Convention-challenging architect Bjarke Ingels to deliver lecture at Michigan Theater

BY BRAD SANDERS
For the Daily
Published February 1, 2010

The School of Art & Design’s Penny W. Stamps lectures feature innovative and modern artists from across the world. An exciting lineup of speakers is planned for the next couple months, starting with Bjarke Ingels. Ingels is a young Danish architect who has formed a new architectural philosophy of structural and creative evolution, combined with social consciousness, in just the past four years with his firm, BIG.

Penny W. Stamps lecture: Bjarke Ingels

Tomorrow at 5:10 p.m.
Michigan Theater

His lecture, titled “Yes Is More,” will focus on his ability to use the challenges faced by society to his advantage and to continue creating bigger and more remarkable structures that at first seem impossible or fictional. The phrase is also the title of the comic book he created, which illustrates the process of planning these buildings in a uniquely story-like way.

Not only are his works aesthetically pleasing, but they serve higher purposes in the community. Many of his designs have included methods for responsible energy consumption, while also using economical material, making the overall project much less expensive. These buildings have been constructed all over the world, and have served such purposes as libraries, museums and houses.

The BIG firm also offers an internship program in Denmark for students who have been studying architecture for at least three years.