City Focus: Bangkok

Our friends in over in Bangkok deserve some city focus lovin' this week after a couple tragic explosions that rattled the city. Here at Pechakucha we're saddened by such ill will, but remain positive that the uniting power of creativity can improve relations in the global community. Thoughts are with you Bangkok! 

Do we really want to live in cities full of skyrises?

Urban planner Tay Pruecksamars attempts to summarize the research and work he has done in the past year. In particular he focuses on shop houses, which are generally despised by architects and urban designers, but which can serve multiple purposes, and use their space much more efficiently than many other types of buildings.

In "Shop Houses" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6, he proposes solutions to problems facing modern urban designers, and takes a closer look at the solutions shop houses can provide.

Top 5 Presentations in November 2013

December has begun its strut down the street, and amongst the chilly air, snowflakes, and holiday spirit (or heat and humidity perhaps, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere) drifts a small stack of five very special presentations: November 2013's top 5!

Have a cup of cheer on us!


"Sushi for Smiles" by Takayo Kiyota.

"Perfecting Portraits" by Ian Taylor.

"Turnaround" by Aubrey Williams.

"Make It So" by Shannon Downey.

"Live for Today" by Shay Howe.

Top 5 Presentations in October 2013

Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!

Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013: 

"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.

"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.

"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.

"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.

"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Perfecting Portraits" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 9, photographer Ian Taylor teaches us how to take the perfect portrait.

He talks about light, composition, the moment, apertures, where your light source should be, the importance of the eyes, zooming with your feet, and mixing up your perspective.

Certainly a heavy topic, but worth your time.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Human Trafficking" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6Ali Weiner explains the state of human trafficking in the world today, dispelling myths perpetuated by popular culture.

She also introduces her current fundraising project, and illustrates how it will be used to aide victims of modern human trafficking, pointing out several pre-existing dedicated charities for such victims  as well.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Lightyears in the Past" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 8, astrophotographer Andy Chapman expounds upon the history of the universe. He can't help but detail the galactic goings-on each time he looks into the night sky.

Andy goes over not only the history of our universe, but discusses the processes behind taking stunning photographs of our Milky Way neighborhood and beyond.

It was a blast! Happened on August 21st, 2013 at LaunchPad, more than 120 attendees enjoyed beer from Beervana and cocktail from Bombay Saphire along with free pizza from Pala Pizza and dips from Homemade Cheese. We covered broad topics from “The Future of 3D Printing”, to “How to Take a Self Portrait”, and “Why You Shouldn’t Eat Shark Fin Soup”. I hope you had fun as much as we are! Now, here are some photos from the event.

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This event was the last event for our beloved Scott Coates who continue his journey to another country. He presented "Thailand Reflected" which reflects his 16 years experience in Thailand. We are very sad but excited with his new adventure in a new country!

Any cyclist in the city will tell you, it can be a dangerous place to ride. 

Which is why, in today's Presentation of the Day, "Save our Cyclists" from PKN Bangkok Vol. 8, Khun Panx talks about her campaign to keep cyclists safe on the streets.

The Save our Cyclists movement focuses on communicating street safety tips to riders, promoting accident prevention, and emphasizes the role of drivers in keeping the streets safe. 

Dale Van Dusen is a bicycle addict. His obsession began with his need to use a bike to get to and from work. From that point it ballooned into long-distance rides for charity, to a ride across the continental United States. 

In this edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Bangkok Vol. 6), Dale tells of his experience first coming across a bicycle frame made of bamboo, and his subsequent desire to build one for himself. He discusses the benefits (lighter frame, less road vibration), and challenges involved in constructing his first bike, as well as his future plans to fabricate these unique two-wheeled transports on a greater scale.