A Trio of TED Talks

John Hill
19. April 2019
Screenshot from Yvonne van Amerongen's talk on the "dementia village" that's redefining elder care

What began as a small conference in Monterey, California, in 1984 is now made up of two main annual events — TED and TEDWomen — and numerous other talks, conferences, and events. Here we highlight a few architecture-related talks recently posted to TED's YouTube page.

An architect's subversive reimagining of the US-Mexico border wall

December 2018 talk by Ronald Rael at TED Salon: Belonging

"What is a border? It's a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a moving, visual talk, Rael reimagines the physical barrier that divides the United States and Mexico -- sharing satirical, serious works of art inspired by the borderlands and showing us the border we don't see in the news. 'There are not two sides defined by a wall. This is one landscape, divided,' Rael says."

How I'm making bricks out of ashes and rubble in Gaza

November 2018 talk by Majd Mashharawi at TEDWomen 2018

"Majd Mashharawi was walking through her war-torn neighborhood in Gaza when an idea flashed in her mind: What if she could take the rubble and transform it into building materials? See how she designed a brick made out of ashes that's helping people rebuild their homes -- and learn about her new project: bringing solar-powered energy to families living in darkness."

The "dementia village" that's redefining elder care

November 2018 talk by Yvonne van Amerongen at TEDWomen 2018

"How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance? The answer seems obvious now, but when Yvonne van Amerongen helped develop the groundbreaking Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam 25 years ago, it was seen as a risky break from tradition. Journey with van Amerongen to Hogeweyk and get a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like."

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