Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; and Harvard University, where he teaches a joint studio with the business school and the Graduate School of Design.