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Bjarke Ingels' Architectural Response To 'Singularity'

Joerg Haentzschel interviews the young architect Bjarke Ingels. Through offices now established in Copenhagen and New York, Ingels is slowly pushing his 'pragmatic utopian architecture' into the mainstream.
January 16, 2012, 9am PST | George Haugh
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Ingels explains his fascination with american writer Ray Kurzweil, who introduced the concept of singularity - 'a bold prediction of a not-too-distant future in which artificial intelligence will overtake the human brain in processing power, leading to a merging of man and machine, and an irreversible transformation of our being in the world.'

Ingels describes how his approach to design is based on trying to plan for a future in which an exponential growth in processing power could change the way we live, interface with machines and augment our bodies. Copenhagen's 'Loop City,' is Ingels' plan to improve the connection of ten municipalities with each other and the city center. In order to create it he worked with ReD Associates to target efficiencies that could best improve connectivity.

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Published on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in 032C
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