Bjarke Ingels talks Hedonism Sustainability

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Photo Credit: Neil Chambers

Bjarke Ingels is a refreshing and new voice on the international stage of architecture. He has completed projects throughout Europe and recently opened an office in New York City. Along with his design work, Ingels has a continuing presence at conference and events such as the TEDGlobal 2009. He mingles playful ideas of form with practical components such as construction budgets to create interesting, and sometimes, unbelievable projects that are in a class unto themselves. He also loves to talk about a subject he calls Hedonism Sustainability. At a recent TEDxEast gathering in New York City at the Standard Hotel, I had a chance find out exactly what he means by his concept that pleasure is the only intrinsic good for going green.On April 12, 2011, TEDxEast hosted an event that showcased the work of graduate students that are designing a space for the TED Talks in New York. Ingels assisted the students as they developed their ideas. Before the student work was shown, Ingels spoke about his background and architectural accomplishments. During his presentation, he brought up hedonism sustainability - a term I have heard him use in other talks on the subject of going green and high-performance buildings. After the event, I had the opportunity to ask him exactly what he meant by the term. The video below is the result.

Video Credit: Neil Chambers

If you are interested in hearing Ingels, he will be speaking at the next TEDxEast event on May 9, 2011 in New York City entitled Tinker, Noodle, Obsess. It will showcase a list of speakers who will explore ideas, hobbies, obsessions, talents and endeavors that capture our attention; get into our heads and under our skin.

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