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A speech to graduating Harvard architects

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Last week, TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, addressed the 2011 graduating class of architects from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His advice to them? Don’t pursue your passion directly. At least not yet. Instead … pursue the things that will empower you. Pursue knowledge. Be relentlessly curious. Listen, learn. Read the text of Chris’ commencement []

Building the Seed Cathedral: Thomas Heatherwick on TED.com

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A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station … And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:52) []

Why light needs darkness: Rogier van der Heide on TED.com

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Lighting architect Rogier van der Heide offers a beautiful new way to look at the world — by paying attention to light (and to darkness). Examples from classic buildings illustrate a deeply thought-out vision of the play of light around us. (Recorded at TEDxAmsterdam, October 2010, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Duration: 16:52) Watch Rogier van []

Using nature’s genius in architecture: Michael Pawlyn on TED.com

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How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. (Recorded at TEDSalon, November 2010, in London, UK. Duration: 13:47) Watch Michael Pawlyn’s []

Don't build your home, grow it!: Mitchell Joachim on TED.com

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TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 02:57) Watch Mitchell Joachim’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find []

The refugees of boom-and-bust: Cameron Sinclair on TED.com

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At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response. (Recorded at TEDGlobal University 2009, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 3:06) Watch Cameron Sinclair’s talk on TED.com, where you []

Q&A with Bjarke Ingels: On architectural alchemy

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The TED Blog caught up with Bjarke Ingels several weeks after he gave his TEDTalk at TEDGlobal 2009. How have the reactions been to your talk? Well, in the comments on the website, there’s been a lot of meticulous debate about whether or not you can actually see the Great Wall of China from the []