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29 MAY

NEXT EVENT Chicago : City of Big Data

PechaKucha Night Chicago partners with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to bring you our first special event of 2014.

‘Big Data’ refers to the volume, velocity, and variety of the digital information we generate today. From information collected by urban sensors to Tweets, never before have cities generated so much data. Data is a 21st century design material. It has the power to transform how we plan, design, and build cities. Good data can help designers and citizens identify patterns and trends that affect the health and happiness of a city and the people who live there.

In Partnership with Architecture Is Fun and Visualized Concepts, sponsored in part by Goose Island Beer Company.

Check for tickets and more details at http://www.architecture.org/eveningprograms


Featured Presentation

When architect Margaret Yoo was laid off from a firm that specialized in constructing tall towers, she was thankful for the chance to rediscover herself. Since then, she has worked on many projects, including building homes for children in need. 


It's All About The VIBE

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Martin Atkins gives a humorful and vulgar presentation about the transformation of objects of once higly admired, to lame, to lastly hip and vintage. He gives his own formula for this tranformation and tries to foresee what happens next. What he discovers will make you question the use of common words today. However, there is only one important thing which is VIBE. 


Being Aware of Urban Ecology

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Steve Sullivan talks about the importance of ecology and being aware of our natural surroundings and how we interact with them. He specifically talks about squrriels in the Chicago area as a means to encourage people to become more aware of how impactful they are to the urban ecology. 


How To Make the Most Out of Life

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

As he turns another year older, Rajiv Nathan reflects on his past experiences of being 24 and talks about the goals he set out to accomplish. Whether overcoming fear, how to be an intersting person, learning to tresure every second, or trying something before you decide to hate it, he disccused on how to make the most out of life and what it means to live out your true purpose. 


Aren't We All Just Lernen to Talk?

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Have you ever wanted to learn a second language, but were daunted by the task and afraid to look foolish? Mickey Mangan embraces both these fears in order to learn a language he has never previously learned. In his Lernen to Talk Show project, he lived in Germany for a year and filmed himself every week interviewing a different person to show that it is not impossible to learn a language from the very bottom and that it is actually quite fun and exciting.  


The Truth About Chicago South Side

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

The famous artists and the media have the power to brand a city either good, bad, or ugly. However, with Chicago's emerging youth violence, bad and ugly are only reported. Kelly Fair, an educator who grew up on the south side, does not share their view. She believes that there is good and through her Polished Pebbles project, she shows how girls in Chicago can be inspired to achieve success when given love and an opportunity. 


The World's Tallest, Twisted Building

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Jo Palma discusses the ideas and plan behind the twsited building in Dubai. Initiated by a Chicago team, the building was created with passive sustainable methods as well as created with long term economic value. As of now, it is the tallest, twisting building in the world and it all started in Chicago. 


Racoon Problem: There's A Gun For that

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Ben Nicholson, fustrated by his racoon problem, decides on which gun to use in plans to skin it, eat it and make it into a hat to match his fur coat. Listen as he humorly describes different types of guns in hopes to stop his racoon friend from visiting his log cabin. 


It's Not Just Christmas Lighting!

@ VOL 28 ON DEC 03, 2013

Why should lights be used only during Christmas to light up houses or public spaces? Why can't they be used all year round? Avraham Mor, a lighting designer, is certainly passionante about using light all year round to celebrate the importance of light in our lives and for the enjoyment of the outdoors. 



Pizza and Pie

Pizza and pie are like siblings separated at birth, caught up in an endless rivalry. 
Elliana Krandel and Hannah Altshuler know everything there is to know about pizza and pie. In "Pizza and Pie" from PKN Chicago Vol. 29, they share the endless varieties and technicalities of these foods, and what they have learned over their friendship of seven years. Pizza and pie are not just delicious foods but also a means of bringing people together. 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Peter Exley

    Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago.

  • Thorsten Bösch

    President and Co-Founder of visualizedconcepts inc. in 2003, he arrived in Chicago 1996 via Hamburg, Passau + Konstanz.

  • Sharon Exley

    Procurer of Beautiful & Curious Stuff

  • Tess Landon

    Tess Landon is the Director of Education and Outreach for ART WORKS Projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from Bard College with a focus on museums and education and has worked in the collections at the Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Tess has taught in a range of arenas, including her many years as a children’s art teacher at Lill Street Art Center. She is currently teaching poetry at a correctional facility in Illinois and previously taught a reading and writing seminar at a facility in New York. She is in charge of the ART WORKS arts education initiative Workshop to Change the World.

  • Steven Haulenbeek

    I am a Chicago based designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, experimental/process-based objects and events.

  • Michael Genge

    I'm a bike obsessed designer and master of all things wheeled.

  • Dana Crawford

    Dana Crawford is a career changer with an MA in Interior Design, and a former intern at Architecture is Fun. Currently she is getting her feet wet at Harley Ellis Devereaux. Bursting with enthusiasm and tenacity, she is a wholehearted believer in the value of play, the spirit of volunteerism, and cats.