Sustainable Cities

Introducing The Power of Cities, a TED Theme

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an annual conference-holding entity, holding conferences on themes related to three areas of technology, entertainment, and design. It is owned by The Sapling Foundation, which aims to disseminate ideas and expert knowledge.

This story introduces one of several TED conference themes, The Power of Cities. Videos selected here address problems and issues of global cities through the concept of sustainability.

William McDonough: The wisdom of designing Cradle to Cradle (Link:

William McDonough is an internationally renowned designer and one of the primary proponents and shapers of what he and his partners call 'The Next Industrial Revolution.' He is a winner of three U.S. presidential awards, and is the founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, an international design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and planning in the U.S. and abroad. (

Alex Steffen: Inspired ideas for a sustainable future (Link:

Alex Steffen is cofounder of, a clearinghouse of information and inspiration dedicated to increasing sustainability and livability into the 21st century. (Webpage, Cities: Living Green by Living Urban

Jaime Lerner: Sing a song of sustainable cities (Link:

Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape. In this video, he remarks, 'City is not a problem, it's the solution.'

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