“I find that playing with the city and conceiving the city on a different level is seductive, yet possible.”

Architect and researcher Monica Basbous invites us to wander through a city she has redefined using illustrations and constructed images. In “Fertile Voids” from PKN Beirut Vol. 20 she discusses the relationship between people and spaces, and shows how the unused sections of her city might be better utilised to encourage interaction between people and their environment.

Now why would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane anyway?

Skilled skydiver Lyn Langlais answers this question well: “Simply to live life.” In “Superior Skydiving” from PKN Duluth Vol. 1, Lyn shows us that she enjoys the thrill that skydiving gives her, the sense of accomplishment she feels upon landing, and the life that fills her the moment before she jumps.

For our City Focus this week we highlight the city of Broome, Australia that just recently had its very first PechaKucha Night, and its first batch of presentations are now available online.

Hong Kong is about to meet Swedish design, in a special PechaKucha Night set for December 4 at PMQ, in collaboration with the Detour festival. Visit the official event page for all the details. 

See how London’s old industrial districts are transforming into live/work centers for artists and makers.

Executive Director at Pollards Thomas Edwards architects Andrew Beharrel speaks about the history of London’s industrial districts, and how they are slowly becoming cheap places to work and live. In “Out with the Old, in with the Art” from a special “Made in London” PechaKucha event held during London Design Week 2014, Andrew tells us how his firm is working to renew these historic buildings, and cultivate local arts communities.

“We touched on the Dirty South, civil rights, regionalism, and rawness.”

Professor Liz Teston speaks about her design research project that focuses on regional rap music factions. In “Rap Mapping and the Everyday” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12 she discusses the rap culture in the Dirty South and its connection to the built environment of this locale.

“So we’re working with these small businesses, making a big impact.”

Holly Lewis from We Made That, goes into depth on what her organisation does to endorse local shops and companies in the greater London area. In “We Made That” from a special Made in London Powered by PechaKucha event held at London Design Week, we see that Holly’s work involves working with local businesses to  make them more accessible to the public by clarifying what it is they do, which in turn helps everyone.

3D printing has is an awesome tool for designers working in fashion.

Rik Theunissen specializes in some really fantastic, unique projects. In “How 3D Printing Gave Me a Ride2 Fashion Week” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 23 he presents his design for large, randomly-generated crystals worn and shown at Amsterdam Fashion Week.

“What caught my eye was the border between the man made landscape, and the natural landscape.”

Printmaking MFA graduate Hannah Skoonberg speaks on her art work, which explores the concepts of memory and object. In “Gardens of Winter” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 5 she speaks about how her art — composed mostly of paper — is fragile, vulnerable, and though based on real-life useful objects is unusable due to the material used in its construction.

“I think pavilions are an instrument for architecture and diplomacy.”

André Corrêa do Lago is the Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, as well as a curator and critic of architecture. In “Architecture Celebrated at the Embassy of Brazil” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 118 Ambassador Lago's covers Brazil's amazing diplomatic links to architecture, with a final focus on the World Cup 2014 installation that was produced at the Brazil Embassy in Tokyo by esteemed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.


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