October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Gehry Residence, 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Recipient


The Twenty-Five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. The Gehry Residence -- a seemingly ad hoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials wrapped around an unassuming two-story clapboard bungalow -- found a literal, but unexpected, answer to the question of neighborhood context, and used it to forever re-shape the formal and material boundaries of architecture.

October 6, 2014

VIDEO: Renzo Piano's, Hon. FAIA, Menil Collection Honored with AIA Twenty-five Year Award


"Piano's first American project set a precedent for lovingly-scaled museum architecture that exquisitely celebrates natural light, a standard he has continued to honor in the decades and museum commissions since."

September 29, 2014

VIDEO: Majora Carter: 3 stories of local eco-entrepreneurship


 The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. In her talk, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security." (Filmed at TEDxMidWest.)

Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx at the turn of the century. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the USA.

September 22, 2014

VIDEO: Arthur Potts Dawson: A vision for sustainable restaurants


If you've been in a restaurant kitchen, you've seen how much food, water and energy can be wasted there. Chef Arthur Potts-Dawson shares his very personal vision for drastically reducing restaurant, and supermarket, waste -- creating recycling, composting, sustainable engines for good (and good food).

Arthur Potts Dawson wants us to take responsibility not just for the food we eat, but how we shop for and even dispose of it. And he's showing the way -- with impeccable taste.

September 15, 2014

VIDEO: Johan Rockstrom: Let the environment guide our development


Human growth has strained the Earth's resources, but as Johan Rockstrom reminds us, our advances also give us the science to recognize this and change behavior. His research has found nine "planetary boundaries" that can guide us in protecting our planet's many overlapping ecosystems.

 Johan Rockström works to redefine sustainable development, and figure out what needs to happen.

September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Robert Hammond: Building a park in the sky

New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.

The co-founder of Friends of the High Line, Robert Hammond helped lead the effort to build an elevated park on an abandoned railway line in Manhattan.

September 1, 2014

VIDEO: Carlo Ratti: Architecture that senses and responds


 With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT's Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets -- like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away -- to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.

Carlo Ratti directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, which explores the "real-time city" by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment. He's opening a research center in Singapore as part of an MIT-led initiative on the Future of Urban Mobility.

August 25, 2014

VIDEO: Milstein Hall, designed by OMA, at Cornell University receives an Honor Award for Architecture


Milstein Hall is the first new building in more than 100 years for the renowned College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. Rather than designing a new freestanding building, Milstein Hall is an addition to the AAP buildings, creating a unified complex with continuous levels of interconnected indoor and outdoor spaces.

August 18, 2014

VIDEO: Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle


 The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.

Oxford's newest science ambassador Marcus du Sautoy is also author of The Times' Sexy Maths column. He'll take you footballing with prime numbers, whopping symmetry groups, higher dimensions and other brow-furrowers.

August 11, 2014

VIDEO: Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

 With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These structures are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

To promote smart water management, Anupam Mishra works to preserve rural India’s traditional rainwater harvesting techniques.