TEDxDelftSalon: Fifty Shades of Concrete

Recording: TEDxDelftSalon: Fifty Shades of Concrete

Welcome to the TEDxDelftSalon: small, monthly events that will take place in the HIVE room at TU Delft Library. One TED talk, one live speaker and a discussion afterwards.

TEDxDelftSalon will take place during lunchtime (lunch will be provided) from 12.30 until 13.30. All talks will be in English and you can sign up on Facebook.

Fifty Shades of Concrete

Well-designed structures interact with their surroundings: they can enter into a dialogue with the natural light, stand out as a landmark and shape the landscape or become part of it. As for concrete structures, we typically associate these with grey buildings from the second half of the 20th century, or the monotonous bridges in the highway network – concrete offered a cheap solution for the housing and transportation needs of the increasing population.

However, concrete has much more to offer. By changing the ingredients for making concrete, a multitude of possibilities for the designer are created. By improving the original components, the environmental impact of building with concrete can be reduced. Because concrete is fluid upon mixing, creating patterns and shapes is a possibility – you can even create a façade with pictures that will transform your view of concrete!