In an interview with TIME magazine, Ingels went into detail about Masterplanet – BIG’s concept for designing a more sustainable way of living for the world.
Approaching Earth like an architect master planning a city, Ingels calculates that even a predicted population of 10 billion people could enjoy a high quality of life if environmental issues were tackled holistically.
Thinking on the scale of individual buildings isn’t enough, the Danish architect told TIME.
“When you’re building a house, there are a few things you can do — add some solar panels on the roof and so on — but most of it is not very effective,” explained Ingels.
“Every time you go up in scale, you can actually do more.”
According to BIG, only a master planning approach will “prove that a sustainable human presence on planet Earth is attainable with existing technologies” in time to avert total disaster.