Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Iwan Baan on the unexpected in his travels as an architectural photographer and documenter. Image via TED Talk on YouTube

The 20 Most Inspiring TED Talks for Architects

Iwan Baan on the unexpected in his travels as an architectural photographer and documenter. Image via TED Talk on YouTube

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

Designer Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of WikiHouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards | Video on TED.com His team learned a hard lesson about designing the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world. Important to design for real-world use, rather than accolades.

Timothy Prestero: Design for people, not awards | Video on TED.com His team learned a hard lesson about designing the perfect incubator for newborns in the developing world. Important to design for real-world use, rather than accolades.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature -- they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy -- and creating stunning views.

An absolute must see about creating a real energy efficient building by simply making an energy calculation TED2010

An absolute must see about creating a real energy efficient building by simply making an energy calculation TED2010

JULIAN TREASURE: 5 WAYS TO LISTEN BETTER. In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.    Julian Treasure studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

JULIAN TREASURE: 5 WAYS TO LISTEN BETTER. In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you. Julian Treasure studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it.

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen | TED Talk | TED.com http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen?language=en

Hans Rosling: The best stats you've ever seen | TED Talk | TED.com http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen?language=en

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