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"Our are streets are our public spaces , and we need to reclaim it from the car. The car has actually invaded OUR space."

From Reclaiming the Streets of Chennai from PechaKucha Night Chennai Vol. 7, architect, urban designer, and sustainable transport advocate Aswathy Dilip reminisces on a time growing up in Chennai where day-to-day life was lived out on the streets of the city, free of the current seemingly endless sea of automobiles. She talks about a citizen's initiative called Namma Chennai Namakke, for which she is taking the lead in gathering the support of Chennai citizens including automobile owners to embrace car-free streets on Sunday mornings. The space she envisions creating hopes to promote healthy and happy lifestyles, and social capital through community building activities. 


"God created Adam so he could have somebody with whom he could play the game Go."

From "Go-dly Nerdism in the Game Go" from Bandar Seri Begawan, Vol. 3, founder of Brunei Darussalam Go Association Ignatius Chin shares his love and the deep history of the board game Go. He describes how Go is not just some past-time activity but a highly addictive game that carries its ancient origins and unites people (especially nerds) together. Listen as he opens your eyes to the magic that is Go.




On the 1892 Adalanta Cycle Club:

"It's special to me because it was a group of all women cyclists that decided to get together to go on picnics, to go one day trips, and just be all around awesome in their knickerbockers."

From Knickerbocker Cycling in Christchurch, from Christchurch Vol. 23,  Catarina Gutierrez shares her passion as an everyday cyclist as she explores a city steeped in bicycle culture and history. Prior to landing in Christchurch, she's lived and pedaled in popular bike cities such as Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. In addition to founding the social bicycles club "CycleCHCH", Gutierrez volunteers at RAD Bikes. These days you can find her cruising around Christchurch on a bubblegum pink Morrison step-through and in a bright, neon helmet covered in stickers. 

 




This week's City Focus stays in Latin American, heading to one of its most important cultural, political, and economic centre's in Brazil, Curitiba. Home to the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, check out some of Curitiba's inspiring presentations here!




"...taking these historical events that were really happening in our time and treating them in the way they were done in 19th-century romantic paintings"

From 21st Century History Painter at Powered by PechaKucha Event: United States Artists 2014 Artists AssemblySandow Birk presents selections of a prolific body of wide-ranging works, including paintings and woodblock prints. Influenced by nineteenth century European romantic painting, he juxtaposes layers of provocative modern day events, such as the LA Riots, Wars in the Middle East, or the Stonewall Riots upon the overly dramatic forms found in art two centuries ago. His latest project is a creation of an illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.



"Using the food and the music that we bring together at the event, these are the kinds of moments we are trying to create at the Gonohe Music Festival."

In Harmony in Aomori - The Gonohe Music Festival, from Tokyo Vol. 126Dave Herlich and Michael Warren share how, while living in Gonohe, a small town in Aomori, Japan, they decided to organize a free music festival. The Gonohe Music Festival showcases international music and food that can from a Japan, and brings guests from over a dozen countries to a beautiful secluded park in Gonohe.

Mark your calendars! Aomori or BUST!


"It took us about six months from start to finish to turn this wooden and metal barn into a fully functional state-licensed kitchen."

In Kaiseki On A Farm from Byan Vol. 3. husband wife team, Brian & Amanda Light share about their successful business endevor, proving a unique dining expereince on a 15 acre farm in rural Texas. Their company "Ronin Cookin" provides meals for special events at their farm, and a venue for evey occasion from 9-course dinnerst to whole-hog roasts with bonfires, to weddings to family reunions and everything in between, and with meats & vegetables sourced from local Texas farmers/ranchers/fisherman, all prepared out of an old barn they converted into a commercial kitchen.



"The real solution to the problem is when charity becomes unnecessary!" 

In Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa from Brooklyn Vol. 4, Mark Gardner tells the story about honey, african bees, social enterprise and social impact . The project pulled together people from several countries and delivered a community bee center complex to support cooperative farmers, locals and empower women.


"Reptiles, insects, and primates, all of them make me nervous. It sounds like everything sorta makes me nervous. But you got to push yourself and this is part of the reason I try to have new experiences, and try things I normally wouldn't try, because really, when are you going to hold an American Alligator or a Stick Bug.

In Lions, Tigers and Binturongs, Oh My! from Accident Vol. 3, former zoo docent, Devon Sponheimer, shares her love for animals in this offbeat presentation about her journeys around the world interacting with all sorts or species! Have a listen and find out some interesting animal facts such as why Binturongs smell like popcorn, or which gender of the platypus is venomous.


The City Focus this week highlights the Northern Mexican City of Monterrey  and its fantastic collection of presentations, latest of which are from last month's Vol. 9! Visit the event page for the presentations and photos.

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