Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process

If there’s any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis. The more complex the problem, the more the need for simplicity. So allow me to share three cases where we tried to apply design’s power of synthesis. Let’s start with the global challenge of urbanization. It’s a fact that people are moving towards cities. […]

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Depression and spiritual awakening — two sides of one door | Lisa Miller | TEDxTeachersCollege

Translator: Katelyn Nicholson Reviewer: Nadine Hennig In the dark of the night, 4 a.m., I look over and my husband’s not there. I look further, and I find him flat on his back, looking at the ceiling, arms out. “Our lives are hollow and meaningless without children.” It had been two-and-a-half years of hopes and […]

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Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDxUMKC

Translator: Mika Fukasawa Reviewer: Maria K. Good evening. One of the things I love about visiting indigenous cultures is it lets me step back in time and see how we all lived centuries ago. In doing that, I’ve noticed so many things, things that we’ve gained and things that we’ve lost. One of the things […]

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Secular Community: Greg Epstein at TEDxCambridge 2011

Secular Community: Greg Epstein at TEDxCambridge 2011

Translator: Leonardo Silva Reviewer: Tijana Mihajlović So, I’m really glad to be part of this “We” session because, like it or not, for secularists like me, the most powerful form of connection to other people and to a community throughout human history has been religion. Now, I am one of these people who human rights […]

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Phil Borges: Documenting our endangered cultures

Phil Borges: Documenting our endangered cultures

A fact came out of MIT, couple of years ago. Ken Hale, who’s a linguist, said that of the 6,000 languages spoken on Earth right now, 3,000 aren’t spoken by the children. So that in one generation, we’re going to halve our cultural diversity. He went on to say that every two weeks, an elder […]

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How respecting cultural heritage validates immigrant students | Gonzalo Salazar

How respecting cultural heritage validates immigrant students | Gonzalo Salazar

I was 6 years old when I first enrolled in a U.S. school in the Rio Grande Valley. The classroom setup at my new school was different than the one I attended in Mexico. The truth is, everything I once knew was different. Instead of sitting in groups around a table, we sat in rows […]

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Inside the ant colony – Deborah M. Gordon

Inside the ant colony – Deborah M. Gordon

Think about all the things that need to happen for a human settlement to thrive: obtaining food, building shelter, raising children and more. There needs to be a way to divide resources, organize major efforts and distribute labor efficiently. Now imagine having to do this without any sort of planning or higher level communication. Welcome […]

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Creating ethical cultures in business: Brooke Deterline at TEDxPresidio

Creating ethical cultures in business: Brooke Deterline at TEDxPresidio

Translator: Ilze Garda Reviewer: Maricene Crus So I got an e-mail last week from the conference organizer; it said, “Good news! You’re going after Van Jones.” (Laughter) I thought, “In whose alternate universe is it a good thing to follow Van?” (Laughter) And then I remembered I’m here to talk about courage: our ability to […]

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Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community

My work focuses on the connection of both thinking about our community life being part of the environment where architecture grows from the natural local conditions and traditions. Today I brought two recent projects as an example of this. Both projects are in emerging countries, one in Ethiopia and another one in Tunisia. And also […]

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