TED is taking its annual two-week vacation; during the break, we’ll post some of our favorite talks from the TEDTalks archive, arranged into playlists.
Today’s playlist is about way-new architecture — using organic forms and living, growing materials to bring fresh life into the buildings, homes and infrastructure we occupy. Magnus Larsson, for instance, has a bold plan to build in the Sahara desert sands using living bacteria:
Bjarke Ingels’ buildings not only look like nature — they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy …
In 2002, IDEO’s David Kelley asked designers to focus on the human experience of design — rather than on simply making the next shiny gadget:
Rachel Armstrong gives a first glimpse at new, living building materials — barely understood now — that could one day allow buildings to grow organically:
More talks like this:
David Macauley’s Rome Antics — a bird’s-eye view of a city that has grown organically over thousands of years
Ron Eglash on African fractals — learn more about the precisely fractal forms of African buildings and villages
Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia — finding the living heart of once-sterile suburban spaces
You tell us: What are your favorite architecture stories in the TEDTalks archive? Add your suggestions for this playlist to the comments below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject PLAYLIST: ARCHITECTURE. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)
And look for fresh TEDTalks starting on August 16!
Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias