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

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

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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 []

Skyscrapers of wood: Michael Green at TED2013

Skyscrapers of wood: Michael Green at TED2013

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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 []