Five Ted Talks that For Construction and Design Professionals

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Robison Wells
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Stunning buildings made from raw, imperfect materials

Architect Débora Mesa Molina questions what it takes to reimagine the limits of architecture with a visual tour of her work, showcasing structures made with overlooked structures and unusual methods.

“This is a difficult balance. Through architecture you’re trying to change preconceptions and push boundaries even if we’re using materials that we often have laying around and overlook.”

How Urban Spaces Can Preserve History and Build Community

Landscape architect Walter Hood explores how public spaces both reclaim the past and embrace the future, with projects ranging from Lafayette Square Park in San Francisco to the African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.

“I want to share with you today this idea of E Pluribus Unum and how our landscapes might imbue us with different perspectives, as well as stop us from trying to narrow things down to a clear single set of identities.”

How To Design Timeless Cities for Our Collective Future

Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti calls for a return to designing magnetic, lyrical cities that embody local cultures, resisting the creeping sameness in many new urban buildings and streetscapes.

“Most people are gravitating toward urban areas across the world. And how we design those spaces could determine whether we thrive or not as a species.”

A Playful Solution to the Housing Crisis

Digital housing developer Sarah Murray created a computer game allowing home buyers to design a house and have it delivered in modular components to be assembled on-site. Here, she puts forth her case for cutting costs, protecting the environment, and providing homes to those in need.

“What is building a house? Well it turns out that building a house is making a series of decisions, some with physical consequences within a defined set of parameters. Having worked in software, this sounded very familiar to me.”

How Architecture Can Create Dignity for All

Architect John Cary investigates the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. He calls on architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the many, not the few.

“I believe that design functions as a soundtrack that we aren’t aware is playing. It sets the tone for everything in our lives.”

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