One Archdaily writer proposes that Danish wunderkind Bjarke Ingels owes his uncannily prolific career (the highlights of which include stealing the Miami Beach Convention Center overhaul out from under former mentor Rem Koolhaas — which we totally called) to his meticulously tailored populist persona. The author makes a compelling argument, citing Ingels’s “Yes is More” mantra towards compromise; it’s that eagerness to please clients that grants him so many commissions (Miami included), the writer argues, despite the fact that the industry itself refuses to take him seriously. As further evidence, the article highlights the parallels between the boy wonder’s words and those of another eager crowd pleaser:
“Our world could be much more accommodating, ecological and enjoyable than it is; our cities could be more fit for human life, more adaptive to the specific climates where they are located. The reason they’re not is that there are interests that are unconcerned with the common good, and not invested in creating the best world possible. By claiming that these interests have formed an unholy alliance and are systematically killing architecture’s protagonists, perhaps it’s possible to get a bigger audience interested in understanding the challenges faced by architects. There’s nothing like a good old fashion conspiracy theory to get people’s attention; whining architects do not exactly make a bestseller.” —Bjarke Ingels
Is Ingels the Sarah Palin of architecture? Discuss. Perhaps they should run for president.
— Janelle Zara
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