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Beautifying the local environment will never go out of style. 

Liv Worsnop is the guardian of Plant Gang, a group that goes to abandoned lots and revitalizes them. In her presentation, "Making Gardening Cool" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 17, Liv speaks on how they clean the disheveled property, plant plants, and turn it into a beautiful zen garden. Plant Gang's popularity is growing and new business opportunities are flowering. Gardening has truly become cool in Christchurch.

Think no one can make you do anything?

Well, we bet we can make your mouth water! That's right, we're playing with your involuntary actions like Pavlov played with his pups (well, kind of).

Here are five meaty, food-related presentations ready for your consumption:

"From the Kitchen to the World" by Aram Reed

"Designing Cakes" by Mhairi Wild

"The Savory Month of Ramendan" by Jed Schmidt

"Molecular Gastronomy" by Nik Mavromatis 

"8 Things Designers Can Learn from Baking Cakes" by James Stockdale

This one goes out to all you foodies.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Molecular Gastronomy" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 1, Nik Mavromatis speaks on the culinary arts in a manner that one might be more prone to compare with chemistry. As Nik says, the culinary arts are more so a craft than an art, and he shows us the current state of food-related technology, and gives us an inside look at some techniques chefs are using in the kitchen to tantalize your tastebuds.

PKN Miami Vol. 15 Presentations A presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15) by Anthony Spinello and Augustina Woodgate about a project in Berlin called Kulturpark, taking place in an abandoned amusement park. Here's more on the project from the official website:

In the Treptower Park forest in East Berlin, along the Spreeriver, there is an abandoned amusement park. The park, originally called Kulturpark Planterwald, was built in 1969 by the GDR and was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction. After the fall of the wall, the park became the family-owned Spreepark and suffered challenges of access, attendance, and economy. In 2001, the park closed from capital collapse. Ever since, visitors have regularly traversed the fence to explore this jungle of broken thrill machines. In June 2012, Kulturpark will explore the poetics and potential of these recent ruins, building upon the unique energy of Berlin’s urban, social, cultural, and political landscapes.

Marina Potanina is the president of a charity foundation called To Kids About Kids. In her presentation (in Russian, from PKN Moscow Vol. 12) she talks about the project, and the creation of an animated series about school life for a group of kids, with one of the main characters being a girl in a wheelchair. In Russia, there are no books, TV, or other examples of adequate communication with people with disabilities. Marina believes that if we start by talking to kids about these issues, that our society will be changed. PKN Beirut Vol. 11 Posters We end the week with a Tumblr blog update that includes quite a few older posters: PKN Beirut Vol. 11 (pictured above), PKN Sevilla Vol. 9 and 11, PKN Jakarta Vol. 10, PKN New Orleans Vol. 4, PKN Chicago Vol. 18, PKN Louisville Vol. 1, PKN Dublin Vol. 1, PKN Christchurch Vol. 3, PKN The Hague Vol. 5, PKN Victoria Vol. 3-6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 1, and PKN Los Angeles Vol. 28. PKN Providence Vol. 41 Photos We spotted this photo (by Twitter user @parulia, who was attending her first PKN) taken at this past Wednesday's PKN Providence Vol. 41 -- we sure love the guerilla nature of the venue and projection wall.  Calendar There's just one event tonight (August 31), with Kumamoto hosting its Vol. 4. Then, you can look to Saturday for the following two events: PKN Hyderabad Vol. 10 and PKN Kathmandu Vol. 6. 

PKN Tokyo Vol. 94 Presentations Dwayne Butcher is an artist and curator, and in this presentation (from PKN Memphis Vol. 1) he talks about how he started producing art -- what inspired him to start -- and shares works that he has made and that has inspired him. In this presentation (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Hiroshi Miyazaki (of Aquent) talks about the competition that was held for his company to produce a calendar, and goes through the art work that made the cut. PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 Posters Since our last regular post two weeks ago, we have amassed quite a collection of posters, and we'll be gradually sharing a few each day throughout the coming week. Today, we've added the following to the Tumblr blog:  PKN Vancouver Vol. 23 (pictured above), PKN San Antonio Vol. 7 (see this preview piece for more info), this past May's PKN Singapore Vol. 4, and last week's big special edition PKN in Chicago, at the Art Institute of Chicago. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNy9lko2gw0 Video PKN St. Louis organizer Jeannette Thompson sent us this link for a video report on the city's latest PKN, produced in conjunction with the local PBS affiliate.  Links

