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James
McBennett

Background music: Lucky Chops playing Funky Town (1980) in the NYC subway with brass instruments.

I currently live in Denton, TX 🐎🤠🎓. I have previously lived in Baltimore🔵🦀, New York City🥯🍕, Nashville🔥🍗, Dublin🇮🇪☘️🍺, London🎡💂, Copenhagen🇩🇰🚴, Rotterdam🇳🇱🚴🏻‍♀️, and Riyadh🔆🐫.


In college, I studied architecture 🛖🏠🏩🏯🏰🏫🏠🛖 defined as the “physical manifestation of a society’s aspirations” by Professor Rahul Mehrotra. My interests include multi-modal cities 🏢🚶🚴🚉🚌🚕🚗, automation, optimization, and performance 🖥️⏬🔋, digital fabrication and CNC🪓🤖🪑, complex geometry🤓📐, extreme environments🥶🥵, and iterative prototyping 🔁🥼. After my undergrad, I spent some time in the design firms of KPF, JDS and OMA. I’ve created online classes for HackadayU on introduction to computational geometry 📦🫖 and advanced computational geometry 🖥️🧠📐.


I currently teach at the Institute of Advanced Architecture Catalonia in Barcelona where I also completed a Masters 🎓 in Advanced Computation 🧮💻🔢 for Architecture and Design 🥘🇪🇸. My thesis focused on graph machine learning, rhino.compute and three.js. I am currently improving my skills in Houdini, Unity, and Unreal that I first used on my MaCAD Complex Forming project on Multi-Frame Swarms.

Web Graph Machine Learning (2023), IAAC MaCAD Thesis with Ren Rainville
Mine(Us) Plus (2023) with Ren Rainville and Raghad Hammour on our process of spider-like hexapod robots that arrive on Mars years before human settlement carving out material below the Martian ground surface immediately followed by 3D printing that material above ground.

Multi-Frame Swarms (2022) – Testing SubD mesh constraint in Houdini3D


Multi-Frame Swarms (2022) – Creating roof geometry using swarm trails from Houdini3D

Work (recent) 💽

Work (old) 📼


I love to learn new things through short online courses that range from “the influence of superheroes 🦸🏻‍♀️🥷🦸🏽‍♂️🦸‍♂🦹‍♀️ on pop culture” to “cooking using physics 🍳🔥”. Here is a final-project video that I submitted for CS50, a popular Introduction to Computer Science course. My favorite audiobooks 🎧📘 to listen to are about behavioral economics 🤪📈. My latest sourdough starter 🍞 is called Scrappy.


I am married to Carey 👸🏼. We record youtube 📽️ videos when we travel 🛵. I try to run 🎽 or swim 🏊🏻‍♂️ daily several times a week.


📸🐈 Instagram @jamesmcbennett
🤪💬 Twitter @mcbennett
📄📊 LinkedIn @mcbennett
👉🧠 Creative Mornings @mcbennett


My favorite TED Talks 💡💬

There was once a time when I had watched every TED talk on the internet. The first TED talk that I listened to was Joshua Prince-Ramus presenting the work of OMA. TED massively expanded their library with TEDx in 2009. I launched TEDxGoodenoughCollege’s first ever event in 2011 and later helped TEDxDublin and TEDxLondon run some large events for 1000+ attendees. I was one of the first ever finalists for TED’s open call to speak on their main stage alongside Reggie Watts (who won), Joe Sabia, Cesar Kuriyama, and Joshua Walters who all shared their unique and deeply fascinating stories that night.

Favorites From TED

Cities, Architecture, and Infrastructure

Technology

Craig Venter
Craig Venter
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Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly
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Nicholas Negroponte
Nicholas Negroponte
One Laptop Per Child
Ray Kurzweil
Ray Kurzweil
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Jeff Han
Jeff Han
Demos his breakthrough touchscreen
Saul Griffith
Saul Griffith
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Juan Enriquez
Juan Enriquez
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Neil Gershenfeld
Neil Gershenfeld
On Fab Labs
Christopher
Christopher “moot” Poole
The case for anonymity online
Blaise Aguera y Arcas
Blaise Aguera y Arcas
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Anand Agarawala
Anand Agarawala
Demos Bump Top
William Kamkwamba
William Kamkwamba
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Hod Lipson
Hod Lipson
Builds “self-aware” robots
Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee
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Ed Ulbrich
Ed Ulbrich
How Benjamin Button got his face
Shai Agassi
Shai Agassi
Bold plan for electric cars
Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Sergey Brin and Larry Page
On Google
Pattie Maes
Pattie Maes
Demo SixthSense
Deb Roy
Deb Roy
The birth of a word
Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen
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Johnny Lee
Johnny Lee
Demos Wii Remote hacks
Zach Kaplan
Zach Kaplan
Demo toys from the future
Philip Rosedale
Philip Rosedale
On Second Life
David Merrill
David Merrill
Demos Siftables
Pranav Mistry
Pranav Mistry
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Art & Design

Education

Food

Ideas

Business, Social Business & Marketing

Media and Entertainment

Explorers

Wade Davis
Wade Davis
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Lewis Pugh
Lewis Pugh
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School of Life 🧬 videos on philosophy

Greek & Roman Philosophers

History

Modern Philosophy

Asian Philosophy

Political Thought

Writers

Artists

Design files 💾 for my 2013 Kickstarter: This Stool Rocks

Imperial .3dm .dxf .ai .pdf

Metric .3dm .dxf .ai .pdf