This is a story about Tokyo — it began with a giant garden gnome.

Long-time Tokyoite Darren Menabney came upon this curious work of art while on the way to work one day, and decided to investigated the mysteries of Tokyo. In “Discovering Tokyo Through Yamanote” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 113 we see that he started from the world-famous Shibuya station and worked his way counter-clockwise around the train line. He shows off his findings with more than a few quirky stories.

Can a sign change the way a community views itself?

Designer Stephen Jones discusses his travels across the United States, and the numerous signage he found during his journey. In “Building Communities with Signs” from PKN Nashvile Vol. 13, he goes into depth on the character that a sign can bring out of and give back to a city.

“The church was empty, no one was sitting there, not even me. Nothing. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever felt.”

Cartoonist and illustrator Dylan Horrocks begins with his childhood desire to believe in fantastical beings. In “The Empty Church: My Year of Belief” from PKN Christchurch Vol. 20, he shows us how after years of Atheism, he decided to give belief a chance, and he surveyed people in an attempt to see things through their eyes. He soon found the border between religion and unbelief was much more complicated that he had thought.

"With the growing population of SF ... one solution is to look at an offshore/floating city approach."

Architect Elizabeth Ranieri of Kuth/Ranieri Architects shows off a few fascinating projects that could dictate the way San Francisco looks in the future. In “Building Massive Sustainable Infrastructure” from PKN San Francisco Vol. 53 we see that from floating cities to solar-power-enhanced bridges, her firm looks to take on large-scale problems head on with radical solutions.

"I pictured this photo in my mind for about 7 or 8 years, and it all just came together."

Photographer David Kernick discusses his digital work, particularly his landscape photography. In “Getting it Just Right” from PKN Forster Vol. 2 he discusses the patience involved in planning and finding these perfect moments, some stories that surround the their capture, as well as a few very personal interludes about his relationships with his subjects.

"I have an insatiable need to be around people, how they think and experience the world."

Filmmaker, Culturist, Wanderer, Chloe Walter-Wallace talks about being born into fun, growing up Jamaica. In "Born into Fun" from PKN New Orleans Vol. 13 she speaks about finding her path and love for anthropology which has lead her to her true passions for documentary film-making, working with non-profits on various media related projects, and her constant love for Jamaica.

"So after a lot of beer we decided to make a big, traveling park that flies to several locations all over the world."

HUNK Design duo Bart Cardinaal and Nadine Roos come from Rotterdam, Netherlands and here they show off some of their radical interior and exterior design work. In "Putting the Fun into Funky Spaces" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 116 we see that from funky interior redesigns and remodels, to outdoor patterned park spaces using artificial grass, HUNK is changing the way people use and interact with space. 

As you'll notice if you visit the front page of the site right now, PechaKucha will have a big presence at next week's London Design Festival, with 4 events hosted by PechaKucha co-founder Mark DythamTOTO x PechaKucha (16th), Made in London x PechaKucha (17th), 100% Design x PechaKucha(18th), and Heineken x PechaKucha at TENT LONDON (19th). You can visit our London city page to see all of the event pages.

We are what we repeatedly do. And what we repeatedly do has a tremendous impact on the people around us.

Kelley Amadei has lots of bad habits. Habit is a word we toss around, but habits, as she says, are very personal. In “You and Your Bad Habits: Why it’s Not All Your Fault” from PKN Garrison Vol. 7, Kelley speaks about the research she has done to understand why our brains are constantly seeking the satisfaction of bad habits.

The next PechaKucha Night in Orlando (Vol. 14) is coming in October -- on the 17th -- and here's the lovely new poster to promote it. Visit the official event page for more details, and the full list of presenters.