Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra is a wonderful class by Prof. Erik Demaine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is fully documented on the website of the MIT with course notes and video. Here is a list of all his classes:

Erik Demaine

Other classes include Advanced Data Structures:


Janine Benyus: 12 sustainable design ideas from nature

Michael Pawlyn: Using nature’s genius in architecture

A lecture on Biomimicry in architecture. Michael describes Architectural projects and close loops systems inspired by nature such as the Eden Project, Cardboard to Caviar, the Moebius Project…

Michael Hansmeyer: Building unimaginable shapes

Inspired by cell division, Michael Hansmeyer writes algorithms that design outrageously fascinating shapes and forms with millions of facets. No person could draft them by hand, but they’re buildable — and they could revolutionize the way we think of architectural form.

John Cleese: A lecture on creativity

Roger Scruton: Why beauty matters

Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives. In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert.

Lars Spuybroek

The talk starts at the 10 minute mark, if you’re curious.

What is Space?

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