Wednesday, September 17, 2008

cu denver lecture: bjarke ingels

just a friendly reminder of the upcoming cu lecture "big ideas" with former PLOT -er and now the head principal at ...BIG... bjarke ingels.  the title of the lecture is taken from a recent exhibition of the firm's work [sample images below].

"The traditional image of the radical architect is the angry young man rebelling against the establishment. The avant-garde is defined more by what it is against than what it is for. This leads to an oedipal succession of contradictions where each generation says the opposite of the previous. And if your agenda is dependant on being the opposite of someone else’s, you are simply a follower – in reverse.

Rather than being radical by saying fuck the establishment, fuck gravity, fuck the neighbours, fuck the budget, fuck the context – we want to try to turn pleasing into a radical agenda.

What if design could be the opposite of conflict? Not by ignoring it, but by feeding off it. A way to incorporate and integrate differences – not through compromise or by choosing sides, but by tying conflicting interests into a Gordian knot of new ideas.

We propose to let the forces of society decide which of our ideas can live, and which must die. Surviving ideas will evolve through mutation and crossbreeding into an entirely new species of architecture.

An inclusive rather than exclusive architecture. An architecture unburdened by conceptual monogamy. An architecture where you don’t have to choose between public or private, dense or open, angled or curved, blond or brunette etc. An architecture where you can have both."

the lecture will be held at the cu architecture building on 14th Street in lodo monday 2008.09.22, room 470 @ 5.30pm.

see you there.


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