The Sarah Palin of Architecture: A Conspiracy Theory

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:

Very happy suits with Ingels, seen here doing what he does best.

“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

“Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That’s why true reform is so hard to achieve. But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up. And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.”— Sarah Palin

Is Ingels the Sarah Palin of architecture? Discuss. Perhaps they should run for president.

— Janelle Zara

Image via Haute Living