Brandon Clifford: The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders
Brandon Clifford: Os segredos arquitectónicos das marabillas do mundo antigo
TED Fellow Brandon Clifford mines knowledge from the past to design new futures. Full bio
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from what we're doing today,
ó que facemos hoxe en día,
but seemingly illogical ways,
pero aparentemente ilóxicos,
have possibly built these things,
construír estas cousas,
by a primordial race of giants
por unha raza orixinal de xigantes
with these monsters
for moving those massive stones.
sobre como mover esas pedras inmensas.
Cyclops aren't even that strong.
tan sequera tan fortes.
about getting material to work for them.
que o material lles funcione.
of large, stone-like, wobbly creatures
de grandes criaturas de pedra abaneando
a mythical creature,
sexan criaturas mitolóxicas,
that surround them,
there's this thick connective tissue
hai un groso tecido conectivo
first encountered the island,
a atoparon por primeira vez,
moved those massive statues.
non moveron as estatuas,
but actually it's true.
pero é verdade.
were transported standing,
transportáronse de pé,
for visitors today,
para os turistas hoxe en día,
marching around the island.
was not the objects themselves,
non eran os obxectos propiamente,
of bringing a stone to life.
de darlle vida a unha pedra.
I've been chasing that dream.
to accommodate that mythical side?
construción para adaptar a parte mítica?
is challenging myself
retarme a mín mesmo
unha serie de representacións
pretty straightforward task
big heavy objects,
grandes obxectos pesados,
designed to walk across land
deseñado para camiñar
that springs itself to life
que cobra vida
that by thinking of architecture
senón coma unha obra
ways to build things today.
moi astutos de construír cousas hoxe.
surrounding our future
arredor do noso futuro
efficiency and speed.
a eficiencia e a velocidade.
can be smart, spectacular
how those ancient wonders were built,
se construíron esas marabillas antigas,
how to create the mystery
como crear o misterio
to ask that very question.
a preguntarse esa mesma cuestión.
where we design buildings
en que deseñamos edificios
how to create something
ABOUT THE SPEAKERBrandon Clifford - Ancient technology architect
TED Fellow Brandon Clifford mines knowledge from the past to design new futures.
Why you should listen
Brandon Clifford is best known for bringing megalithic sculptures to life to perform tasks. He is the director and cofounder of Matter Design, where his work focuses on advancing architectural research through spectacle and mysticism. He creates new ideas by critically evaluating ancient ways of thinking and experimenting with their value today. This work ranges from an award-winning play structure for kids to a colossal system of construction elements that can be guided into place with ease by mere mortals. He is dedicated to reimagining the role of the architect, and his speculative work continues to provoke new directions for design in the digital era.
Clifford is also an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His most recent authored work, The Cannibal's Cookbook, demonstrates his dedication to bringing ancient knowledge into contemporary practice with theatrical captivation. He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech. For his work as a designer and researcher, he has received recognition with prizes such as the American Academy in Rome Prize, the SOM Prize, the Design Biennial Boston Award and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers.
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