The universal building: Alexander D Hooghe at TEDxBrussels

Alexander D’Hooghe is associate professor in Architectural Urbanism at MIT. He conducts a research group called Platform for a Permanent Modernity. Alexander runs the Organisation for Permanent Modernity, an architecture and urban design firm seeking radical solutions to the crisis of urban sprawl by seeing a place for the monumental in urban design.

To this end they’ve been working on a massive landfill project in South Korea and a masterplan for the conversion of Rekjavik airport. Amid all this big thinking is a series of smaller Scala domestic and civic architecture projects in Belgium, including Police Stations, private villas, Fire Stations and a park. In this time of political and economic uncertainty, and in the face of social turmoil across Europe a new and ambitious vision for the urban landscape is sorely needed.

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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