FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Close your eyes, take in some air, exhale slowly.
Marco Petkovski, Measurement Lead at Teehan+Lax, explains how inner peace and acceptance of circumstance can help us work more effectively. In "Breathe" from PKN Toronto Vol. 27, he goes further into the influence of stress on creative thinking and the contagiousness of calmness, and shares the secret of how we can be more creative and produce the best work of our lives.
All we need to do is breathe.
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Your heart rate is elevated, breathing pattern is abnormal. Sensors built into your clothing detect your anxiety and dispatch a calming agent.
Ashley Lewis, a tech educator in Toronto, talks of her passion of tech-craft hybrids. In "Smarty Pants" from PKN Toronto Vol. 27, she is inspired by current interactive clothing and future consumer products from conductive ink and thread to makeup and sportswear that will have you thinking about fashion in a completely different way.
FEBRUARY 03, 2014
Space. The final frontier. For zero-gravity ping-pong-ball parties.
Maryam Nabavi, an Innovation Strategist at Idea Couture, talks about her strategy for the future of commerical space (i.e. Virgin Galactic) as a service industry. If you ever thought about living in space, then small bathrooms, carbon-dehydrated food, and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements are probably not what you had in mind.
However, in "Space Tourism: Hospitality or Adventure Industry?" from PKN Toronto Vol. 27, we learn that Nabavi redesigned the experience to have humans at the center of the problem so that it can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for anyone no matter their financial or physical situation.
JANUARY 30, 2014
[Here's a] time-lapse of the drawing robot at our PK last Tuesday night. It took Patrick Dinnen, the creative technologist, almost a month to build and code this special installation especially for our event.
JANUARY 27, 2014
Do your virtual interactions weigh down on you?
Viviana De Loera challenges architects, builders, and designers to compare the virtual “templates” designed by for-profit companies like Google and Facebook to the frenzied condo living, boxed dwellings, and office spaces we exist in every day. In "Virtual vs. Habitable Space" from PKN Toronto Vol. 26, Viviana asks, "What are we teaching the 'template generation' in both their virtual and habitable spaces?"
JANUARY 22, 2014
Are you aware, that in a single day (today) we take in 5x the amount of information we did (25 years ago) in 5 days? That's right, in the same amount of time, we take in 5 times the amount of information we did 25 years ago.
Bob Hambly examines (at PKN Toronto Vol. 26) the topic of observation – how we've become visually complacent, how we are manipulated to see certain things, how important it is to have good observational skills, and how we can go about improving them. This is something we can all get better at. In "The Power of Observation", you'll see that the better we get at observing, the better we will get at generating creative ideas. Don't be a lazy observer, see (don't look -- see) things now!
JANUARY 21, 2014
JANUARY 13, 2014
With nearly 15% of the population disabled in some manner, designers and architects simply cannot afford to ignore the importance of accessiblity.
Amy Pothier and Jesse Klimitz of Quadrangle Architects want to inspire action in all designers to “get better” by designing fully inclusive and accommodating spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability. In "Inclusive Design" from PKN Toronto Vol. 26, Amy and Jesse show us that Accessible design does not need to be clinical and ugly when accommodating the 1 in 7 persons in Canada that live with some form of a visible or non-visible disability.
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Truth, knowledge, and expertise don't come purely from the brain. Everyone has something to teach.
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Everybody is a Teacher" from PKN Toronto Vol. 25, Courtney Lawrence speaks of a moment that changed her life: she was taught a deep and valuable lesson from her special-needs sister. Courtney realized that there is a wealth of knowledge to be acquired from those who are not experts or specialists. Her life changed dramatically from that point on: she now works as a consumer insight consultant and helps businesses to understand the fact that their customers have something to teach them as well.
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
From the cacophonous cries of the city springs forth a mellifluous mini-musicale.
In today's Presentation of the Day, "Symphonies of the City" from PKN Toronto Vol. 25, designer Marc De Pape is "exploring the relationship between sensing technology and the routines of everyday life." He's created a device that he compares to a windchime: one that not only creates sounds with the wind, but senses audio, motion, direction, temperature, light, and more. Based on the sensory input of the city, the device generates a melodious micro-orchestra of sounds that are not at all displeasing to the ear. Give it a listen on Marc's project page.