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Design for dying: A TED Fellow thinks deeply about the architecture of death

Design for dying: A TED Fellow thinks deeply about the architecture of death

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Alison Killing thinks a lot about death … and specifically, how its ubiquitous, hidden presence shapes our cities. In Death in Venice, her June 2014 exhibition on the topic, Killing mapped London’s death-associated architectural features — hospitals, cemeteries, crematoria, and so on — making visible the invisible mechanics of death and dying. She asks us to consider: What might []

8 ideas for the future of cities

8 ideas for the future of cities

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In 2012, the TED Prize was awarded to an idea: The City2.0, a place to celebrate actions taken by citizens around the world to make their cities more livable, beautiful and sustainable. This week, The City2.0 website evolves. On the relaunched TEDCity2.org, you’ll find great talks on topics like housing, education and food, and how []

A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of TED Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio

A perpetual tourist who makes his own souvenirs: The intriguing work of TED Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio

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From China’s underwater cities to Amsterdam’s neglected neighborhoods to Italy’s looted ruins, Jorge Mañes Rubio seeks out forsaken places and makes art that memorializes, reimagines and reengages them with the world. His project “Normal Pool Level” — which emerged from his exploration of the cities, towns and villages submerged by China’s Three Gorges Dam Project []

What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

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Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit []

5 TED Talks about bikes

5 TED Talks about bikes

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“I don’t think protected bicycle ways are a cute architectural feature. They are a right, just as sidewalks are,” says Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogota, Colombia, in today’s talk. “Protected bikeways also are a powerful symbol of democracy, because they show that a citizen on a $30 bicycle is equally important to one []

Dhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivation

Dhaka in pictures: a city of culture, opportunity and deprivation

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Nurur Rahman Khan was born and bred in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A practicing architect and university lecturer, Khan alternately marvels at the city’s convivial culture and bemoans its economic and structural deficiencies. He’ll brook no debate over the quality of Dhaka’s food, though: It’s miraculously good. Here’s a taste of Khan’s Dhaka, photographed by Mohammad Tauheed, a []

Christchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquake

Christchurch in pictures: Life after a devastating earthquake

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Christchurch-based Danny Squires is director of Space Craft Systems and co-founder of WikiHouse/NZ, a global  project aiming to make it possible for anyone to design, download and “print” houses. Squires was going about his daily business in Christchurch on February 22, 2011, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through the city, causing horrific damage and killing []

My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

My City: Juliana Rotich on Ushahidi, BRCK and life in Nairobi

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Juliana Rotich was not expecting our interview to end in tears. Neither was I. But on reflection, we were both completely ok with it. After all, that’s what happens when terrorism becomes personal. For Rotich, that happened at the end of September, when al Shabaab terrorists attacked the Westgate Mall in the northwestern part of []

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

7 TED Talks on the need to encourage entrepreneurship

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Could unemployment be a factor that leads to terrorism? In today’s talk, peace strategist Mohamed Ali (not to be confused with the boxer) introduces us to the youth of Mogadishu, Somalia — 70 percent of whom are unable to find jobs. In this talk, Ali highlights just how appealing the messages of terrorist organizations and []

Sanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie Ibarra

Sanctuaries of sound in New York City: Fellows Friday with Susie Ibarra

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Percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra is creating virtual sanctuaries for real cities. Working in collaboration with local artists, historians, architects, city planners and musicians, Ibarra and her partner Roberto Rodriguez — who together form Electric Kulintang — have created a musical pilgrimage that takes the public on a sound walk through 12 sites in Lower []