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Transforming post-earthquake Christchurch vacant lots into art spaces:

Urban Strategist Brie Sherow brokers vacant spaces for creative projects in quake torn Christchurch. In a city full of empty lots, Brie and the team at Life in Vacant Spaces help facilitate the short term leases of empty space to temporarily rejuevite sites.

In "The Evolution of a Vacant Site" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19, Brie explains how one site over the course of 7 months hosted a wide variety of artistic and community projects.  


Christchurch is coming up on its momentous 20th PechaKucha Night -- a volume number we definitely love seeing a city reach -- and here's the poster to prove it. For more details about the event, please visit the official event page.

The Miserable Hour: the Time After the Time When All is Good

"This is a story about a sad meerkat with a drinking problem..."

Improvisational comedian Derek Flores, accompanied by Katie Cowan on the piano, tells the fictional story of Jarvis the meerkat, who becomes enlightened one day, learning how to create his own joy through the power of the library. In "The Miserable Hour: the Time After the Time When All is Good" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 19 Derek is ambushed with twenty images set to music, and asked to spin metaphorical thread into comedy gold.

Cycling isn't back in style -- it never left. 

Richard Hayman describes his two passions: cycling and architecture. They may seem like two different ideas, but they have more similarities between them then people may think. In "Cycling is the New Black" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 18, Richard talks in more detail about the relationship between cycles and architecture and how both are a series of different parts that join together to make a beautiful whole. 

Do you know where the ingredients in your food come from? 

Local chef Alex Davies uses produce foraged and sourced from only the Canterbury region. Since working with seasonal foods, his menu changes daily depending on what he has each day. In "A Local Food Project" from PKN Christchurch Vol. 18, we see that Alex develops relationships with his growers and can always tell you the story of where your food came from that day. He now operates an open kitchen at a local cafe and wine bar called Shop Eight.

From yoga DJs, to motorcycle shows, to orchestral ensembles, to seasonal feasts, who knew a space created of pallets could host such diverse events?

The Pallet Pavilion was a temporary community venue made of repurposed materials such as packing pallets. The week before it was dismantled and recycled the two event managers of the venue, in "Looking Through the Pallets" at PKN Christchurch Vol. 17 Rafaela Bolanos and Rosaria Ferguson spoke to the audience as they sat in the venue about the diverse events that occupied the Pallet over two summers.

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. 

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