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  • If documentary is to document our world as it already is

  • fiction is to fantasize about how it could be

  • In that sense, architecture is the fiction of the real world.

  • So turning dreams into concrete reality with bricks and mortar.

  • Architecture is the canvas for the stories of our lives.

  • The city is never complete it has a beginning but it has no end.

  • It's a work in progress always waiting for new scenes to be added

  • and new characters to move in.

  • When I started studying architecture and told people what I did

  • the most frequently asked question was always,

  • 'Can you tell me why all new buildings are so boring?'

  • People have the idea that in the past buildings came with ornaments and decoration.

  • Moats, drawbridges, spires and gargoyles.

  • Today they've been reduced to containers of space. Boring and boxy.

  • Somehow so many of our choices today tend to settle with reaffirming the status quo

  • by replicating what's already there rather than inventing what could happen next

  • I decided I want to change that

  • in the movie Inception the architects find that they can finally realize their wildest dreams

  • because they're in fact designing inside a dream.

  • The architect Cobb explains how he and his wife want to live in a house with a garden

  • but prefer to live in high-rise. In real life we would have to choose, he says

  • but in a dream we could get it as we wanted it.

  • we've made a building in Copenhagen called the mountain

  • combining a parking structure and an apartment building

  • by turning the parking into a man-made mountains of cars

  • we can turn the stack of homes into a cascade of houses with gardens

  • penthouse views and big lawns. Cobb's dream home made in real life

  • We call this idea bigamy. That you can take multiple desirable elements that

  • might not fit together or even seem mutually exclusive like the gardenn home and the high-rise

  • and merge them together into a new genre

  • you don't have to remain faithful to a single idea

  • you can literally marry multiple ideas into promiscuous hybrids

  • the beauty is that architecture not only allows you to dream stuff up

  • It also allows you to alter the facts

  • you can turn pure fiction into hard fact

  • we went on to imagine little tweaks to the status quo that now

  • form everyday reality in Copenhagen and beyond

  • the 8-house is a neighborhood of townhouses

  • where you can walk and bicycle from the street to the penthouse.

  • Turning a city block into a mediterranean mountain town of paths and squares

  • The Harbor Bath brings the beach into the heart of the city realizing the Parisian slogan

  • of May '68" Sous les pavés, la plage."

  • The Court-Scraper combines the urban oasis of the courtyard

  • with the extreme density of a skyscraper into a new world hybrid of the two

  • Copenhill is a power plant the turns waste into electricity

  • and that is so huge that it's gonna be the biggest and tallest structure in all of Copenhagen.

  • How could we transform the stereotype of the power plant into a public amenity

  • we thought Denmark is cold, we have snow, but no mountains

  • but we do have mountains of trash

  • so we wrapped the plant in a continuous envelope of a giant ski slope.

  • This is only possible because the power plants so clean

  • the smoke coming out of the chimney is completely non-toxic only steam and co2

  • so the top of the hill will feel fresh like mountain air

  • to completely alter people's perception a power plant

  • from a dirty neighbor to a public park

  • we designed the chimney to release its steam in puffs of smoke rings

  • the ultimate transformation from a symbol of a problem pollution

  • to something playful that puffs rings of steam

  • this sounds like science fiction

  • but this is the world changing potential of architecture

  • what started off as wildly fictional ideas ski slopes and smoke rings

  • is turning into everyday reality in Venice they sail in gondolas through the streets

  • and in Copenhagen they ski on their power plants that turn trash into electricity

  • a weird dream has crystallized into concrete reality

  • today people flock towards immersive worlds in the virtual realm

  • more than a hundred million people populate Minecraft

  • where they can build their own worlds and inhabit them through play

  • the real world predecessor for Minecraft

  • Lego has become the greatest toy company in the world

  • with the population of minifigs of 3.7 billion

  • the largest ethnic group on the planet

  • these fictional worlds empower people with the tools to transform their own environments

  • this is what architecture ought to be. If geography is the documentation of the world as it is,

  • architecture must become world craft, the craft of making our world

  • where our knowledge and technology doesn't limit us

  • but rather enables us to turn surreal dreams into inhabitable space

  • to turn fiction into fact

If documentary is to document our world as it already is

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Worldcraft: Bjarke Ingels (Future of StoryTelling 2014)

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