You ever think about where your flushes end up, or who handles it?

Sewage District worker Michael Mucha shares how wastewater is being transformed from invisible to invaluable. In “Why it is Great to Work in the Sewers - The Reprise” from PKN Madison, WI Vol. 10 he speaks about how passionate people not afraid to get their hands dirty are turning our sewage problems into priceless product.

We're back with a City Focus this week, and we're highlighting the fantastic presentations coming from Nantes in France, the latest batch coming from this past summer's Vol. 8 -- and the next edition, the city's Vol. 9, is already scheduled for December 2. 

Why share 2D snapshots when we could be sharing mulit-dimensional experiences?

Zak Niazi speaks about the constantly changing technological landscape, and how cameras -- digital and analog -- have more or less stayed the same.

In “Immersive Imaging” from PKN Garrison Vol. 7, he speaks about new methods of immersing the viewer in the image, rather than just limiting our photographic media to a simple, two-dimensional rectangle. Zak believes in a future where we will be able to share our experiences, rather than just our snapshots.

If we can strip to our true essence, we can embrace our own story.

Using images of painted bodies, and a talk laced with quotes by famous people of wisdom, Tirza Shelton shows us how self-enriching it can be to shed the layers we have all been cloaking our true selves in since Adam and Eve first tasted the fruit of knowledge. In “The Naked Truth” from PKN Williamsburg Vol. 9, find out what is at your core.

As you've been seeing on the front page of the site all week, we've been having an amazing week in London, for the London Design Festival. Here's a great panorama shot (see it bigger here) taken at last night's "Powered by PechaKucha" event at 100% Design, and we hope to have more to share in the coming days.

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.


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