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Rock, paper, scissors! These 5 TED Talks play with paper in fresh waysRock, paper, scissors! These 5 TED Talks play with paper in fresh ways

Posted By Nia Ashley

Architect Shigeru Ban uses paper tubes to build temporary, ecologically sustainable structures. These geometrically complex structures can be big and impressive — like a concave complex built for Expo 2000 in Germany — or small and functional, like the half-pipe office Ban built for himself atop the Pompadou Center in Paris. No matter their size […]

Architecture

Why tall wooden buildings must be our future: a visual essay by Michael GreenWhy tall wooden buildings must be our future: a visual essay by Michael Green

Posted By Helen Walters

“Like snowflakes, no two pieces of wood can be the same anywhere on earth,” says architect Michael Green in today’s lyrical TED talk, “Why we should build wooden skyscrapers,” in which he lays out his thesis for designing and engineering the world’s tallest buildings from one of its oldest materials. “Mother Nature has fingerprints in […]

Design

Skyscrapers of wood: Michael Green at TED2013Skyscrapers of wood: Michael Green at TED2013

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Architect Michael Green presents an interesting riddle: why are buildings made of wood only a few stories high when trees found in nature are remarkable for their height? Speaking in session 7 of TED2013, Green shares his deep love of wood — which he first discovered from his grandfather, a woodworker who taught him to […]