Architectural inspiration

Master architects share their vision for buildings that inflate, float, twist and glitter, while artfully addressing the challenges faced by their residents, their cities and the planet.

  1. 16:52
    Thomas Heatherwick Building the Seed Cathedral

    A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station ... And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

  2. 18:14
    Bjarke Ingels 3 warp-speed architecture tales

    Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature — they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy — and creating stunning views.

  3. 12:06
    Liz Diller A new museum wing ... in a giant bubble

    How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of imagining a welcoming, lighthearted — even, dare we say it, sexy — addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

  4. 19:58
    Joshua Prince-Ramus Behind the design of Seattle's library

    Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus takes the audience on dazzling, dizzying virtual tours of three recent projects: the Central Library in Seattle, the Museum Plaza in Louisville and the Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas.

  5. 23:34
    Cameron Sinclair My wish: A call for open-source architecture

    Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.

  6. 11:43
    Magnus Larsson Turning dunes into architecture

    Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

  7. 9:51
    Julian Treasure Why architects need to use their ears

    Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

  8. 44:38
    Frank Gehry My days as a young rebel

    Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk.

  9. 8:59
    Doris Kim Sung Metal that breathes

    Modern buildings with floor-to-ceiling windows give spectacular views, but they require a lot of energy to cool. Doris Kim Sung works with thermo-bimetals, smart materials that act more like human skin, dynamically and responsively, and can shade a room from sun and self-ventilate.