Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future | Bjarke Ingels

  • Published on Jul 1, 2019
  • Design gives form to the future, says architect Bjarke Ingels. In this worldwide tour of his team's projects, journey to a waste-to-energy power plant (that doubles as an alpine ski slope) and the LEGO Home of the Brick in Denmark -- and catch a glimpse of cutting-edge flood resilience infrastructure in New York City as well as an ambitious plan to create floating, sustainable cities that are adapted to climate change.
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Comments • 758

  • branzboy1
    branzboy1 12 hours ago

    I will wait to see the "defensive" systems against those who wont be able to afford such possibilities. Practically 99% of the human population. Great idea but I'm pessimistic here.

  • Cassidy Richard
    Cassidy Richard Day ago

    I'm just imagining all the wealthy people living on these floating cities while the working class stays behind in the flooded, abandoned cities producing all the other consumable goods and taking care of the non-recyclable waste... I think this is a great idea, and maybe there are more things in place to get something like this done that weren't explained in the video, but... I'm doubtful. Hopeful though.

    • Gen Li
      Gen Li 19 hours ago

      In 1989, they said the cities would all be underwater by 2000. They lie.

  • Fabian Hugert
    Fabian Hugert Day ago

    Our collective human superpower

  • keith paton
    keith paton 2 days ago

    Shame we can’t ever afford the cost coz it will rob you of your life savings and what for a cool ship

  • Click The Creeper
    Click The Creeper 2 days ago

    when you unlock seasteads in civ 6

  • jonteno
    jonteno 4 days ago

    Always wanted to have a floting "city" or community. This is one of my dreams and id live to throw millions into making it a reality. I wonder what these would cost, from what i saw, they would not cost too much it seems. But the probblem is how to make thses not just be enormous money sinks and make them acutally economicly sustainable when built, but im guessing quality produce and water farming would be one of the major incomes for the community, that and computer work. Id love a community of it-engeniers whos families work on the island with produce and sea bed conservation. I want this

  • Daryl Wathen
    Daryl Wathen 4 days ago +3

    This video gave me tingles. It makes me excited for the future. I love it.

  • Damiano Carosi
    Damiano Carosi 5 days ago +5

    It's fantastic but the economy of this city? Where the people take the money? And how is organized politically? It's a very good idea but with the real life born some problems

    • Jonathan Zak
      Jonathan Zak 4 days ago

      I was thinking the same thing. I bet it would get some tourist money but I think the idea is that it will sustainable enough that it can survive with a small economy

  • Savius
    Savius 5 days ago +2

    Average Dutch citizen: "The alps are hard to climb but I wanna ski."
    Average Dutch architect: "hey let's put an alpine ski track on our roof"

    • Jakob Schiellerup
      Jakob Schiellerup Day ago

      Sorry, have to correct you there real quick :) He's Danish

  • wii8
    wii8 5 days ago +4

    Architectural Engineers hate this man.

  • Dan Elleson
    Dan Elleson 6 days ago +1

    The floating city is basically Jacque Fresco's design fleshed out

  • Ha Gotcha
    Ha Gotcha 6 days ago +1

    when you realize that over half of the world's population can't swim

  • Holistic Lee
    Holistic Lee 6 days ago

    This is a fantastic idea of innovation and design! My own only question is what are the measuring being taken to protect and perserve the islands from natural disasters?

  • Space Slider
    Space Slider 6 days ago

    And then a 10 meter wave or even taller is coming, and everyone is fucked... lol... yeah no thanks I prefer to live on land :3

    • Nana
      Nana 3 days ago

      Who said they're making it in the middle of the ocean? And what makes you think the land is safer with a 10m wave coming? Lol

  • Ian Stano
    Ian Stano 6 days ago

    Hahaha epic, cant wait for the rich to be able to live happily ever after and the poor get killed by the actions of the rich. Sweet.

  • ya boi
    ya boi 7 days ago +1

    this is gonna be our defining trait in grand strategy games when picking a species

  • Niclas Sjørslev
    Niclas Sjørslev 7 days ago

    sounds amezing but is this going to be something we see or do we destroy the earth before?

  • Tex 21133
    Tex 21133 7 days ago


  • LogicalSense
    LogicalSense 7 days ago

    We could not get this guy? No we got the "Governator".... This guy is part of a plan to better the world and society. "Governator" gave illegal immigrants drivers licenses... Why could we not get this guy instead?! lol

  • Sara A
    Sara A 7 days ago +2

    everyone talks about negative of climate change etc these days while architecture turns it into positive and beauty(im also concerned so dont bombard me with your negative comments). this makes me more interested in what i study everyday. architecture is a mess but lts also the solution to beauty, todays problem yesterdays and tomorrows.

  • Kevin Pernillo
    Kevin Pernillo 8 days ago

    Hmmm interesting to hear all these ideas yet if my mind serves me correctly Silicon Valley invested in architecture before the internet was a thing. Themselves thinking thats what was going to skyrocket in business but technology took over instead. So wouldnt all these ideas be implemented already and put to use?

  • The Matadore
    The Matadore 9 days ago

    The floating cities concept is cool but it needs roaming animals to keep the soil alive too, and these plans don’t seem to make room for animals.

  • Sean Reed
    Sean Reed 9 days ago

    How about re-using plastic waste to make those LEGO blocks for building?

    AN1EMUS 10 days ago +1

    Public services (hospitals, police/enforcement, waste/garbage disposal - not sure if this was mentioned), transportation for a larger system, accessibility options for physically impaired, earthquake/tsunami mitigation (area-dependant). Its a really cool idea though and im sure he can address these.

