This video features an interview with Rachel Armstrong, Futurist architect, Senior TED Fellow and Co-Director, AVATAR.

Rachel explains the difference between traditional traditional architecture, which uses inert materials such as concrete and glass, and living architecture which places more emphasis on growth, movement and even self-repairing materials. She speculates on what our homes may look like, and be made from, in the future with the use of materials which may be able to change shape of filter out pollution.

Rachel also details her work as Lead for Project Persephone, part of the Icarus Interstellar group's work. The project aim is to catalyse the construction of an crude interstellar craft within 100 years.

In May 2013 Rachel spoke at Nesta's Hot Topics event on new materials. For more on this event visit

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