#BIGToronto: In Conversation with Bjarke Ingels and Guests
When the world was introduced to Habitat 67, designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie as the Canadian Pavilion for the World Exposition of 1967, it was intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie’s pioneering design was not only revolutionary in its time, Habitat 67 has continued to influence architecture throughout the decades.
On Tuesday, at Koerner Hall in Toronto, a panel of celebrated urbanists welcomed architect Bjarke Ingels for an evening of conversation. The title of the discussion “How can architecture build community?”, encouraged those in attendance to—like Safdie—embrace new ideas of architecture.
When Ingels presents the architecture of BIG, he samples a body of work from around the world, introducing concepts like ‘hedonistic sustainability’ and ‘vertical suburbia’, along with a collection of fascinating paradoxes and contradictions—such as the integration of two housing typologies—the suburban home and the economical office tower.