Connected to the Future

02022-01-25 | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Interview with architect Bjarke Ingles:

He surfaces a thought experiment presented to him by a friend, Icelandic author Andri Snær Magnason: “When do you think there will no longer be anyone alive on earth that you have loved in your life?” He plays the scenario out for me. “I’m 47. Let’s give it 40 years. I don’t think that’s too ambitious.” He playfully raises his bottle. “I’m drinking water. So 40 years into the future. Then Darwin (((the architect’s three year old son))) has a daughter, and she’s five, let’s say. And I love her more than anything. Then she probably lives at least another 90 years. So that’s 40 plus 90, that’s 130. So that’s 2151. ‘Blade Runner,’ the last one, took place in 2049. And that was science fiction like, wow, deep into the future! But actually, in 2151, there will be an old lady that I have loved in my lifetime. The Paris Agreement is about 2050. It feels abstract. But once you understand that there will be people that you have loved, deep into the twenty-second century, then suddenly you understand that the future is much, much closer to your heart than you imagined.”

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  1. Steve

    >”once you understand that there will be people that you have loved, deep into the twenty-second century, then suddenly you understand that the future is much, much closer to your heart than you imagined.”

    Isn’t this all the justification one needs to seriously … and I mean really seriously … focus on mitigating climate change? Why is there such a cultural struggle to focus on this? At least in the United States, it really, truly seems like both the red team and the blue team just really do not have the assiduity to truly work on this project. I understand the “follow the money” part. Yep. But use the above quote as your substrate for the “follow the money” perspective. Doesn’t “follow the money” seem puerile in that context?

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  2. anne

    He has a fantastic web-site. tks

    (gonna add him to my dream team)

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    • anne

      FYI –
      Netflix
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKeFCd1j5BE

      BIG was going to design the 2 world trade centre – but the deciding heads had a change of heart, interesting on all kinds of levels. Two very different designs for a key spot.

      You can spend hours reviewing his work via site.
      Some very interesting projects

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  3. Kristen Jikai

    Brilliantly concise – time axis interdependence – the weave!

    Thanks for sharing

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