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Published on Dec 8, 2011
TEDxLAMiracleMile TEDxLA Howard J Brown The Invisible Design Revolution or... How Fabric Will Help Save the World Fabric As a Medium For Beauty October 22, 2011 In this talk, Howard Brown uses the field of fabrics to demonstrate how new scientific discoveries as well as developments in materials and design are enabling businesses to increase resource performance, or do better with less. He cites fabrics used for energy harvesting, others that deliver functionality like waterproofing without added mass, and lightweight fabrics strong enough to hold up bridges. He shows how biomimicry, 3D printing, nanotechnology, and other strategies are being used to increase the functionality of products while decreasing resource use.
In a world with 7 billion people and growing competition for available resources, economic success depends on delivering many more benefits to people with far fewer resources. Fabrics are just one area where an "invisible" design revolution is underway, one that will change how businesses use resources to deliver what their customers need. 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.