Month: March 2012

WATCH: 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. Theory meets pragmatism meets optimism in Bjarke Ingels’ architecture. His big-think approach is informed by a hands-on, ground-up understanding of the needs of a building’s occupants and surroundings.

WATCH: Exponential Time (Shift Happens) 2.0

This 6 minutes of Irish music will change the way you think about education forever. An official update to the original “Shift Happens” video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, this June 2007 update includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and fresh design. For more information, or to join the conversation, please visit — Content by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod, design and development by XPLANE.

WATCH: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle (William McDonough)

A great conversation about our future. Great concepts to build by. Green-minded 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.” Architect William McDonough believes green design can prevent environmental disaster and drive economic growth. He champions “cradle to cradle” design, which considers a product’s full life cycle — from creation with sustainable materials to a recycled afterlife.

READ: Bamboo Cures Earthquakes

Bamboo Cures Earthquakes by Matthew Power From the August 2004 issue of Discover Magazine Last December’s earthquake in the Iranian city of Bam took a huge death toll—roughly 40,000 people—largely because of the collapse of thousands of mud-brick buildings. If a group of researchers in India are successful, the next earthquake might not be as devastating. British and Indian engineers are developing earthquake-proof housing using a cheap, ubiquitous material: bamboo.