Urban farming, rooftop gardens, and sustainable growth are becoming ever-prominent practice in a metropolitan setting.

Advisor at Ooooby James Samuel discusses the unsustainable industrial methods in which food is produced, its impact on the environment, and the resulting low quality products. In "Urban Food Forests" from a special edition of PKN Auckland, he goes into depth on a few projects working to source fresh food for the growing city populations the world over. Oooby provides urban communities with local food, and entrepreneurial individuals the opportunity to join their network. 

Cars take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money, we need better ways to get people around cities.

As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, "People need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices." Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. In "Transport and Urban Planning for People" from a special urban edition of PKN Auckland, we see that Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

Auckland is the only city in the world built on a volcanic field. You'd be surprised at the benefits!

In "The Volcanos in our Backyard" from a special Urban Visionaries edition of PKN Auckland, ecologist and photographer Alastair Jamieson speaks on the numerous volcanoes that make up the urban and suburban landscapes of Auckland, as well as how the results of their eruptions have benefited the community over the years. 

For its next PechaKucha Night, Auckland is going outdoors in what sounds like a fantastic venue:

Drawing upon the central theme of the evening, everyone’s favourite outdoor cinema in Silo Park will come alive after Pecha Kucha; Silo Cinema presents "The Human Scale", offering a critical view on the way we build and use our cities. Alongside regular Silo Markets and other events, Silo Park will continue to host the largest, free outdoor cinema each week over summer on a Friday evening.

Read the rest of the article from Voxy to find out more about the planned PKN.

Architecture students typically build models for their theses, Callum Dowie constructed a complete building. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PechaKucha Night Auckland Vol. 17) he speaks of the tramping huts found throughout New Zealand -- once used for overnight stays on hunting trips, now used for long-term hikes -- and how they were built of materials that needed to be carried. 

These huts inspired him to construct a foldable, easily assembled (by 4 people, in 2 hours) living space that could have valuable real-world application for those in areas post natural disaster.

PKN Auckland Vol. 26 Auckland may have had its PechaKucha Night Vol. 27 just recently -- held in a boxing ring, which we hope we get to see in photos soon -- but here's a look at the previous event, Vol. 26, with a mix of photos by John B. Turner and organizer Luka Hinse. There's much more to see in this Flickr photoset, and here are also video archives of PKN Auckland presentations. More...

Yvonne Underhill-Sem

And here's another presentation from PechaKucha Night in Auckland Vol. 17, with Yvonne Underhill-Sem talking about a few of her projects -- and as you'll notice, this was one of the "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti" presentations, and so you can donate directly to the presentation, or under the Auckland city banner.

Callum Dowie

We kick off this week's presentation highlights with our first one from Auckland -- recorded at the city's Vol. 17 -- featuring Callum Dowie demonstrating his take on the portable disaster relief shelter.

PKN Auckland Vol. 11

The New Zealand blog for PechaKucha Night events in that country has just updated with three more presentations posted online, all taken from a previous edition of PKN in Auckland (last November's Vol. 11). The three that have bee added are by artist Turumakina Duley, "brotographer" Raymond Sagapolutele (aka RIMONI), and architect Charmaine 'Ilaiu.

Benjamin Work

Benjamin Work has been a graffiti artist for 11 years, and in his presentation at PechaKucha Night in Auckland Vol. 11 from late last year he talks about the evolution of his work -- the "rebellion within the rebellion," as he describes it -- from gangsta to born again Christian, and how it affected his style. You can watch the entire presentation online.