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Bill Buxton delivering 45 of the most important minutes on design thinking and practice I’ve experienced in recent memory. This is a recording of a presentation from 2008 at IIT in Chicago. Buxton is a senior investigator at Microsoft Research and author of Sketching User Experience. This is NOT a “buy my book” talk that summarizes its points. Rather, it offers different and complementary information.

via notational & rafaelfajardo

The Walkable City: Urbanist Jeff Speck on cars, “gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device.”

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Flat-pack Futures: the insufficiently weird, bland corporate view of tomorrow

Cory Doctorow writes:

Scott Smith’s presentation “Beware of Flat-Pack Futures” is a stinging critique of the thoughtless corporate futurism that he delivered at Media Future Week in Almere, Netherlands. His “flat-pack futures” are the insufficiently weird, bland, like-today-only-moreso futures we see depicted all around us. He proposes a weirder, more textured, more contradictory future and a toolkit for thinking about it. It’s a whole hour, but it’s an hour very, very well spent.

And I’m with him. Worth a watch.

[via boingboing and beyond_the_beyond] [Media Future Week]

via futurescope:

(Source: futurescope, via emergentfutures)

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The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves. 

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Victor Zotov: “The basic principle of a good architect - do no harm”
The founder of the architectural bureau «ZOTOV & CO» lecture at the International Festival CANactions . In his view, the beauty of old buildings in their naturalness. Architecture should not spoil neither city nor country, nor future.

Victor Zotov: “The basic principle of a good architect - do no harm”


The founder of the architectural bureau «ZOTOV & CO» lecture at the International Festival CANactions . In his view, the beauty of old buildings in their naturalness. Architecture should not spoil neither city nor country, nor future.

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Jeanne Gang: Arrival City Urbanism - #LiveWork How do ecologies and technologies intersect in cities? What impact does architecture have on our communities? Jeanne Gang shows us how architects reimagine our cities and how we live in them.

via blah-city:

Stowe Boyd: Techno-utopianism is a dead end, and so is TED

Umair Haque suggests that ‘TED thinking’ — the sort that underlies the techno-utopianism behind the TED conference and much of the triumphalist ‘we can do anything’ discourse on the web — does an injustice to the power of ideas, and trivializes the issuse we are confronted with.

via stoweboyd:

(Source: blogs.hbr.org)

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SapientNitro iEX 2012 Malcolm Gladwell Keynote Speech

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Back to School… ”Architecture and its Future”, UN Studio’s Ben van Berkel at Bartlett School of Architecture. 

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Rem Koolhaas: “If you only preserve the beautiful, of course you distort history”. (28m)

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What Was Metabolism? Reflections on the Life of Kiyonori Kikutake - Toyo Ito

The Metabolist Movement in the 1960s established the foundation from which contemporary architecture in Japan has emerged up to the present. Even today, the visionary architectural and urban projects created by the leading Metabolist Kiyonori Kikutake continue to shine brightly, according to Toyo Ito. In this lecture, he will consider Metabolism’s significance today through his rereading of Kikutake’s works of that time.

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Back to School… Achim Menges - Material (In)Formation at USC School of Architecture

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Regional planning. Very sexy intro to how your living situation could be improved.

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Back to School: Peter Calthorpe at PennDesign - “Reflections on Urbanisms - New, Traditional, and Global”

via climateadaptation:

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Back to School: Bjarke Ingels gives a master class on innovative architecture+urbanism at Columbia.

“We were asked to look at making a new interpretation of ‘Vancouverism’”… @BjarkeIngels on #beachandhowe 

When you drive over Granville Bridge, it’s like drawing a curtain aside “Welcome to Vancouver” (12min) 

“In Vancouver, having a canopy over the street is like an urban umbrella” @BjarkeIngels on #beachandhowe

On behalf of BLAH CITY, welcome to Vancouver @BjarkeIngels and thank you to Westbank for your vision! #beachandhowe 

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Toyo Ito: A Conversation on Japanese Architecture