TED2013 Begins Today!

  • 26 Feb 2013
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The latest incarnation of TEDTalks has finally arrived with TED2013: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered. This year’s conference in Long Beach, California will host the largest number of speakers in TED history, more than 70, with more than half coming from TED’s global talent search (which found “some truly astounding youngsters”). Another interesting change for this year? Many will present shorter speeches (most hovering about12 minutes, rather than the traditional 18) .

This year’s conference features some speakers who are particularly interesting for the architecture world. See which ones from the Line-Up we’re most excited to hear from, after the break…

NOTE: While you cannot livestream these speakers for free, you can pay (a considerable fee) in order get TEDLive Membership. OR – you could just stay tuned to ArchDaily – we’ll be sure to share these speakers’ videos with you as soon as they’re publicly available. 

All times are PST/ GMT -8:00. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

About 3:15 PM Saskia Sasssen 

Saskia Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

About 8:45 AM Alistair Parvin 

Alistair Parvin is the co-founder of WikiHouse, an open-source community project which aims to make affordable, sustainable, and adaptive house design solutions freely available, so that anyone can design for anyone else. The project was also one of the 10  winners of the TED City 2.0 awards in 2012. As Parvin shared on the TED Blog: “For too long, cities have been made by the 1% and consumed by the 99%. We wanted to see what it would take to create something that would allow the 99% to make cities for the 99%.”  

About 11:15 AM Elon Musk 

Elon Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur who builds and operates companies to solve environmental, social and economic challenges. He co-founded PayPal and SolarCity and currently drives strategy, development and design at two companies he created, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX – the first private company to successfully launch and dock a spacecraft with the international space station) and Tesla Motors. One of many of Musk’s envelope pushing plans is to create a 5th mode of transportation that works at “hyperspeed” (check out our coverage here).

Around 3:00 PM Yu “Jordy” Fu 

A former senior design architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Jordy Fu is an architect, artist, author, and designer who, according to her web site, works to “create better environments for other people, [...] to tap into dreams, engage emotions, transform designs into delight and melt your heart.” Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale and London’s Design Museum; her installation “Cloud” will also hang above the Long Beach Performing Arts Center for the duration of TED 2013. 

5:00 PM Leyla Acaroglu 

Leyla Acaroglu, the Director of Eco-Innovators, is a leading proponent of life cycle based strategic sustainability. She is a designer, social scientist, strategist and educator whose work has included the development of one of the first online life cycle assessment tools, ‘Greenly’, and the award winning sustainability education project ‘The Secret Life of Things.’ She was also the Artist in Residence for Autodesk in 2012.

Around 6:00 PM Michael Green

Michael Green, a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada recognized for his award winning work with Michael Green Architects, is dedicated to bringing attention to several of the overwhelming challenges in architecture today. The first is climate change and how the built environment is an enormous contributor to the factors damaging the very environment designers and architects are seeking to improve. The second is the profound reality that over the next 20 years, 3 billion people, or 40% of the world, will need a new affordable home. Michael believes in championing a shift to new ways of building that will compliment the intersection of man’s greatest building challenges. He is also the author of: “The Case for Tall Wood Buildings.” 

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "TED2013 Begins Today!" 26 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=336225>