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The 20 Most Inspirational Non-Architecture TED Talks for Architects

00:00 - 29 August, 2016
The 20 Most Inspirational Non-Architecture TED Talks for Architects

For more than 3 decades now, the annual TED Conference and its many affiliated events have served as an important platform for, as their tagline puts it, "ideas worth spreading," and has inspired countless people through its fast paced thought-provoking presentations. Founded in 1984 by architect and graphic designer Richard Saul Wurman, there have been many architecture presentations throughout the conferences—but there are even more inspirational talks which aren't necessarily about architecture. Here we've compiled 21 of the best TED Talks in recent years which, while not strictly about architecture, will certainly appeal to the architectural mindset. Covering a variety of topics such as creativity, art, productivity, technological advancements, and the science of cities and the natural environment, these videos will inspire you to become a better architect.

Which non-architectural TED talks have inspired you? Don't forget to share further recommendations in the comments below!

Tsao & McKown Collaborate with Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier on Taipei Residential Community

16:00 - 28 August, 2016
Tsao & McKown Collaborate with Annabelle Selldorf and Richard Meier on Taipei Residential Community, Richard Meier Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown
Richard Meier Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown

Tsao & McKown has designed the masterplan for a residential community outside of Taipei, with contributing designs from Annabelle Selldorf, Richard Meier, and Steven Harris, as well as landscaping by Margie Ruddick. 

Named The Master Collection, the project will consist of 28 private residences in the Great Taipei New Town District.

Annabelle Selldorf Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Steven Harris Residence . Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Tsao & McKown Residence. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Tsao & McKown Clubhouse. Image Courtesy of Tsao & McKown +20

Satellite Architects Design Temporary Facade Fusing Natural and Artificial Elements

14:00 - 28 August, 2016
Satellite Architects Design Temporary Facade Fusing Natural and Artificial Elements, Courtesy of Satellite Architects
Courtesy of Satellite Architects

Satellite Architects have designed a pixelated facade for Designjunction temporary exhibition space at Cubitt House in Kings Cross, London. The facade combines natural and artificial elements by wrapping a reflective, gridded screen on top of a second screen of trees and bushes, allowing the foliage to peek through.

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Arts / La Rotta Arquitectos

13:00 - 28 August, 2016
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana School of Arts  / La Rotta Arquitectos , © Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano
© Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano

© Rodrigo Dávila © Mateo Pérez © Llanofotografia - Jairo Llano © Rodrigo Dávila +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Project Architect

    Ricardo La Rotta Caballero
  • Development Group

    Felipe Limongi, Juan Benavides, Manuel Mendoza, Francisco Pinzón, Ximena García, Fredy Pantoja, Laura Pérez, José Joaquín Gómez, Pablo Gaitán, Andrés Garzón, José Ricardo Gómez, Lina Mora, Gustavo Hernandez
  • Client

    Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • Project Area

    17725.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Form4 Architecture's Sustainable "Sea Song" Wins Multiple Awards

12:00 - 28 August, 2016
Form4 Architecture's Sustainable "Sea Song" Wins Multiple Awards, Courtesy of Form4 Architecture
Courtesy of Form4 Architecture

Form4 Architecture has won first place at the International Design Awards for its project, Sea Song, which additionally was honored by the Green Good Design Awards presented by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies, in collaboration with The Chicago Athenaeum’s Museum for Architecture and Design. 

Students at EASA 2016 Transform Nida in Lithuania With Series of Installations

10:15 - 28 August, 2016
Students at EASA 2016 Transform Nida in Lithuania With Series of Installations, Dream Dune. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko
Dream Dune. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko

The 2016 European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) has concluded in Nida, Lithuania. Centering around its title theme of "Not Yet Decided," the two-week event included 35 workshops, with over half of the results still available to view around Nida. Among the most noticeable are "Highlight," a 10-meter tall observation tower close to Nida's lighthouse, a "nomadic theater" named "Atmosphere," a relaxation space known as "The Living Room" at the end of a pier, and a sculptural seating installation on the beach known as "Dream Dune." Read on to see images of all the completed installations.

The Living Room. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko © Alexandra Kononchenko The Next Step. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko Highlight. Image © Lucas Bonnel +36

The Little House in the Campo / Standard Studio

09:00 - 28 August, 2016
The Little House in the Campo / Standard Studio, © Youri Claesens
© Youri Claesens

© Youri Claesens © Youri Claesens © Youri Claesens © Youri Claesens +17

Reiulf Ramstad + Dualchas Unveil Plans for St Kilda Center in a Remote Area in Scotland

08:00 - 28 August, 2016
Reiulf Ramstad + Dualchas Unveil Plans for St Kilda Center in a Remote Area in Scotland, © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas
© Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter / Dualchas

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and Dualchas Architects have unveiled their plans for the St Kilda Visitor Center, which will be located on a cliff-top site at Geodha Sgoilt in the Uig area of the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Through the project, visitors will be able to experience the drama of St Kilda without physically visiting the famous archipelago, which lies over 50 miles to the southwest.

