Posts tagged "TED"
TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary.

TEDxSydney – Saul Griffith – Living in the Future

Inventor, scientist and entrepreneur Saul Griffiths, on how we can make the future awesome through better engineering (and a bit of imagination). Saul is the Founder / Principal Scientist at Other Lab, where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical...

TEDtalk: Jessica Green – Are We Filtering the Wrong Microbes?

Should we keep the outdoors out of hospitals? Ecologist and TED Fellow Jessica Green has found that mechanical ventilation does get rid of many types of microbes, but the wrong kinds: the ones left in the hospital are much more likely to be pathogens.
Propserity Without Growth? Tim Jackson's Economic Reality Check

Propserity Without Growth? Tim Jackson’s Economic Reality Check

Great TED talk: As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future. Tim Jackson currently serves as the economics commissioner on the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission and is director...
Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.
Michael Pawlyn at TED: Using Nature's Genius in Architecture

Michael Pawlyn at TED: Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture

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. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from...

Bjarke Ingels – Hedonistic Sustainability

Bjarke Ingels’ architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. At TEDxEast he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.
The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations

The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations

Very fascinating TED talk about the mathematical rules that drive all of us and our cities: Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In...
Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex - The Collective Brain

Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex – The Collective Brain

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

BIG on TED / Bjarke Ingels: 3 Warp-Speed Architecture Tales

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature — they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy — and creating stunning views.

William McDonough: The Wisdom of Designing Cradle to Cradle

Architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account “All children, all species, for all time.” A tireless proponent of absolute sustainability (with a deadpan sense of humor), he explains his philosophy of “cradle to cradle” design, which bridge the needs of ecology and economics. ...

Greg Lynn: How Calculus is changing Architecture

Greg Lynn talks at TED about the mathematical roots of architecture — and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a titanium tea set) illustrate his theory. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeyzUysMLy0] TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from...