With TED’s annual spring conference having drawn to a close just a week ago, we thought we’d take this opportunity to provide a short guide to our favourite talks at Ted.com

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The annual TED conferences, held twice a year in Palm Springs and Edinburgh, bring together a host of thinkers and doers from across the world and challenge them to give the talk of their lives – in just 18 minutes or less. A selection of these talks and performances are then made availble for free at TED.com.

For an choice of inspiring talks on landscape, architecture, environment, design and more, look no further than the shortlost below:

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture
How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature, according to architect Michael Pawlyn, as he describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. His Sahara Forest Project recently won major funding too.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting suburbia
Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years’ big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia. She envisions dying malls rehabilitated, dead “big box” stores re-inhabited and parking lots transformed into thriving wetlands.

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift
Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: walking tadpoles, texting “fish,” planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Catherine Mohr builds green
Catherine Mohr walks through all the decisions she made when building a green new house – looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? It’s not the ones you think, says Mohr.

Mitchell Joachim: Don’t build your home, grow it!
TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and even, meat.

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture
Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. For more information, visit www.ted.com

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