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TED Talk: How To Build a Resilient Future
Using Ancient 
Wisdom 

Date: June 2020

Location: New York, USA

Project Team: Julia Watson

Client: TED

Julia Watson's seminal TED Talk introduced viewers to resilient, ancient solutions, showing how they can teach us to design with nature, instead of against it. 

In a world where high-tech solutions are practically synonymous with development, Watson has taken a contrarian approach. The New York-based designer has spent a good part of her career traveling to Indigenous communities in the most remote parts of the world — from Benin to Iraq — to study how we can apply their innovations to our planet’s contemporary environmental problems.

As the world races to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the most extreme consequences of climate change, Watson believes we can look to ancient wisdom to help us design more sustainable infrastructure without exploiting nature.

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