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Architecture For The Rest Of Us

Architects and designers have long experimented with solutions to social and environmental issues, from early prefab houses to green buildings. Now, a growing movement among design professionals aims to take those principles further. Public interest design emphasizes a "triple bottom line" that incorporates ecological, economic and social issues in the planning process. We speak to professionals in the field who'd like to see the trend grow.

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Several TED fellows and speakers have used their talks to explore where art and design intersect with service and function. They say architecture, and smart policy, can make life easier for many and enhance the public good.

Tim Brown urges designers to play a bigger role rather than just create nifty, fashionable little objects. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking" that digs deeper than the surface.

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The Politics Hour - October 28, 2016

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