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VIDEOS: The best of TEDx Dublin

Reclaiming ghost estates, making city centres liveable places – and where inspiration come from: some thought-provoking videos from Dublin ideas forum.

GUERILLA GARDENING ON Irish ghost estates, how to make the city a great place to live long-term, making a public park to run alongside the river Liffey: these were some of the thought-provoking ideas aired at the TEDx talks in Dublin last month.

The Science Gallery on Pearse Street has now uploaded all of the talks on their Youtube channel for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Here are a few you should definitely click on:

Daniel Libeskind, architect of the new World Trade Center building, told how his work draws some inspiration from the modernising effect on language of James Joyce. (He also created a homage to James Joyce in Dublin which you might not be aware of – see around the 01:00 mark)

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

Artist Fergal McCarthy spoke about his love affair with the “neglected, forgotten, unloved” River Liffey – and his ideas for making it the beating heart of the city again:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube first revealed the work of the NAMA to Nature project, which hoped to inspire “guerilla gardening” on ghost estates, reclaiming them from their current position as an eyesore on the Irish landscape. Serena Brabazon, who thought up the idea with Andrew Legge, spoke about their motivation:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

Aoife McLysaght spoke about where scientists get their ideas – and it’s not always in the lab – and the inspirational story of one particular pioneer:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

Photographer Kevin Abosch – whose portraits of both well-known and ‘ordinary’ Irish people are familiar to anyone who has passed through Dublin Airport – had this interesting ten-minute talk on how life is based on grasping opportunities:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

Biochemist Luke O’Neill gave an energetic and passionate performance on how some governments are deterring the stream of new blood into science:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

Ali Grehan, Dublin’s City Architect, gave persuasive reasons for encouraging people to live long-term in Dublin’s city centre:

via TEDxTalks/Youtube

This is not by any means a definite list so do check out the full line-up here.

Read: Nama to Nature – Why we are planting trees on ghost estates>

See: This is Ireland… in 250 faces>

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