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Matthew Doolan

in Glasgow

2nd Hand Scenery

PRESENTED ON APR 20, 2017
IN GLASGOW @ VOL 31

"Can you imagine that in a school playground? It would be a wonderful thing to have. At the moment, it's sitting in a landfill."

From "2nd Hand Scenery" from PechaKucha Night Glasgow Vol. 31Matthew Doolan presents 2nd Hand Scenery, a fledgling organization based in Glasgow that aims to find creative ways to help the Scottish entertainment sector reduce the amount of scenery, props, and furniture going to landfill once a production cycle has finished. 2nd Hand Scenery's primary goal is to connect the different elements of the industry with one another, to let the school drama club see what the National Company no longer needs and to facilitate the exchange, to let amateur dramatics groups share a show and to make it as easy as possible for companies and individuals to display their used items before they run out of time and space. 

It was founded by two scenic carpenters who after many years in the industry had become dismayed a the sheer volume of useful materials that are lost due to relentless production cycles and crushing time pressures inherent across the sector. So they decided that something had to be done about it.

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Hand-Painted Signs in the 21st Century

BY DOUGIE KERR
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Dougie Kerr is considered a Toronto legend, and he has been painting signs since the 60s. When he first moved to Canada in the 70s, his first job was painting totem poles. He is now one of the two only sign-makers at Honest Ed's, the most iconic department store in Toronto. He does a variety of in-store signage, sometimes producing 40-50 hand-painted signs a day. 

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Theatre From...The Palm of Your Hand?

BY ANDREW ROBLYER
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 25, 2014

One theatre company's efforts to use the principles behind mobile and social media to engage a new generation of audience.

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Circular Economy

BY LYNNE WILSON
@ VOL 26 ON NOV 26, 2015

Lynne Wilson is currently the Sector Specialist -Textiles, Circular Economy Team at Zero Waste Scotland. Her role is to support innovation in design, manufacturing and production in the Scottish Textiles sector and to look at ways to close the loop and secure economic benefits through the development of new business ideas and products. Lynn is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Arts and Engineering) and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. Lynn was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to visit Japan and explore circular economy textile technology, heritage and design.

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Achieving Sustainability by Adaptive Reuse

BY FREDERIC DALBIN
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Projections show that 50% of architectural design in the next 20+ years and beyond will be for renovating and re-purposing existing buildings.  This represents an historic opportunity for the architecture and building community to reverse the most significant crisis of modern time:  energy depletion and environmental degradation.  Fred Dalbin demonstrate approaches and practices for conservation and adaptive re-use of the existing built environment through projects completed by this firm.

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Towards a Circular Economy

BY IULIA FALCAN
@ POLICY SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES ON APR 19, 2017

Iulia Falcan shares the concept of circular economy, refering broadly to reducing waste as much as possible on one side, and developing long lasting and re-usable day-to-day products on the other, thus limiting the negative impact that waste has on the natural environment.  

The concept of circular economy encompasses many phenomena, of varying degrees of complexity, that allow even the most seemingly disengaged person to have a positive impact on the environment.

Dipping your toe into the sea of knowledge on ways towards environmental sustainability can be overwhelming. However, be assured that there are many small changes anyone can make that will have a positive impact!

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The Adaptive Nature of Design.

BY RYUTARO SAITO
@ VOL 148 ON JUN 22, 2017

若手新進建築家として活躍の目覚ましい斎藤隆太郎さんは、大手ゼネコン設計部を経て独立後、ご自身の事務所を設立して設計活動に取り組まれています。学生時代から現在に至るまで、所属された環境によって異なるデザインプロセスについて、手がけて作品とともに紹介してくださいます。

Young but up-and-coming architect, Ryutaro Saito despite starting his career in a large scale general contractor firm, has shaped his own independent practice to be design-focused. Visibly striking in all of the the projects he led, from his student days to the present, is the adaptive nature of the design process that alters according to the projects’ varying contexts.

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Making Economy

BY ABIGALE NEATE WILSON
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

TAKTAL is an agency that initiates the creative use of space. In 2015, TAKTAL established research platform Agile City to explore grassroots approaches to urban development. 

One of the outcomes of this project is Test Unit, an annual art, design and architecture Summer School. Its aims are to turn talk into action by prototyping ideas in public space. This year’s theme is Occupying the Post-Industrial City. More information can be found at agile-city.com/test-unit

Abigale Neate Wilson explains the importance of discussing and creating methods to implimate alternative economies in todays world.

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Edinburgh Tool Library

BY CHRIS HELLAWELL
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Chris Hellawell is the Founder of the Edinburgh Tool Library, the first charity tool lending library in the UK. 

He has worked for a variety of charities both home and abroad, in particular addressing unemployment in disadvantaged groups. It was on visiting one of his old haunts in Toronto when he came across the concept if a tool library. He decided to introduce the idea to the UK, with an added element of employability training for young unemployed people. The Edinburgh Tool Library opened on March the 7th 2015, bringing together the idea of sharing as a way to enrich lives, save money, and reduce consumption, with the social goal of giving young people self belief and a route into the work. 

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A Recipe is Easier to Ship Than a Cake: Studio Moger

BY ROBERT PATIENCE
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Robert Patience has over 10 years experience studying and working within the design field. He is part of the design team at Fearsome, a Product Design & Engineering consultancy, as a Design Engineer with an emphasis on physical prototyping and making. Robert and his partner Carolyn Alexander also work part time at their start up Studio Moger. Here they are exploring the development of an open source library of artists equipment with their first project, Start Point.