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Human beings have made enormous changes to Earth, reshaping it, developing it and generally altering it so much that in many cases its pre-human condition has become unrecognizable. In this far-ranging conversation, ecologist Erle Ellis and landscape architect Bradley Cantrell discuss what this means for ecology and architecture … and how we might think about protecting our planet.

Get an inside look at the design process behind Fuji Kindergarten, a school where trees grow through classrooms and the roof is another place to play.

Tverrfjellhytta reindeer pavilion in Hjerkinn, Norway. A hiking trail leads to a spectacular site overlooking the Dovrefjell mountain range in central Norway, home to some of the last remaining wild reindeer herds in Europe. A sinewy pavilion designed by Snøhetta invites visitors to warm themselves while observing the animals. The structure is an exercise in material contrast -- a rigid outer shell of raw steel and
glass houses a soft wooden core shaped like the
nearby rocks, which have been eroded by winds
and running water for centuries. Photo by diephotodesigner, courtesy of Snøhetta.

In this gallery of gorgeous photographs, architect Marc Kushner shares his selection of 10 of the most innovative buildings of today and tomorrow, including a reindeer viewing station, an inflatable concert hall, and a very clever housing complex.

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As Facebook’s director of product design, Margaret Gould Stewart has to keep a billion customers happy. See the design books and articles that guide her.

David Kelley: What I can't live without | ideas.ted.com

Design icon David Kelley shares the everyday objects he loves.

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As the Cooper Hewitt opens its doors after a three-year renovation, we take a look at what the curators have put together — including an exhibit put together by Maira Kalman and technology from Local Projects.

Ayse Birsel: What I can't live without | ideas.ted.com

Designer Ayse Birsel shares the everyday objects she loves.