TEDxSalon 2011



Sustainability is the capacity to endure, the ability to be maintained. For us 21st century citizens it means responsibility in environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Twenty years after the United Nations came together to discuss environment and development for the first time, the Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development will take place in Brazil on June 20-22, 2012. TEDxBerlin will provide a stage for leading figures from the fields of politics, science, art and social entrepreneurship to speak about Rio+20's critical issues.... and much more.


  • Daniel Dendra
    Daniel Dendra

    In 2007 anOtherArchitect was founded by Daniel Dendra as a multidisciplinary platform for digital design with a focus on sustainable strategies, connections between virtual networks and real tectonics and urban design processes. Ever since aA has served as a cooperative platform for architects, artists, fashion designers, landscape architects, environmental specialists and structural engineers.

    Before founding aA Daniel Dendra was working at various design offices in London, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Rotterdam such as A.M.O. (Rem Koolhaas) and Zaha Hadid Architects.

    In 2008 Daniel was nominated for the International Chernikhov Prize. His work was widely exhibited at locations such as the Royal Academy Summer Show 2008 (London), the International Model Festival in Budapest in 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2009, Furnex Cairo 2009, Parametric Prototypes (Xian - China) 2009, +20 Cairo 2010 and the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.

    After leading a studio together with Dr. Jenny Lowe at Brighton University (UK) Daniel Dendra was appointed visiting professor at DIA (Dessau Institute of Architecture | Bauhaus Dessau) in 2007 where he is leading a design studio. Since 2010 Daniel has become a studio master of GREENlab together with Thomas Auer (Transsolar) at the Ecole Spéciale d ́Architecture in Paris (ESA Paris).

    In 2008 Daniel was curator of CANactions 2009 - a festival for young architects in Kiev, Ukraine.

    Daniel Dendra is a founding partners of the OpenSourceDesign Network: OpenSimSim.

    Website: | LinkedIn: Daniel Dendra

  • Erik Spiekermann
    Erik Spiekermann

    Erik Spiekermann is information architect, type designer and author of books and articles on type and typography. He was founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany's largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. Erik is board member of ATypI and the German Design Council and Past President of the ISTD, International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the IIID. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and is now a partner in Edenspiekermann with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London and San Francisco.

    Erik is also Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts in Bremen and in 2006 received an honorary doctorship from Pasadena Art Center.

    He was made an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in Britain (2007) and Ambassador for the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union for 2009.

    Twitter: @Erik_Spiekerman | LinkedIn: Erik Spiekermann


6.30pm - 7pm Registration
7pm - 9pm Session 1
Stephan Balzer Welcome
Daniel Dendra Open Japan
Marcin Jakubowski TED Video
Erik Spiekermann Das Unmittelbare und Unsichtbare im Design
JR TED Video




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