Ever wondered how chocolate is made? Well, wonder no more!

Erika Chavez-Graziano founded a small business called Cellar Door Chocolates, and is an expert on cacao. In “Searching Out the World’s Rarest Chocolate” from PKN Louisville Vol 15, Erika recounts her travel to Peru to find the world’s rarest cacao and the process of making it into chocolate.

“Creating a sense of security and safety for this little bear was absolutely imperative.”

Mammal Curator for the Louisville Zoo Jane Anne Franklin tells the story of a little orphaned polar bear’s journey from Alaska to captivity. In “A Little Polar Bear’s Big Journey” from PKN Louisville Vol. 8, Jane tell us how she was thrust into the role of surrogate mother for this little polar bear, as well as how she’s struggled and triumphed in helping the bear grow.

“Focus on scale, proportion, and urban fabric when designing to respect historic neighbourhoods.”

David Mayo, architect at De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, speaks about designing for context. In “Designing for Historic Context” from PKN Louisville Vol. 14 he clearly defines the difference between architectural preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration.

Does your city utilize open land for temporary use?

Urbanist Julienne Chen has long since been an advocate for using the city’s open spaces for enriching community activities. In “Temporary Space, Permanent Good” from PKN Louisville Vol. 14 she shows us how living in Amsterdam opened her eyes to the use of temporary spaces for the good of the public.

This week's City Focus heads to Louisville, a city we highlighted back in 2013, and that we return to because of the fantastic and ever growing presentation archive that can be found on its city page. The latest batch come from October's PechaKucha Night Vol. 14.

"Nothing is more painful to me than the sight of an abandoned old house..."

David Dominé believes that old houses are like old people - if you listen to them, they'll have a story to tell. David moved to Louisville in 1993, where he was immediately taken by the abundance of vibrant, classical architecture. He began writing books about old houses in the neighborhood, bringing to the forefront their colorful and interesting pasts, and in "Love an Old House" from PKN Louisville Vol. 11, you'll hear a few of those stories. 

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.

Did you know? To this day, 95% of all bourbon whiskey is made in the state of Kentucky. 

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Damn Fine Bourbon" from PKN Louisville Vol. 7Conor O'Driscoll makes it clear from the get-go: he's here to talk about bourbon. The subtleties of the spirit are not by any means lost on Conor, who goes into great depth on the history of bourbon's origins. He then goes into detail on the process of crafting a truly great bourbon -- down to the type of wood used (charred white oak) to make the barrels! 

Pickpockets, muggers, transients; all sorts of doers of dirty deeds lurk down alleyways, right?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "In Defense of Alleyways" from PKN Louisville Vol. 7, Brandon Klayko knows that alleys have always garnered a seedy image, and he's out to change that. He provides numerous suggestions to most effficiently and safely put alleyways to better use, and gives us some great examples of locations already doing so.

This harrowing real-life story is worth a listen to be sure.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Turnaround" from PKN Louisville Vol. 7, we hear of Aubrey Williams' young life growing up in poverty. When he was 14 he began selling cocaine to make money. He was later caught and jailed, but continued his ways when he got out. It took a gunshot to turn his life around. From that point on he got his GED, got two college degrees with honors, and has now become a motivational prescence within his community, working to improve the lives of those who are now where he was.


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