TEDxCity2.0 day is today! All over the world, TEDxCity2.0 events are re-imagining the cities we live in and dreaming solutions for the cities of the future alongside TEDCity2.0 in New York.
Before the event, TED challenged organizers to remix the official TEDCity2.0 posters (made by design firm Kiss Me I’m Polish) to give them some local flavor — with really impressive results.
Below, five more stand-out posters from these events:
1. TEDxSkolkovo, Moscow, Skolkovo, Russia
Andrey Egorov, organizer: The skyscrapers represent new Moscow — Skolkovo has already become a part of Moscow — [while] the monument Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa is a part of Moscow’s past, representing the ideals of development. It was built for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris.
What are you doing tomorrow? If you are like us, you will be joining over 130 TEDxCity2.0 events all over the world — in places like London, Vancouver, Egypt, and Bolivia — in a global conversation about the city of the future.
What’s TEDxCity2.0, you ask? Well, deep in the heart of New York City, TED is throwing this big TEDCity2.0 event — a day-long tribute to the places (cities!) that, according to the UN, 70% of the world’s population will inhabit by 2050. At TEDCity2.0, over 20 speakers — experts in everything from architecture to transportation to sanitation — will share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions for urban innovation.
And while TED takes over New York, in 43 countries across the globe, local thinkers, doers, and changemakers will gather together in their own cities at TEDxCity2.0 events to watch TEDCity2.0 and envision the city of the future with TED.
Want to dream with them? Join big thinkers at a TEDxCity2.0 event near you, or chime in virtually by watching the TEDCity2.0 livestream for free at TED.com.
P.S. You can follow all the TEDxCity2.0 fun with our Twitter list of all the TEDxCity2.0 events, and by following the hashtags #TEDxCity and #TEDxCity2 on Twitter and Instagram!
(Photo via the TED Blog)
This Friday, TED is throwing this big TEDCity2.0 event in New York -- looking at the past, present and future of cities. For our Editor’s Picks this week, we’re hosting our own tribute to urban innovation with four talks that explore some of the big questions facing our cities today. Each speaker has worked on a challenge unique to their community, and their solutions may surprise you — from houses that float in Boston Harbor to streetlights home to carbon dioxide-sucking microalgae. Here’s how they’re shaping the city of the future:
Turning urban youth into global citizens: Angela Jackson at TEDxProvidence
Angela Jackson saw the lack of opportunities for New York’s most disadvantaged children and knew she had to help improve the quality of public education. The Global Language Project gives students the chance to become proficient in a foreign language, equipping them with useful skills, broader cultural horizons and the chance for a better future.
Glowing streetlamps that absorb CO2 with algae: Pierre Calleja at TEDxLausanneChange
French biochemist Pierre Calleja has invented a streetlamp which doubles as a habitat for microalgae that consume carbon dioxide. In fact, microalgae are responsible for producing half the oxygen in our atmosphere. These beautiful lights are not only practical, but this symbiotic technology could help in the fight against rising carbon emissions and climate change.
Pop-up houses improve South African slums: Andreas Keller at TEDxWWF
Andreas Keller set out to improve the appalling conditions of South Africa’s slums. With effective insulation, proper ventilation, and solar power replacing dirty fuels, iShacks provide a much healthier and safer temporary accommodation for some of the poorest urban citizens in South Africa. And, the program helps locals get involved in the design and management of their neighborhoods.
Floating neighborhoods reimagine coastal living: Brian Healy at TEDxBoston
Sea levels are rising, and coastal homes are now at risk of flooding. Architect Brian Healy thinks we can avoid disaster by building our houses right on top of the water — an idea so crazy he thinks it just might work. He shows off his designs for floating residential complexes built out of lightweight concrete tubes. With communal living spaces and even wetland courtyards, neglected city harbors could become lovely places to live