Michal Ziso is a visionary architect, entrepreneur, innovation consultant and futurist focusing on human centered design with over a decade and a half of international experience leading innovative large scale projects.
Michal Ziso is a two time TEDx speaker (TEDxISU International Space University, Strasbourg, France + TEDxJaffaWomen, Tel Aviv, Israel), frequent lecturer and mentor at academic institutions, organizations and creative tech companies such as ISA – Israeli Space Agency, Ramon Foundation, UNOOSA, Explore Mars, Parsons School of Design, Wix and more. She’s a graduate of the Architecture & Urban Planning Faculty at the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology and the Politecnico di Milano, and is an ISU (International Space University) Space Studies Program Alumni.
With a mission to create a built environment in space and on earth that fits the needs of its diverse users to ensure not only a surviving but thriving human society, Michal is actively raising awareness for gender and human equality through work with international organizations such as Global Citizen, UN Women, UN SDG global and SDG Israel. ZISO was chosen to be part of the 10 top global initiatives fighting for gender equality by the UN SDG Action Campaign of 2019.
As a mentor to young individuals, especially young women, at various forums such as UNOOSA Space4Women, ProWoman organization and ISE (Israel Startup Experience), Michal promotes courageous creative thinking, innovation through extreme conditions and encourages all to become passionate change agents.
We go through life being immensely influenced by our built environment yet never stop to ask if it could be better suited for us and our very personal needs
In today’s fiercely competitive industries, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd by focusing on innovation and creativity. This inspiring talk, based on Michal’s TEDx talk at the International Space University, offers a glimpse into her journey of becoming a space architect, revealing the “a-ha” moments, the points of impact, and the importance of dreaming big while standing out.
As visionaries, we strive to create environments that reflect and respond to the needs of our fast-paced, ever-changing world, yet, we often find ourselves struggling to keep up. To bridge this gap we must gain a deeper understanding of our future.
In this talk we’ll embark on a trip at the speed of light to the vast outer space & back, where we’ll explore the unique challenges and opportunities of space to re:design optimism. As we lift off, you’ll be welcomed to space with a peek at a space architect’s journey and to the insights gained from exponential growth thinking in all gravitational conditions. In zero-gravity you will discover the most extreme environments, forcing us to reimagine everything, and by time we return to earth you’ll have gained a fresh perspective on our planet, new ideas for possible futures, and valuable insights into how space can be FOR earth.
Space serves as a unique use-case for the intersection of two outcomes of recent global mega-trends – ‘Hyper’, characterized by heightened connectivity and digitalization including metaverse, blockchain, and AI, leading to unprecedented reliance on technology; and ‘Hypo’, reflecting the growing importance of sustainability and climate consciousness, leading to the development of local, closed-loop, off-grid systems. The fusion of these two trends in space is proving to be an invaluable tool for Earth.
As the space industry evolves and the focus shifts from mere survival in space to well-being and quality living, there is a growing need for new design and innovation initiatives. The challenge at hand is to approach these emerging needs in space architecture and bring the learnings back to Earth for the betterment of society.