@LivingArchitect on @LondonRealTV

(I don’t know how the hell @LondonRealTV started following me, but thank god it did. I watched an episode before bed till 2am, and another at 10am once I woke up.)

“Time is a creative force that stops things from being irreversible The irreversibility of things is where creative opportunities lie.”

“Co-construct your future by bringing things together.”

“Science, technology and culture… work together… Attempting the unknown is creativity.”

“We should be very flexible about ‘what is a good idea?’.”

You would imagine that these quotes are from artists. In fact, they came from Dr Rachel Armstrong whose biography read as follows:

Rachel Armstrong is Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ that suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.

She might have a biography of stuffs, but listen to her speak – she is just someone who is not boxed into the idea of “who I am, what I do”. Lively, explains science in a way that I can actually understand on a Sunday morning, hopelessly optimistic and just a generally exciting person.

Watch the video: http://www.londonreal.tv/episodes/dr-rachel-armstrong-earths-bright-future/

Being humane: Duck video and the responses

I laughed so hard when I saw this video. I watched it 20 times, I laughed 20 times. Those ducklings were so cute!

But people said, “You are cruel! You shouldn’t laugh! They are in pain!”

They have a point but they missed another point – which I personally think is a better point – “When you fall down, just get up and keep walking.”

0:06-0:08, Mama duck saw the ducklings stumbling around and panicked. That’s humane.

0:22-0:27, one little fella rushed to its brother to check on him. That’s humane.

0:27-0:30, another little fella ran to his mum. That’s humane.

0:34, Mama duck shook her feather and kept walking, proudly; ducklings followed her footsteps. That… you don’t see a lot of human beings who even think of doing that, do you? (Instead, we fall and then complain how much it hurts, or too embarrassed to keep walking.)