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Lessons From the Latest Bjarke Ingels Documentary: Don?t Let Your Next Building Be Your Last

What if the one thing that makes BIG "BIG" was suddenly stripped away right at the apex of its potential" That's the question posed by the trailer for Kaspar Astrup Schrøder?s documentary BIG TIME, which ominously illustrated a possible problem with Bjarke Ingels? health.

What if the one thing that makes BIG "BIG" was suddenly stripped away right at the apex of its potential" That's the question posed by the trailer for Kaspar Astrup Schrøder?s documentary BIG TIME, which ominously illustrated a possible problem with Bjarke Ingels? health.Schrøder's documentary highlights the intense journey of Bjarke Ingels, the founder of Bjarke Ingels Group, through the past few years of his life. This unique insight into what exactly it's like to be an architect on top of the world ultimately poses a question that needs to be answered by anyone seeking to reshape the world through design. How do you handle the responsibility of forming the future you want to live in"

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Architects spend their lives crafting spaces for people to inhabit. We celebrate these spaces for their intricate details and carefully authored experiences, but there?s a certain irony in the fact that we see little of the spaces that the architects themselves inhabit daily?their homes. Ingels? home is clean and elegant, while naturally maintaining a sense of playfulness. It is clear that his move to New York City is not quite complete, but even there we see Ingels taking advantage of the opportunity to improve the space around him.Ingels speaks in the film about continually designing for the framework of the future that you want to see. This responsibility is not taken lightly by Ingels and his team, and it is clear that he and his partners are under immense pressure to perform. With BIG?s designs (and especially its founder) consistently in the spotlight, any client wanting to work with BIG is expecting to get one thing?Bjarke. But it is revealed in the film that the growing need for Ingels? presence in the states to manage landmark projects has led to a decrease in production for BIG?s Copenhagen office. BIG's business model thrives off edgy and innovative competition commissions, but it's clear that without Ingels, BIG is different.The culture at BIG is young. The firm?s oldest partner is in his early 50s, while we witness Ingels? own 40th birthday celebration in the film (he is now 43). The youthful spirit of BIG's studio is visible in the remote celebration of their founder's birthday via webcam between the NYC and Copenhagen offices. But during the festivities, something is off with Ingels. We are left to wonder, are the stresses of running one of the world's most high-profile architecture firms catching up to the 40-year-old visionary"The formalities and stresses of opening a new office on a different continent are not the only things that threaten to take away BIG?s fearless leader. Due to lingering com...
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