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"The Belt Line … will be the next phase in Buffalo’s sustainable development."

In The Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight from PechaKucha Night BuffaloVol. 16, urbanist and preservationist, Chris Hawley, presents the Belt Line -- one of the most conspicuous and least-known features of Buffalo, NY. Each day, trains go by along it and people drive underneath and over it. It is the "third strand" in Buffalo's DNA, as important to the city's physical and economic geography as Joseph Ellicott's radial and grid plan and Frederick Law Olmsted's park and parkway system; as consequential to the city's development as the Erie Canal and Interstate Highway System.

The Belt Line was opened in 1883, with segments dating back to 1836. The rail line is 15 miles long, forming a continuous loop through Buffalo╩╝s downtown as well as the prominent industrial loft clusters that it helped to create. Today, the Belt Line's 12 million square feet of largely vacant or underutilized industrial space is the city's next frontier for sustainable development. Factory buildings are being recycled as mixed-use developments. These former industrial areas are becoming walkable centers again.

 

"For this project, I particularly looked at the things that those children could do instead of what they couldn’t." 

In Human Centered Design from PechaKucha Night Shanghai Vol. 26Bas van Hoeve explains what inspires him when he's designing: people. He doesn't design just to create something nice or beautiful; he hopes his products actually help people. Don't just focus on the best paying customers, also pay attention to those most in need of specialized design.




Where would we be without our PechaKucha HQ interns?!?! With ~100 PechaKucha Nights being hosted each month around the world, each contributing to the 50+ presentations being uploaded each week to an archive of creativity, now 8000 PechaKuchas deep, we simply would not be able to keep up on everything without our invaluable interns. To this summer's semester crew - Danna and Brad - and all our awesome past interns (you know who you are!) and all your participating Universities who send you our way, a Big PechaKucha Thank you!!!

Bullseye on this on-target poster for PechaKucha Night Champaign-Urbana's upcoming vol. 21 this week. We're excited to have their presentations uploaded to their online archive of creativity. Stay tuned and in the meantime, check out more imaginative designs on our official PechaKucha Poster tumblr.

City Focus: Townsville



Hats off to PechaKucha Night Townsville who deserve this week's City Focus. At their recent Vol. 12, they shared their experience in Tokyo as PechaKucha Organizers about which one of their attendees says, "I'm hooked...Who could imagine that 8 talks on such diverse topics would be so interesting!"

 

"Words are really powerful, and if we’re going to use them to express the people we are and the feelings that we have, let’s make them count!"

In Magic Words from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137Hengtee Lim looks at how words inspire new ideas, create a shared experience, and foster understanding. Lim argues that there's a power in words and the way we use them to express ourselves and tell stories.

“He mimes geological compression, squeezing all of the detritus together to make a post-consumerist stone.”

In Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 27, Jan Dickey, UHM MFA candidate, and Jaimey Hamilton Faris, UHM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory, will talk about how art engages with the environmental impact of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. They will introduce the work of three artists: Kelly Jazvac’s “readymade” plastiglomerate (a newly designated geologic formation of sand, coral, and plastic); Maika’i Tubbs’ attempts to replicate platiglomerate’s geology; and Mary Babcock’s weavings of plastic fishing line found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

 

"These were vehicles of economic mobility."

In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life.

 

"My sister reminds me every day why I do the work that I do, why these open, hard conversations are important, how we learn from them and how we help ourselves and others by having them"

In How I Understand the Work I Do (and Myself) Better Because of My Little Sister from PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 28Jessica Caldas shares about the impact her little sister has on her and her art. Caldas is an aritist based in Atlanta and one whose work stems from challenging subject matter such as domestic abuse and sexual violence. Over the last year, Jessica's younger sister Shoshana has increasingly become an influence in Jessica's work through her openess, honesty, and challenging nautre. Jessica stood before strangers, some friends, and her sister to tell everyone of the special bond these two have and what the bond has meant for Jessica's art.

"Why, today, are children handed a piece of paper with Math, English and Science and nothing about who they are and why they’re unique?"

In A Creative Journey from PechaKucha Night St Neots Vol. 6, Artist and creative Tracey Mowatt shares about the emotive and deeply personal community art project called Vir2oso. Mowatt has been been working on Vir2oso for a year since feeling great frustration from the UK's uncompromising education system which did not provide ample space for creativity and exploration of self.

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