Brandon Clifford: The architectural secrets of the world's ancient wonders
Brandon Clifford: Siri za maajabu ya Usanifu Majengo ya dunia ya zamani
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,
na vile tunavyofanya leo,
hali ngumu kuelewa
but seemingly illogical ways,
have possibly built these things,
kujenga vitu hivi,
by a primordial race of giants
jamii ya majitu
with these monsters
for moving those massive stones.
za kuhamisha mawe hayo makubwa.
Cyclops aren't even that strong.
Cyclops hawana nguvu kivile,
about getting material to work for them.
kufanya vitu kufanya kazi kwa niaba yao.
of large, stone-like, wobbly creatures
za vitu vinavyobadilika vikubwa,kama mawe
a mythical creature,
vikawa ni viumbe vya kufikirika
that surround them,
there's this thick connective tissue
first encountered the island,
walipokifikia kwa mara ya kwanza kisiwa hiki,
moved those massive statues.
sanamu hizi kubwa
but actually it's true.
lakini ni kweli kabisa.
were transported standing,
zilihamishwa zikiwa zimesimama,
for visitors today,
marching around the island.
was not the objects themselves,
of bringing a stone to life.
wa kulifanya jiwe liwe hai.
I've been chasing that dream.
nimekuwa nakimbizana na ndoto hiyo.
to accommodate that mythical side?
ili kutoa nafasi ya dhana hii fikirishi
is challenging myself
ni kujipa changamoto mwenyewe
pretty straightforward task
yaliyo na jukumu la wazi kabisa
big heavy objects,
vitu vikubwa vizito,
designed to walk across land
lililosanifiwa kutembea ardhini
that springs itself to life
wa 4,000 linaloibuka likiwa hai
that by thinking of architecture
kuwaza kuhusu usanifu majengo
ways to build things today.
za kujenga hivi leo.
surrounding our future
kuhusu zsiku zetu za baadaye
efficiency and speed.
ufanisi na uharaka.
can be smart, spectacular
kuwa ya kijanja, mazuri sana
how those ancient wonders were built,
jinsi maajabu haya yalivyojengwa,
how to create the mystery
jinsi ya kuunda sintofahamu hii
to ask that very question.
kuuuliza swala lenyewe hasa.
where we design buildings
ambazo tunasanifu majengo
how to create something
jinsi ya kutengeneza kitu
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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