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Arquitectura Viva's 162nd edition is a comprehensive monograph highlighting Bjarke Ingels Group's proactive and optimistic architecture.

Publisher Arquitectura Viva has released a beautifully designed and comprehensive monograph devoted to the Danish studio BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is a superstar in the field of architecture. Not yet 40 years old, he heads up a studio of almost 200 people, with offices in Copenhagen, New York and Beijing, and has reached a global audience with projects spread through Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East.

Based on the concept of “social infrastructure”, his work is the product of analysing the constant political, economic and social changes, which he addresses via proactive and optimistic architecture.

The monograph, edition 162 of AV Monographs, is devoted to the young office of BIG. Entitled AV 162: BIG 2001 – 2013 it leads with a foreword by Ingels, outlining the studio’s approach to architecture. Following this it surveys ten projects built by Bjarke Ingels since 2001, including Superkilen Urban Park, the Danish Pavilion in Shanghai and 8 House.

The monograph also gathers fifteen projects in progress around the globe, including the Greeland National Gallery of Art, Europa City in Paris, the Waste Treatment Plant in Copenhagen and the Observation Tower in Arizona.

According to editor Luis Fernández-Galiano, the explosive growth of Bjarke Ingels’ studio evokes an expanding universe. All of the works included in the monograph have a playful and pragmatic vision in common, along with a clear commitment to sustainable construction. 

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