Formgiving, the new book by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), is a
visionary attempt to look at the horizon of time. The Danish word
for "design" is "formgivning," which literally means to give form
to that which has not yet taken shape. In other words, to give form
to the future. Using our power to give form, rather than allowing
the future to take shape, is more important now than ever, as
humankind's impact on the planet continues to increase and pose
ever greater challenges to all life forms. Architecture plays a
special role by proposing spaces for our lives that are fragments
of the future in the making. William Gibson's words embody
architecture's role perfectly: "The future is already here-it's
just not evenly distributed." With Formgiving. An Architectural
Future History, BIG presents the third part of its TASCHEN trilogy,
which began with Yes is More, one of the most successful
architectural books of its generation, and continued with Hot to
Cold. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation. The book is presented
in a timeline, stretching from the Big Bang into the most distant
future. Projects are structured around six strands of
evolution-"Making," "Sensing," "Sustaining," "Thinking," "Healing,"
and "Moving"-the multimedia-based, interdisciplinary concepts
encompassing the building industry. Culture, climate, and
landscape, as well as all the energies derived from the
elements-the thermal mass of the ocean, the dynamics of currents,
the energy and warmth of the sun, the power of the wind-are
incorporated into these projects. Throughout more than 700 pages,
Bjarke Ingels presents his personal selection of projects,
including the 12,000-square-meter LEGO House in Denmark, the
human-made ecosystems floating on oceans, the redesign of a World
War II bunker into a contemplative museum, and the ski
slope-infused power plant celebrating Copenhagen's commitment to
carbon neutrality. Through architecture and design, BIG gives shape
to a sustainable and simultaneously colorful world. Bjarke Ingels:
"To feel that we have license to imagine a future different from
today, all we have to do is look back ten years, a hundred years, a
thousand years, to realize how radically different things were then
than they are today. The same will be true if we can look ahead
with the same clarity of vision. As we tackle the complexities of
everyday life, these six evolutionary trajectories allow us to
place a firm gaze on the horizon of time to prevent us from being
derailed by the random distractions of today. Since we know from
our past that our future is bound to be different from our present,
rather than waiting for it to take shape on its own, we have the
power to give it form."Formgiving is also a companion volume to the
exhibition of the same name, which was conceived at the Danish
Architecture Center in Copenhagen and will travel to other venues
worldwide. More than 65 projects document BIG's global work through
the eyes of their users, from the drawing board to global
construction sites and finished projects. Throughout the book are
insights into developments that reach five, ten, or fifty years
into the future, and evidence of BIG's intransigence to reach
beyond the ordinary, and beyond worlds, to contribute to the future
with each project. Each step not only reveals a world that
resembles our dreams but also already tries to realize these dreams
pragmatically. We have the power to create the world of
tomorrow!The book features: previously unpublished essays by Bjarke
Ingels, award-winning photography by Laurian Ghinitoiu, Iwan Baan,
and Rasmus Hjortshoj, among others, planetary proposals for
habitats on the Moon and research centers on Mars, 20 LEGO
master-builder models of BIG's work, A glimpse of
Masterplanet-BIG's ongoing work on a collective, crowdsourced
masterplan guide for sustaining our planet.
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