A triple world heritage site, St Kilda is famous not only for its sea cliffs and marine life but more for the story of how a community survived at the remote location before being evacuated in 1930.

By telling the story of this abandoned community, the current community of Uig hopes to catalyze economic development and reverse the population decline they have been suffering.

Golden Garland / wUrck

05:00 - 28 August, 2016
Golden Garland / wUrck, © Jan de Vries
© Jan de Vries

© Jan de Vries © Jan de Vries © Jan de Vries © Jan de Vries +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tiel, The Netherlands
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

A Warm Clinic / RIGI Design

02:00 - 28 August, 2016
A Warm Clinic / RIGI Design, © BIAN Huan-Ming
© BIAN Huan-Ming

© BIAN Huan-Ming © BIAN Huan-Ming © BIAN Huan-Ming © BIAN Huan-Ming +34

House 119 / Takeshi Hosaka Architects

20:00 - 27 August, 2016
House 119 / Takeshi Hosaka Architects, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc. +34

With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls

16:00 - 27 August, 2016
 With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled the plans for its Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City mixed-use project, a complex of retail, residential, office, and hotel space with a Xinhua Bookstore at its core. Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” the project aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +12

Rice University Fellow Creates Half House that Pushes Boundaries and Challenges Perspectives of Light and Space

14:00 - 27 August, 2016

Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture Michelle Chang has created A,B 1:2, a twisted “half house” installation in the university’s jury room. Built at a half scale, the project superimposes and bisects two simple cubes, playing with light and shade through skewed windows in order to demonstrate how architects and artists think about space, as well as how drawings and renderings translate into physical constructions.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Mobility Training Center / Gensler

13:00 - 27 August, 2016
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Mobility Training Center / Gensler, Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

Courtesy of Gensler Courtesy of Gensler Courtesy of Gensler Courtesy of Gensler +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Area

    18300.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gensler

A New Website That Catalogs the Mid-Century Modernist Heritage of Fire Island Pines

12:30 - 27 August, 2016
At 601 Tuna Walk is <a href='http://www.archdaily.com/638862/a-frame-rethink-bromley-caldari-architects'>Bromley Caldari Architects' 2013 Renovation</a> of a 1960s A-frame structure by an unknown architect. Image © Mikiko Kikuyama
At 601 Tuna Walk is Bromley Caldari Architects' 2013 Renovation of a 1960s A-frame structure by an unknown architect. Image © Mikiko Kikuyama

At just 1,310 feet (400 meters) across at its widest point, Fire Island, a barrier island to the south of Long Island in New York, may not seem like an ideal place to host a community. Nonetheless, the island is home to a number of small villages, whose seclusion and proximity to the ocean make them popular getaway locations. With its beach atmosphere (the community is only accessible by ferry) and its growing reputation from the 1960s onward as a safe space for the gay community, Fire Island Pines is one such popular summer destination. As the village grew in the post-war years, the care-free recreational lifestyle encouraged by Fire Island Pines' setting was an ideal proving ground for many of the ideals of mid-century modernist house design, with architects such as the prolific Horace Gifford—who designed 40 homes in Fire Island Pines alone—answering the call.

This Moscow Circus School Proposal is Composed of a Series of Domes and Undulating Waves

12:00 - 27 August, 2016
This Moscow Circus School Proposal is Composed of a Series of Domes and Undulating Waves, Courtesy of Hang Guo and Shanshan Li
Courtesy of Hang Guo and Shanshan Li

A team comprised of Chinese architects Hang Guo and Shanshan Li have used the history of theatre and circus to drive their proposal for a new Moscow Circus School. The design, dubbed Dome and Circus, was developed for the recent Architectural Competition Concours d'Architecture (AC-CA) competition, which encouraged participants to consider the ways in which their design could generate discussion about the relationship between architecture and culture.  

Mariturri School / A54 arquitectos

09:00 - 27 August, 2016
Mariturri School / A54 arquitectos , © imagina2
© imagina2

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Marina Durán, Fernando Ortega, Eugenio de la Torre
  • Design Team

    Borja García, Gorka Goikoetxea
  • Area

    6193.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

"Unofficial" Winning Design for Obama Presidential Library Provides "Second Home" To Visitors

08:00 - 27 August, 2016
"Unofficial" Winning Design for Obama Presidential Library Provides "Second Home" To Visitors, Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio
Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio

Just as the competition to design the official Obama Presidential Library in Chicago was heating up, Arcbazar orchestrated a simultaneous, open-call for ideas competition asking  “What sort of Presidential Library would the people design?." Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio (RTDS) responded with a proposal that focuses on Obama's peaceful and inclusive spirit to create a place of welcome and community. Dubbed The V-House, their design is comprised of a series of indoor/outdoor sequences which reference Obama's life and significant points in its Chicago context.   

Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio Courtesy of Raynaldo Theodore Design Studio +29