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"Yes is more is a popular and easily accessible manifesto for architecture as one of the most relevant aggregates of the 21st century in which we may epitomise and answer many of the global agenda-setting questions. In the exhibition and in the book, B.I.G. shows how they conceptualise the polymorphous demands, complex rules and highly specialised knowledge of society, creating tangible solutions through artistic processes; solutions which time and again attract the interest of the population at large as well as the respect of global aficionados. Yes is more is a communication created in this very spirit - combing elite and popular elements - allowing the sublime to shone through in the commonplace. Thus audiences are invited into B.I.G.'s processes, methods and results using the most approachable and populist means of communication available - the cartoon. -Kent Martinussen, Architect, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre"

About the Author

Bjarke Ingels is a yes man. He rises to the challenge of just about any demand, be it reasonable or otherwise, with an unqualified Yes. This fuels his ambition to absorb all the political interests surrounding a project and to turn them into backbending forms that disarm the opposition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (November 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836520109
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836520102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By misfitsarchitecture on May 27, 2011
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When shouting in italics isn't enough for this breathless, excitable book, it boldly screams. And when that's insufficient, it underlines it as well - and in red. It quickly becomes tiring. Every idea is WHAT WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! No point left unexclaimed.

As a character in a book, Bjarke Ingels is best when he's bigging-up himself. He does that bigtime. He's not the first architect to make great claims for his buildings and won't be the last but, just because "YES IS MORE" is a comic, we shouldn't assume it's all true. Or that it's a simple book designed to efficiently entertain and inform us.

Once past the cover page, we have foreplay as foreword. A double-page spread of Ludwig Mies speech-bubbling "Less is more" is followed by Robert Venturi with "Less is a bore", Philip Johnson with "I'm a whore", a shout-out to Remment Koolhaas ("more and more, more is more"), a nod to Barack Obama ("Yes we can!") and, finally, B.I. bringing this false sequence to the false conclusion of "Yes is more". This is no simple book. In the credits, B.I. is credited with "Text". Whether this is for writing, dictating, or approving the text we don't know, but between that text and us are three translators and eleven (!) text "editors". We can be sure that every image and word has been crafted and calculated to create the impression of sincerity. Enjoyably audacious visual puns and cheesy verbal ones strike the right tone between intelligence and informality. Too clever by half, this book is a sophisticated and hard-nosed marketing tool for a successful architecture and publicity machine. It is wrong to dismiss it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I. Schopa on December 8, 2009
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The author begins this book by telling the reader that he wishes to communicate not just the main ideas and processes his office takes when developing a project, but also the little side stories that often get left out. In this regard, the book is a success. It is filled with entertaining and insightful facts that helped to shape some really interesting projects.

Where the book disappoints a little is in it's use of the graphic novel format. For me, the strengths of graphic novels lie in their ability to tell stories with minimal text. Here, many of the images are photographs and detailed renderings. Some of these do a good job of telling a story. Others are either too elaborate, or require excessive text to explain them. Another problem is that there is only one character: Bjarke Ingalls. While he always has something interesting to say, it could have been interesting to have, perhaps, an antagonist. Finally, the chapters are quite brief. Each chapter tells the story of the development of a specific project, but they usually end before they really get started. I would have favored longer chapters, even if they came at the expense of a few projects.

Despite a few shortcomings, I think the book will definitely be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about this exciting office. But for architects it is a bit lacking in detail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tavodu on October 22, 2011
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I have been following Bjarke Ingel's work for a few years now and I think he does a great job both with his designs and selling the B.I.G. brand to the world. This book is fun and will keep you entertained for a while, but if you have visited his website [...] and looked at the projects, you've pretty much seen all there is in Yes is More; these are the same projects with much less information. The ideas are clear but the format and layout become boring or tedious at some point (too much text placed all over the page). I still recommend it and wish I had had it during my first two years studying Architecture.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nile G on June 2, 2011
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Bjarke Ingels may have spent 2 years at Rem Koolhaas' office OMA, but clearly all he picked up is how to sell himself well. The book is fun, exciting and full of beautiful renderings and diagrams, but the few built buildings are under-detailed and over formed. The ideas of Bjarke are form related. Yes, evolutionary architecture is a tremendous idea, but the idea shouldn't result in the shape of a skyscraper, but rather how it functions. There are plenty of good ideas in this book, both presentation ideas and architecture ideas, but do not think of it as a guide to "good" ideas. The popularity of this book is expected (and scary), but we need to remember the real purpose of architecture, to fulfill it's program. Go buy it, it's a fun read (so is Harry Potter).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sub-Kontinental on July 17, 2010
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A fun, unique and clearly written presentation of BIG's portfolio and do-everything-solve-everything philosophy. I commend BIG for laying off the scholarly vocabulary too--very refreshing. The graphic novel style and general optimism is a breath of fresh air in a discipline rife with cynics.

Its major flaw is one endemic to the "literature" of architecture: lots of showboating, which occasionally undermines the sincerity of the ideas.

If their next book builds off of this, I look forward to reading it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Sanchez on January 13, 2014
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a great visual book depicting the work of BIG. Fun diagrams, yet they focus too much on "this is what we did" instead of "this is why we did that"
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