HOT TO COLD an odyssey of architectural adaptation

New Waste to Energy Plant plus Ski Slope. Rendering courtesy BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group.

Exhibition, National Building Museum, Washington, USA, until 30 August
The international design firm BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group presents a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG's design solutions are shaped by cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models are suspended on the second-floor balconies of the Museum's historic Great Hall, in an unprecedented use of this public space. Danish architect Bjarke Ingels coined the phrase ‘hedonistic sustainability’ to reflect his philosophy that environmentally responsible buildings and neighbourhoods need not be defined by pain and sacrifice. Ingels says that architecture is not just about decorating a box, but also about reconfiguring things for the better and making something that inspires others, in hopes of making a substantial impact on the world.