Reshaping Engineering – Sustainability in Bridge Architecture: Thorsten Helbig at TEDxStuttgart

The building sector worldwide uses nearly 50% of all natural resources and is responsible for a third of CO2 emissions and energy consumption. Over the last decades, Germany’s leadership in sustainable architecture has been internationally recognized.

Most optimization strategies focus on minimizing a building’s energy consumption — such as designing façade systems which ensure maximum thermal efficiency. Unfortunately, these technically effective solutions are hardly perceptible for non-specialists.

To enhance the public’s awareness, we need iconographic buildings that visibly express sustainability in architecture engineering. Rethinking the design of infrastructure such as bridges could start a fruitful debate. Thorsten describes an initiative to create new types of bridges made of the oldest material used in manmade structures: wood. This research project, supported by the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Baden-Wuerttemberg, aims for both a highly sustainable approach and a unique contemporary bridge architecture.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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