Calendar Following these last few summer week, the PechaKucha Night calendar is starting to fill up again, and although there are no PKNs planned for tonight or tomorrow, you can look to Wednesday (August 22) for PKN Cairns Vol. 5 and PKN Durban Vol. 8.

PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1 Presentations Chris Tennant is a physicist by day, but behind the lens he becomes the champion of photographing water. This presentation (from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 1) takes us on an exploration of the soul of water's essence. The images are amazing enough, but Chris' narrative opens us to a deeper understanding of why we are always drawn to images of water. Anto Motulz is an Indonesian comic book artist, and in this presentation (in Indonesian, from PKN Jakarta Vol. 9) he tells us about the medium he had decided to express himself in. As a comic artist, he does not limit himself by drawing with one tool, and instead he will move from ballpoint to pencil to color pencil to brush, even using sticky notes as a medium. He also shares stories how he himself as an artist is adapting to technology development, from using Wacom and the iPad in creating his works. Posters We have a few additions to the Tumblr blog today, including posters for PKN Castellon Vol. 1, PKN Pisa Vol. 2, and PKN Christchurch Vol. 14 (pictured above). Here's more from PKN Christchurch organizer Jessica Halliday, on the poster, the upcoming event, and the current state of post-earthquake Christchurch.

The poster was designed by noted New Zealand artist Julia Morison. We're in raptures over it -- it's the first illustrative design we've had for a PKN poster, hey're usually by designers who are obsessed with typography, not that there's anything wrong with that but it's a great privilege to have Julia make something so distinctive for us that so beautifully expresses PechaKucha. This time we're going to hold PechaKucha Night in The Court Theatre's temporary shed -- a post-earthquake example of temporary adaptive reuse of an industrial building for cultural purposes. It's in the urban-fringe village of Addington, so we're stepping outside the central city for the first time. Much of our central city is still cordoned off -- as it has been since the 22 February earthquake -- and it is now estimated that at least 80% of our central city buildings will be demolished. In addition, over 7000 domestic properties have been 'red-zoned,' meaning they won't be rebuilt on their existing sites and thousands of people have to find new places to live. This is a devastating loss and life here is still very difficult for many of the city's citizens. We hope PKNCHCH14 will be something of a bright spark in the cold, winter darkness. We've got an excellent line up -- from the eight listed on the poster we've now risen to 11 superb speakers from the fields of architecture, science, visual art and design. We may even get a special surprise twelfth speaker...

Video Today, instead of photos, we share a video that offers a taste of the recent PKN Bilbao Vol. 13.  Calendar Tonight (July 3) you can catch PKN Cape Town Vol. 19 -- we're told there will be an 11-year-old presenter in the lineup -- and tomorrow you can look to the following two events: PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22 and PKN Utsunomiya Vol. 1. 

PKN Christchurch + Global Cities Week Christchurch is taking part in our Global Cities Week, with its "Cycle-Powered" PechaKucha Night Vol. 13 happening on February 26, and it will be the first outdoor PKN in Christchurch -- that week also marks the anniversary of the earthquake that tore through the city last year (February 22). Below, more details on the event from organizer Jessica Halliday.

