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Can you have the wow factor without waste?  Danish architect Bjarke Ingels thinks you can. Also, Henry Urbach talks about How Wine Became Modern, at SF MOMA, and Bryn Garrett tells us about working on Facebook's design "hackathon." Also, following Japan's 8.9 earthquake, Arup's Santosh Shahi weighs in on what engineering can do to withstand catastrophe.

Banner image: BIG Architects' Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen

Guest Interview Engineering In Disaster 3 MIN, 19 SEC

The world mourns for Japan in the aftermath of its 8.9 earthquake. The size of the quake and the tsunami that followed raise questions about just how far human engineering can resist catastrophic natural events. Santosh Shahi, a senior structural engineer at ARUP, global engineering and architecture firm with an office in Los Angeles, explains how good design can save lives.

Santosh Shahi, ARUP

Guest Interview Facebook Gets a New Face 10 MIN, 54 SEC

Facebook's 2000 employees will soon be moving soon from offices in Palo Alto to the former Sun Microsystems building in suburban Menlo Park. In a bid to "friend" its new community, Facebook hosted an urban design charrette, or intensive group design workshop, to brainstorm ideas for making connections and improvements to the Menlo Park neighborhood. Bryn Garrett is a USC architecture student who took part in the day of activities.

Bryn Garrett, University of Southern California

Guest Interview BIG Ideas, Big Impact 11 MIN, 20 SEC

During the boom years, architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid built bold, iconic buildings. Then came an economic crash and a backlash from people who criticized what they saw as "excess" and called for less wasteful, more modest buildings. But some say you can have your cake and eat it too. Bjarke Ingels is a protégé of Rem Koolhaas.  With his own firm BIG, or Bjarke Ingels Group, Bjarke has designed high rises, multi-use buildings and urban plans -- many unbuilt -- that are huge in scale and striking in form. But he also comes from Copenhagen, one of the world's cleanest, greenest and most human-scale cities. He was in LA last week and he talked about a design approach that tries to have the wow-factor, without waste.


Danish harbor water and the actual Little Mermaid,
on show in the Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo



Danish Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo gives visitors city bikes

Segment photos: Iwan Baan

Bjarke Ingels, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (@BjarkeIngels)

Guest Interview Wine and Design 6 MIN, 35 SEC

In the last couple decades there has been a transformation in the branding of chocolate, of coffee and other essential elements of the Good Life. But nowhere has this been more prevalent than with wine. Henry Urbach is curator of design at SF MOMA. Together with the architects Diller Scofidio and Renfro -- designers of new Broad Museum -- he created a show called How Wine Became Modern, 1976 to Now. He talks about designing the rituals around wine helped deliver a new lifestyle to American consumers.

Henry Urbach, SF MOMA


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