Brandon Clifford: The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders
Brandon Clifford: I segreti architettonici delle meraviglie più antiche del mondo
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,
da ciò che costruiamo oggi,
but seemingly illogical ways,
ma apparentemente illogici,
della loro costruzione
have possibly built these things,
state costruite dagli uomini,
by a primordial race of giants
da una razza primordiale di giganti
with these monsters
for moving those massive stones.
su come muovere quelle enormi pietre.
Cyclops aren't even that strong.
i Ciclopi non sono poi così forti.
about getting material to work for them.
nel far lavorare i materiali per loro.
of large, stone-like, wobbly creatures
alle mie spalle, simili a pietre,
di questa collaborazione.
a mythical creature,
delle creature mitologiche,
that surround them,
i miti che le circondano,
there's this thick connective tissue
c'è uno spesso tessuto connettivo
first encountered the island,
moved those massive statues.
aver mosso quelle enormi statue.
non hanno mosso le statue,
but actually it's true.
ma in realtà è vera.
were transported standing,
vennero trasportate erette
for visitors today,
spettacolari per i visitatori di oggi,
stati presenti allora,
marching around the island.
che marciavano per l'isola.
was not the objects themselves,
non erano gli oggetti in sé,
of bringing a stone to life.
di far vivere la pietra.
I've been chasing that dream.
ho inseguito quel sogno.
to accommodate that mythical side?
la nostra idea di costruzione
is challenging myself
una serie di esibizioni,
pretty straightforward task
big heavy objects,
dei grandi oggetti pesanti,
designed to walk across land
pensato per camminare sulla terra
that springs itself to life
di quasi due tonnellate che prende vita
that by thinking of architecture
ma come un'esibizione
ways to build things today.
molto intelligenti per costruire oggi.
surrounding our future
del nostro futuro,
efficiency and speed.
efficienza e velocità.
can be smart, spectacular
possono essere intelligenti, spettacolari
how those ancient wonders were built,
sono state costruite queste meraviglie,
how to create the mystery
come creare il mistero
to ask that very question.
where we design buildings
in cui progettiamo edifici
how to create something
imparare a creare qualcosa
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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