PechaKucha Night Christchurch 13 is our contribution to PK's Global Cities Week. Instead of making this a huge event, we've scaled it down. There will be seven or eight presentations. Our venue will be as eloquent as any of our speakers on the topic of Christchurch: we're holding this in association with Gap Filler, piggy-backing on their outdoor cycle cinema project on the former Cycle Trading and Printstop sites on the corner of Manchester St & Dundas St. Ride along at 8pm and be prepared to do your bit to power this event! The system can't take knobbly tires, so slip on your slicks and one of our volunteers will help you take a stand. See the Gap Filler website if you want to know more about how it works: www.gapfiller.org.nz This is the first outdoor PKN in Christchurch, with a bit of uncertainty involved (bad weather, power failure) but that's perfectly appropriate to the occasion. We can't promise a high level of comfort and we're not selling tickets or running a bar like we usually do; you will need to bring your own seating and refreshments. A coffee cart will be on site and Gap Filler will sell a few tasty treats. Entry is by koha and all donations will go to support Gap Filler. If it's looking like we'll get rained out, keep your eye out for a postponement notice and we'll hold it the following day. Huge thanks to the Gap Filler crew for having us.

Poster for PKN Christchurch Vol. 12 PechaKucha Night in Christchurch Vol. 12 is taking place tonight (November 18), and here are the wonderful poster and flyer that were created to publicize the event -- the design is by Christchurch Art Gallery designer Peter Bray. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page. Also, here are a few words from organizer Jessica Halliday:

PKN Vol. 12, which we are presenting with the assistance of the Christchurch Art Gallery this Friday, will take place November 18. The line-up is looking pleasantly eclectic -- there are some old friends returning and plenty of people I've never met before talking about a wide range of ideas, issues and propositions. Christchurch still being at the beginning of the long journey to recovery, this event is being held in one of the city council's temporary venues -- a geo-dome -- Bucky Fuller would be delighted, I'm sure. There's a bar attached in a mini geo-dome with a few street food stalls offering seafood and Mexican delights. We have all the ingredients for a good PKN!

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Flyer for PKN Christchurch Vol. 11 Update: PKN Christchurch Vol. 11 has been postponed due to heavy snow warnings. It will instead be held on September 7. PechaKucha Night in Christchurch Vol. 11 is coming up this Wednesday (August 17) at Telestra Clear Club. You'll find the full list of presenters with links on the official event page, and here's more from organizer Jessica Halliday:

We're getting very excited about our next event. The people of our city continue to face many heartaches, challenges and difficulties -- it's a daily battle in post-earthquake Christchurch. One of the things many of us miss are the array of social and cultural opportunities offered by an urban environment -- even one as small as ours. You know the type of thing -- immersing yourself in arts and culture, debating the merits of clashing events and happenings, forming part of a crowd of people at a gig, accidental meetings on the street or in a cafe or bar, the freedom offered by widely-shared urban public space. With our central city cordoned off and an estimated 40% of our urban fabric under demolition, we are dispersed across the suburbs and these very ordinary urban experiences have all but evaporated. Our 11th PechaKucha Night will give us not only a chance to hear and see 11 fascinating presentations but also help provide us with much missed social and cultural contact. We're delighted to have the support of the Christchurch Arts Festival for PechaKucha Night Christchurch 11 -- they are a battler of an organisation that has worked hard to give the city eight weekends of performances and arts events to cheer our hearts despite losing all of their regular venues. Our presenters, unsurprisingly given the current circumstances, weigh a little on the side of architecture and engineering (yes, creative, articulate engineers, we breed 'em) but it's still our regular exciting jumble of disciplines and fields. Can't wait to hear and see what the've all got to share with us PechaKucha style.

Also, here are some details on the flyer that was produced for the event:

It's double sided, so what you see are the two sides side-by-side. We're mainly using it folded as a flyer concertina style. The design work was a collaborative effort between local designers Matt Galloway and Lizzie Parker (who did our Heavy Metal PKNCHCH8 posters last year). Matt printed it on a risograph at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts.

Flyer for PKN Christchurch Vol. 11 Flyer for PKN Christchurch Vol. 11

PKN Christchurch + Inspire Japan We'd previously posted about Christchurch's involvement in the Global PechaKucha Day - Inspire Japan event, and now here's a look at the poster for the event, which is also the city's Vol. 10, and purposely stark -- as organizer Vanessa Coxhead told us, it's "easy to print and get out with most of the central city still shut down, and the X is a great stand in for so many things here as well as our 'tenth event.'" Please note also that the venue has changed, and will now take place at the CPSA Building's CPIT on Madras Street. We're including the full press release. More...

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