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TEDxUMNSalon - Steven Grootaert - Bringing the Rail System Back to the Forefront

Steven Grootaert recently graduated from the Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota, College of Design, where he also received a Masters in Architecture. His research focuses on the agency of architecture within rail transportation infrastructure, investigating how new archetypes can transform the way people interact with rail networks and how this unorthodox paradigm can emerge to influence other societal and cultural interactions. Steven's current research is analyzing the potential of mobile 'off grid' infrastructure solutions to provide energy and water services by addressing the needs of disaster relief efforts as a prototype. His interest is in examining how these systems could further extend the possibilities of mobile applications related to this new paradigm of rail infrastructure use.You may contact Steven through his website at http://www.grootaert.com/Unable to see the slides, or want to see them in greater detail? View them here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14310425/StevenGrootaert%20TEDxUMN%20Salon%20slides.pdfThe individuals involved with TEDxUMN have a passion for bringing together the great thinkers at the University of Minnesota and giving them the opportunity to share their ideas worth spreading and to discuss our shared future. We provide these great people the opportunity to share these ideas on a global stage and with an incredibly diverse audience. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.Check out TEDxUMN at http://www.TEDxUMN.com/In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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