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PublicInterestDesign: "Architecture for the people, by the people"

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"One of our absolute favorite talks from TED2013 in Long Beach, earlier this year, was by UK architect Alastair Parvin, co-founder of WikiHouse. His talk, titled 'Architecture for the people, by the people', was among the first to earn a standing ovation at this year’s TED, and you need only watch it to understand why.

"It is one of the most compelling cases for returning design to its rightful place in the public domain. And we simply can’t recommend it highly enough:
"This is the paradox for architecture: As a society, we’ve never needed design thinking more, and yet architecture is literally becoming unemployed. It strikes me that we talk very deeply about design, but actually there’s an economics behind architecture that we don’t talk about, and I think we need to…

The uncomfortable fact is that actually almost everything that we call architecture today is the business of designing for the richest one percent of the world’s population."

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