Copenhagen and New York
BIG is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.
BIG IDEAS – Information Driven Design
BIG’s design process always starts by identifying the key criteria of a project: What is the biggest problem – what is the greatest potential? Rather than arbitrary aesthetic or stylistic prejudice, all decisions are based on project specific information – Information Driven Design.
Our effort as architects is sandwiched in the window of opportunity between analysis and implementation. And our influence happens in the translation from information to material. In an attempt to increase our sphere of influence on our built environment, we have established BIG IDEAS.
BIG IDEAS is an internal technology driven special projects unit, expanding the traditional scope of the architect into the realm of information and material. BIG IDEAS explores new intellectual territory in both the digital and material realm through three specific areas.
BIG / PhD / Computational Design Specialist
Tore Banke joined BIG in 2014 as a Computational Design Specialist in the area of building performance simulation. Tore’s vast experience in parametric software development allows him to customize digital toolsets and workflows in BIGs projects. Tore’s knowledge enables us to integrate building performance as part of our concept design and handle design problems and geometries of great complexity. Tore has… read more
Evy Laura Maurice Slabbinck
Evy Laura Maurice Slabbinck is a Research Associate and tutor at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design at the University of Stuttgart. She obtained the degree “Master of Science in Architectural Engineering” at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2014, and also holds a Master of Science from the University of Stuttgart… read more
ZEYNEP AKSÖZ is a PhD Candidate at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in Institute of Architecture (IoA) http://i-o-a.at/. She is working on EU funded Research Project Innochain http://innochain.net/.
Her ongoing research topic is “Multiple Criteria Optimization in Early Design Phase”, where she focuses on the communication and integration of interdisciplinary… read more
Giulio Brugnaro is a trained architect with a strong interest in computational tools and robotic fabrication for architectural production. He is currently Early-stage Researcher (ESR) at The Bartlett School of Architecture in London as part of the InnoChain Research Network. His research focuses on exploring adaptive robotic fabrication processes and sensing methods that allow designers to engage with… read more