Beth Tauke at TEDx UniversityatBuffalo: Body = Design Site


Published May 3, 2013

Beth Tauke, associate professor of architecture and associate dean for academic affairs, presented a “TED Talk” as part of the recent TEDx event held at the University at Buffalo. In "Body = Design Site," Professor Tauke introduces a paradigm with the human body as the most important site for design in the 21st century. Her presentation discusses innovations both external and internal to the body, including medical technology, communication and entertainment.

Professor Tauke is affiliated with the Center for Inclusive Design & Environmental Access (IDEA), the leading research center on inclusive design in the built environment in the U.S. where she studies sensory issues in the built environment. She is the co-founder and editor of Universal Design Education Online, the primary website for UD education. She co-edited Universal Design: New York with Dr. G. Scott Danford, and is currently working on two books-- one on diversity in design and another on inclusive and sensory issues in housing. Professor Tauke's talk will address the human body as an important site for design in the 21st century.

“The Health of a Society” is the theme for the first TEDxUniversityatBuffalo, UB’s version of the worldwide TEDx program devoted to bringing people together to engage in the TED philosophy of promoting “ideas worth sharing.” Eight UB faculty and staff members from a variety of disciplines gave 18-minute talks about the current state of the health of the nation, and what the future holds in these areas.

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.