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Xavier Vilalta:
Architecture at home in its community

TEDGlobal 2013 · 7:44 · Filmed Jun 2013
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Xavier Vilalta: Architecture at home in its community
7:44 · Filmed June 2013 at TEDGlobal 2013 · Subtitles available in 26 languages

When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy whose design had absolutely nothing to do with Africa. In this charming talk, Vilalta shows how he champions an alternative approach: to harness nature, reference design tradition and create beautiful, modern, iconic buildings fit for a community.

Architect and urbanist
Barcelona-based architect Xavier Vilalta works in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He adopts and updates traditional design principles to construct modern buildings that truly suit their environment. Full bio
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