Architects need to answer the changing needs of society and to create buildings that provide the best conditions possible in which we can prosper.
Using architecture to benefit human health on multiple levels is not a luxury. It is one of the most important things architects can contribute.
Ben van Berkel is the architect behind a number of iconic buildings: the famous Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, and the Centraal Station in Arnhem, for example. Based in Amsterdam, he currently holds the Kenzo Tange Chair at Harvard University and focuses his teaching and research on investigations into health – from urban concerns to policy making and from technology to neuroscience. Health impacts an increasingly broad range of contemporary life. However, until very recently it has never been seen as a primary design concern within the field of architecture. WIth this talk, this will all change.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
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