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Bob Berkebile

Failure

PRESENTED ON MAY 01, 2009
IN SAN FRANCISCO @ VOL 33

How could a man witness the fatal failure of a bridge in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which killed 114 people, designed by his own firm, and then become one of the founders of the US Green Building Council, and have a profound impact on how our buildings impact the entire planet? The theme for this presentation is "failure."

In April 2009, this was a theme everyone was confronting in one way or another. Bob Berkebile came to this event fully aware of how failures -- some his own, others he merely witnessed -- have the potential to shape lives for the better. During the course of his 20 slides, he expresses in a very uniquely personal way the mindset and imagination necessary to see failures as the opportunities for insight that they can be.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 19, 2013.

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Oblique Metaphors for Disaster

BY JON LANGFORD
@ VOL 12 ON DEC 01, 2009

Jon Langford sings about Wales for Haiti. Take it away John - in the finest PechaKucha tradition, the presentation has its own mini beer break! Jon Langford

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Heroic Failure

BY TOM LLOYD
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 23, 2011

Tom Lloyd is a designer, but also a thinker. In his presentation, Tom thinks about how objects, architecture, and stories are constructed; how we get from point A to point B. He speaks on the concept of "heroic failures", and asks why certain failures are looked back on with an air of love and wistfulness -- failures like the AMC DeLorean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the rickety bridge trope -- when other failures are simply abject.

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The Future of Building

BY JAMES THOMSON
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 30, 2011

What is the future of building? James takes a shot at describing the next fifty years of architecture. For him, the spaces where we live will be truly personalized and individualized to best fit each person. (in English)

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Crofton & Benjamin Architects

BY LEON CONRADIE
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 23, 2012

Leon Conradie is an experienced architectural academic, who is doing his Masters Research on "The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects: 1955 -1964." Crofton & Benjamin Architects were prolific in the 50s and 60s on beachfront developments, and have designed many iconic Durban buildings, each with an Art Deco style. In his presentation, Leon gives us a tour of these buildings, and points out their unique quirks. (in English)

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Green Buildings

BY MARK DYTHAM
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Presented as part of a themed's special event that revolved around the color "green," Klein Dytham architecture's Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham share some of their favorite green buildings -- and by this, we mean buildings colored green!

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Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

BY KATE GARMEY
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

Kate Garmey is a self-proclaimed expert in the area of "bad ideas." She goes through a laundry list of her trials and triumphs, and discusses how she came to work at Table XI. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 22, 2013.

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Fail Forward

BY ASHLEY GOOD
@ VOL 25 ON SEP 20, 2013

Failure is sticky. It’s well known that people learn better from stories of failure than stories of success, yet failure is rarely discussed. Instead of treating projects and ideas that previously failed as a massive repository of R&D knowledge, these invaluable stories are often never told or actively swept under the rug.

But change is afoot! Failure, or rather, failing intelligently is becoming an essential skill in the rapidly changing world we live in. Organizations and individuals are increasingly relying on methods of transforming failures into new and effective ways of solving our most important and complex challenges – catalyzing overdue, or otherwise needed change.

Ashley Good will take her 20x20 to get the audience thinking about what’s possible if we reframe our failures, what holds us back from maximizing our learning, and what it means to fail intelligently.  

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Kevin Byrd's Failures

BY KEVIN BYRD
@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

In this hilarious presentation, Kevin Byrd, shows us some of his ideas that did not work out. One was a photo-sticker art project, another was a new T-shirt design. He also tried his luck as a DJ and a dancer. Watch to see what happened with these and more.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 25, 2014.

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Materials Innovation through Failure

BY MIKE MOORE
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 20, 2013

Mike Moore of Tres Bird Workshop, talks about his approach to architecture and design through "making": a process that allows him to fail and continually improve on his work. He shows this process in action through his past and recent projects and how it has transfromed his work into innovative and environmentally conscious architectural design. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 15, 2014.