The Top Influential Architecture Talks from “Ted Talks”

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If you are looking to absorb some information regarding architecture right now then watch the following videos of amazing people talking about amazing things! You are sure to learn something new today.

Architects spreading their ideas on "Ted Talks"
Architects spreading their ideas on “Ted Talks”

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Before agriculture, permanent settlements did not and could not exist. Architect Carolyn Steel discusses how food has shaped the cities we live in, urging watchers to realize that our world is made from what we eat. Estimating that the population of cities will double by 2050, she frames food as a powerful tool to positively shape our future urban environments. For more on the dangers of how we currently produce and distribute food, check out Urban Agriculture Part I: What Cuba Can Teach Us – which also features Steel’s TED Talk.

Tim Brown urges designers to think big

Tim Brown calls upon designers to move beyond their professions and “focus less on the object and more on design thinking as an approach.” He advocates design thinking as the answer to many of the world’s problems, whatever they may be, calling upon watchers to start thinking about those problems and what we can do about them.

 

Rogier van der Heide: Why Light Needs Darkness

What makes Le Corbusier‘s Ronchamp, Tadao Ando‘s Church of Light, and Peter Zumthor‘s Therme Vals so special? According to lighting architect Rogier van der Heide, it’s how they incorporate both light and dark. Using the history of lighting design and real-world examples to build his argument, van der Heide explains how and why the interplay between dark and light creates interesting environments.

Jessica Green: We’re Covered in Germs, Let’s Design for That

Different programmatic spaces are host to different microbial environments. Some microbes are good for us, while others are bad – so why don’t we start designing for healthy microbial environments? Engineer and biodiversity scientist Jessica Green advocates the possibility, using a case study to demonstrate how our bodies and buildings are constantly in contact with microbes, influencing everything from the freshness of the air to our breath.

 Julian Treasure: Why Architects Need To Use Their Ears

 Julian Treasure wants to know: ‘Do architects have ears?’ Most of us communicate primarily through sound, which is hugely dependent on our environment, yet architects tend to exclusively fetishize the visible, almost entirely neglecting the other senses. Treasure explains why architects need to find a pair of ears and use them – in some cases it could be a matter of life and death.

Philip Johnson is another prime example of an inspirational all aspiring architects need to study.
Philip Johnson is another prime example of an inspirational all aspiring architects need to study.
Stéphane Beel is an extremely inspirational architect to learn from.
Stéphane Beel is an extremely inspirational architect to learn from.

What inspirational videos did you watch? What are your personal thoughts and opinions on the topics discussed?

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