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TEDxMillCity - Philip Enquist - Imagine There Are No Borders

TEDxMillCity is an exploration of creative methods that help today's leaders gain perspective and inspire change.Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, shares a powerful and timely vision for the future of the Great Lakes.Since joining SOM in 1981, Mr. Enquist has focused his work towards strengthening the physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure of cities. In his work, he strives to create the underlying structure for humane and rational habitats, workplaces, open spaces and agricultural areas on a rapidly urbanizing planet.In October of last year, the Chicago and China offices of SOM were named the winner of an international design competition to expand the Beijing Central Business District. The SOM plan calls for three new districts anchored by signature parks and green boulevards, providing a framework that will enable China's capital city to grow as a global center for commerce, yet be a green and ecological setting for healthy life.Over the last two decades, Mr. Enquist has directed development and redevelopment initiatives for college campuses, existing city neighborhoods, new cities, rural districts, downtown commercial centers, port areas and in the case of Bahrain, master-planning an entire nation.During his career, Mr. Enquist has collaborated closely with a wide cross-section of significant governmental and private planning entities. These include the cities of Shanghai, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and Orlando, Harvard University, Bowdoin College, the Kingdom of Bahrain and others. A key to Mr. Enquist's work is his belief that long-term planning on urban, regional, and even national scales are both necessary and possible for the creation of a culture and ethic of sustainable development.About TEDx, x = independently organized event 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.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK. TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.
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