Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk is the world’s greatest living architect, according to design curator and educator Jan Boelen.
Boelen argued that the South African-born billionaire is thinking on a more ambitious scale than any other living figure and is reshaping the world through his businesses.
“Elon Musk is the biggest architect of our time,” Boelen told Dezeen. “He is building the biggest infrastructures around us. And he’s not even asking anybody permission for that. He’s just doing it.”
“He expands the notion of architecture,” Boelen added. “He uses his imagination to develop projects nobody else would think of.”
Musk’s projects include electric-car brand Tesla and its battery-building enterprise Gigafactory, private rocket maker SpaceX, high-speed travel concept Hyperloop and tunnelling firm The Boring Company.
“He’s building Hyperloops everywhere in the world,” said Boelen, who is rector of German design school Karlsruhe University of Art and Design (HfG).
“It’s even bigger than China’s belt and road initiative.”
“He’s now looking at colonising Mars,” the Belgian added. “And it’s all in the hands of one person.”
“I think we need more visionary people”
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