6 TED Talks by Architects with Though-Provoking Sustainability Solutions

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TED Talks have been inspiring audiences since 1984 with "ideas worth spreading". There are more than 100 talks about Architecture to watch, and we have made a list of six important talks by design professionals about one of the most pressing matters in the industry: sustainability.


Bjarke Ingels - Floating cities, the LEGO House and other architectural forms of the future

The architect behind BIG enthusiastically shares his process behind some recent projects around the world that involve sophisticated sustainability systems. If you watch the talk until the end, you can also learn about his futuristic idea of a modular floating city that would respond to the rising sea levels.


Vishaan Chakrabarti - A vision of sustainable housing for all of humanity

Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of Pau, discusses two problems that are at odds with each other: climate change and a growing population in need of housing. He introduces a housing solution that has quite possibly the lowest carbon footprint per person - a template that can be recreated and adapted for different communities.


Diébédo Francis Kéré - How to build with clay... and community

2022 Pritzker winner Diébédo Francis Kéré (Kéré Architecture) takes you behind the scenes of some of his sustainable designs and tells the inspiring story of how he used his architecture education to help improve the quality of life in his community in Gando, Burkina Faso.


Elora Hardy - Magical houses, made of bamboo

Designer Elora Hardy talks about a surprisingly strong and versatile building material: bamboo. Her firm IBUKU has created innovating designs around Bali and the rest of the world using almost bamboo, including bespoke furniture pieces.


Michael Green - Why we should build wooden skyscrapers

Canadian architect Michael Green explains how wood could be a great sustainable choice for future skyscrapers. He talks about a flexible and safe system using mass timber panels and his FFTT solution. Three years after this recording, Michael Green Architecture completed the first modern timber in the US in 100 years - T3 in Minneapolis.


Michael Pawlyn - Using nature's genius in architecture

British architect Michael Pawlyn champions the idea of biomimicry having the answer for most sustainability problems. If you are curious about different biomimicry idea and opportunities, this is a great video to watch.

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