The emotional impact of architecture

Building better buildings. Investing in people that build them.

Architecture is more than a clever arrangement of bricks.

In this eloquent TED talk, Architect Michael Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they’re designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach that produces community as well as (beautiful) buildings.

“The question is not what is the cost of architecture, but what is the cost of not having architecture.”

Michael asks how buildings function and who they serve. Can we find new ways to tell the whole story of the architectural process, the people who build, and the communities and individuals who are affected by it?

Michael takes us on a tour of projects in countries such as Rwanda and Haiti, and reveals a moving, ambitious plan for The Memorial to Peace and Justice, which he hopes will heal hearts in the American South.

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