BIG CEO & Partner Sheela Søgaard will give the keynote speech for the AIA Conference on Architecture, one of the most widely attended architecture and design conferences of the year. Following this year’s theme, Blueprint for Better Cities, Sheela will share her insights on the business structure that lets the designers, thinkers, urbanists and innovators do what they do best—design, create and imagine possibilities. The keynote will take place on Friday, June 22 at Radio City Music Hall. Read Sheela's Q&A here.
The Kimball Art Center's governing board unanimously voted BIG to design the new building in the future arts and culture district of Park City, Utah. BIG's long-standing relationship and deep understanding of Kimball dates back to 2011, when BIG was originally chosen to redesign the Main Street building. A catalyst for art, the new Kimball Art Center is projected to open in 2020.
Culminating a process that began in 2012, The National Capital Planning Commission has approved the final master plan for the Smithsonian Institution’s 17-acre South Mall campus, expected to come to fruition over the next two to three decades.
The first stone of the new Hôtel des Horlogers is laid in Le Brassus, cradle of the Audemars Piguet Manufacture in the heart of the Vallée de Joux. The ceremony was held in presence of Jasmine Audemars, Chairwoman of the Audemars Piguet Board of Directors, Olivier Audemars, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, François-Henry Bennahmias, Chief Executive Officer of Audemars Piguet, BIG Project Manager Simon Scheller and many more.
The largest architecture prize in Denmark is this year awarded to all 17 Partners at BIG. The award committee at Nykredit Architecture Prize which honors projects that 'set new architectural and cultural standards for the benefit of all of Denmark' selected BIG as the winner for our "courageous and unconventional architecture that surprises through unexpected constellations and presents new opportunities that lead to conversations about the role of architecture today and in the future."
On the photo (from left): Minister of Culture Mette Boch and BIG Partners Ole Elkjaer-Larsen, Jakob Sand, Sheela Sogaard, Andreas Klok Pedersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Bjarke Ingels, David Zahle, Finn Norkjaer, Jakob Lange, Brian Yang, Catherine Huang.
Celebrating the best design solutions and highlighting the many ways in which design can make a difference in the world, Danish Design Award names Lego House the best project in the Feel Good category for its inviting and inspiring ‘experience zones’, for successfully conveying Lego's philosophy – and for the colourful celebration of the Nordic tradition for cooperation, innovation and lifelong learning.
Virgin Hyperloop One is on display at the Danish Pavilion of the architecture Biennale in Venice. The exhibit illustrates a new mode of travel that rethinks the future of mobility and the perception of space, landscape, time and distance. A live talk with Bjarke Ingels, Josh Giegel, Dan Stubbergaard, Kristian Hagemann and Kasper Guldager Jensen on Virgin Hyperloop One can be viewed on here.
Humanhattan 2050 is on display at the Italian Pavilion and presents a mix of BIG’s Rebuild by Design concepts, including the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, running from East 25th Street south to Montgomery Street, independent visions, and interpretations of the potential for Manhattan to accommodate both climate change and growth in the future, while returning the waterfront to its people, rather than to industry and cars. From Manhattan, to Humanhattan!
The BIG + ONE + Sherwood team announce our vision for Southeastern San Francisco: Islais Hyper-Creek is a restoration of the area’s underlying natural watershed as a major new park. Addressing risk from coastal and stormwater flooding, Islais Hyper-Creek serves as an opportunity to bring the existing industrial ecosystem into the next economy. Six proposed pilot projects, developed together with stakeholders and local communities, will kickstart a long-term process towards realizing the overall vision. Watch the final presentation livestream on Thursday, May 17 at 12pm EST here.
“With Islais Hyper-Creek, we see a golden opportunity for the City of San Francisco to re-think it’s largest historic watershed as a Social Ecosystem – one where people, nature and new, clean forms of industry will co-mingle in one of the most diverse and often overlooked parts of the city. We look forward to working with the communities and leadership of the South-East to build a resilient, sustainable and economically vital future for its residents.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.