Brandon Clifford: The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders
Brandon Clifford: Os segredos arquitetónicos das antigas maravilhas do mundo
TED Fellow Brandon Clifford mines knowledge from the past to design new futures. Full bio
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como maravilhas no futuro?
from what we're doing today,
do que estamos a fazer hoje em dia,
but seemingly illogical ways,
mas aparentemente ilógica,
have possibly built these things,
tenham conseguido construir estas coisas,
as pessoas que as fizeram.
by a primordial race of giants
por uma raça primordial de gigantes
with these monsters
for moving those massive stones.
para a movimentação destas pedras enormes.
Cyclops aren't even that strong.
nem sequer são assim tão fortes.
about getting material to work for them.
que o material trabalhe por eles.
of large, stone-like, wobbly creatures
de enormes criaturas trémulas, de pedra,
a mythical creature,
that surround them,
os mitos que as rodeiam,
there's this thick connective tissue
há um tecido conjuntivo espesso
first encountered the island,
encontraram a ilha,
moved those massive statues.
tinham conseguido mover
não moveram as estátuas
andaram por si mesmas."
but actually it's true.
mas, de facto, é verdade.
were transported standing,
foram transportadas em pé,
sejam hoje para os visitantes,
for visitors today,
estar ali, nessa altura,
marching around the island.
de uma ponta à outra da ilha.
was not the objects themselves,
não eram os objetos em si mesmos,
of bringing a stone to life.
de dar vida a uma pedra.
I've been chasing that dream.
tenho andado atrás desse sonho.
to accommodate that mythical side?
para conciliar esse aspeto mítico?
is challenging myself
pretty straightforward task
big heavy objects,
designed to walk across land
concebido para andar
that springs itself to life
que ganha vida de um salto,
that by thinking of architecture
que, ao pensar na arquitetura
mas como uma "performance",
ways to build things today.
formas inteligentes de construir coisas.
surrounding our future
sobre o nosso futuro
na eficiência e na velocidade.
efficiency and speed.
com os Ciclopes,
can be smart, spectacular
podem ser inteligentes,
how those ancient wonders were built,
estas antigas maravilhas,
how to create the mystery
como criar o mistério
to ask that very question.
a fazer essa mesma pergunta.
where we design buildings
em que concebemos edifícios
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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