  • Erin Parker
    Erin Parker 10 days ago

    I'm all for eco friendly housing. But do you really think your going to get thousands of people that live on the ocean to farm/physical labor jobs/constant upkeep of mechanical devices every day?

    • Nana
      Nana 3 days ago

      They will have no choice with rising sea levels eating up all their land lol

  • Jack Miller
    Jack Miller 10 days ago

    This may just be me. Looking at the great stills and animation throughout this, with regards to the floating cities, I feel like I am watching a McDonald's commercial. Now, what is the reality going to be? Will it be an all bun with little meat McDonald's sandwich or will it be a nice, juicy Wendy's Double Baconator with S'wsome sauce?

  • Chmp_Rodri
    Chmp_Rodri 11 days ago +1

    Sounds amazing, the energy source won’t be sustainable though, solar and wind and hydro won’t be sustainable for a whole city, but everything else like farms and recyclable filtration seems legit

    MAPPAMUNDI 11 days ago

    Property values would be ?

  • Ruboy Poza
    Ruboy Poza 11 days ago

    This is extremely underrated
    more people have to see this

  • YeeT
    YeeT 12 days ago

    Now I want to become an architect...

  • Jayanth Shetty
    Jayanth Shetty 12 days ago

    Mind blowing innovation & ideas for survival

  • BeginPanicAttack
    BeginPanicAttack 13 days ago +4

    cool ideas for futuristic housing and architecture
    now make it available for the poor

  • _Kars
    _Kars 13 days ago

    Damn, they're really good with photoshop

  • LazyBones
    LazyBones 14 days ago


  • Chris Jordan Aliac
    Chris Jordan Aliac 15 days ago

    Futuristic WaterWorld... same as the old movie only way better....

  • Helena da Silva
    Helena da Silva 17 days ago

    Can you guys imagine the possibilities if he and Elon Musk teamed up??

  • Berk Gökden
    Berk Gökden 18 days ago

    I had this idea (hexagonal floating cities) when I was 12 and it was 23 years ago and I have told the same structure with the same plan to nearly everyone I have met in my life :D

  • Stephen Mataganog
    Stephen Mataganog 19 days ago

    What a beautiful idea. What a sweet guy😊

  • daniel alam
    daniel alam 19 days ago

    No doubt very fruitful presentation. I would like to understand what are the safety measurements taken in case of a storm? Can the floating city withstand the waves especially that the cells are connected with 2 hopefully flexible bridges?

  • Daniel Mahon
    Daniel Mahon 20 days ago

    a purely biological version of this could be made out of the plastic floating in the ocean if it was woven together with kelp and seaweed soil and tree roots given time hundreds of floating trash and soil islands could drift with the currents creating rest stops for sea birds and maybe humans too if the islands are large enough i think a few people have done this on a small scale before

  • Amir Kahinpour
    Amir Kahinpour 22 days ago

    Amazing vision, thank you for sharing it

  • Denis Lozej
    Denis Lozej 23 days ago

    When do we start this!
    By all the stuff happening on mainland, the human race has to abandon old ways asap!

  • Melody
    Melody 24 days ago

    I love the idea of floating cities, I come from a family that spends 90% of their time in the water and my grandfather and those before him were captains of their own ships and my other grandfather and his ancestors were pearl divers. I'm in my element when I'm in the water, it gives me peace and if its possible to someday live there...... I cannot wait!!!

  • M Blu
    M Blu 24 days ago

    Thanks for the inspiring talk, Bjarke Ingels!

  • Sujit Bidve
    Sujit Bidve 24 days ago

    What a stupid idea. To live in a water forever. He need have a basic understanding of humanity body.

  • Large Soda
    Large Soda 24 days ago +1

    How many diamond pickaxes did they use?

  • Daniel Lobo
    Daniel Lobo 25 days ago

    I’d love to live there!!!! ❤️

  • Tigra Family
    Tigra Family 25 days ago

    And the only constant in the universe is change.
    Our world is always changing, and rignt now, our climate is changing.
    No matter how critical the crisis is, and it is, this is also our collective superpower.
    That we have the power to adapt to change and we have the power to give form to our future.
    That's it.

  • Angel Gonzalez
    Angel Gonzalez 26 days ago


  • Isaac
    Isaac 26 days ago

    We can do this if we change our economic system and retake politics for the people

  • Cristian Ambaek
    Cristian Ambaek 27 days ago +1

    You want to build a city in the ocean, people still cant throw trash in a trashcan 5 meters away.

  • bianca l.
    bianca l. 28 days ago

    This makes me excited about the future. Fingers crossed this really gets done!

  • William Miles
    William Miles 28 days ago

    Now I want to write a book that takes place in the far future of earth, where there are these floating cities where everyone lives. I don't know what would happen in the story, but I know the main setting.

  • Roy Robson
    Roy Robson 29 days ago

    Bjarke is seriously a genius. A true innovator.

  • Mx y747488
    Mx y747488 Month ago

    Holy crap. Yes, please

  • cornelius bernad
    cornelius bernad Month ago

    wouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu its so amazing

  • sealtiel
    sealtiel Month ago +3

    The strength in his voice never failed to inspire me to become an architect

    MARK MCKENZIE Month ago +1

    I cannot wait for this world to be created, I truly hope that this company is successful in creating these, fantastical, modern, beautiful, functional, clean, comfortable floating cities all over the World. We need to be smart if we are going to survive a warming planet and we need to start right away.

  • Mihail Semenkov
    Mihail Semenkov Month ago +1

    "The only constant in the universe is change." Such familiar words, like what Jaque Fresco was saying.

  • Lucsy3012
    Lucsy3012 Month ago +1

    Experiencing or even living in one of these homes in the future would be amazing. Bjarke has the capabilities and the energy to really implement it and he has proven his skill so many times before.