We see challenges as opportunities. We took a height limit and leveraged it to emphasise the horizontal view of the ocean.

Takashi Yanai, an architect from Los Angeles, talks about what it is he enjoys so much about creating a home -- the collaboration between designers, the satisfaction of clients, and the journey from concept to realization.

In "No Place Like Houses" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, take a look at the incredible dream-like California homes that Takashi and his team have turned into a reality. 

"This image has no context, and absent context it has no meaning or at best arbitrary meaning."

In "Context, Scale, Meaning, Place" from the PKN Williamsburg ArchEx sessions, architect Charles Piper admits that the title of his presentation may seem engineered and pretentious. And though he makes this statement, he points out that the showy title just an excuse to take us to some of his favorite locations; locations that are sure to make you acutely aware of context, scale, meaning, and place.

Have you ever been reading something and realised you just read the same sentence three times?

The mind wanders 30% of the time. Joe Natoli's job as a UX consultant is essentially to make things easier – and more enjoyable – to use. In "20 Surprising Ways Your Brain Influences Experiences" from PKN Baltimore, MD Vol. 3,  we see that in creating this value via design, nearly all of the decisions are based on how our brains work. Here are 20 ways your brain affects your experiences.

For this week's "City Focus" we want to highlight another successful new series, and so we head to the Canadian town of Wolfville, to share its growing presentation archive, and that's with only two PechaKucha Nights so far (Wolfville's Vol. 3 is already set for September).

This week marks Denver's PechaKucha Night Vol. 24, happening on July 24! Visit the official event page for all the details.

If you're into music, Anil has your dream job:

Photographer Anil Sharma describes his journey in concert photography beginning with his first show, when he had to sneak his camera into the show.

Since then he has photographed countless performers -- including some of his idols: U2, Radiohead, and Taylor Swift -- and has been published in Rolling Stone Magazine. In "Capturing the Moment" from PKN Richmond, BC Vol. 5, he mentions some of his photography tips and tricks, and discusses the legitimization of print in our digital age. 

Plastics from continents thousands of miles away wash in on countless beaches every day.

Artist Jo Atherton weaves artwork from flotsam found washed up on beaches. In "Flotsam Weaving" from PKN Bedford Vol. 2, we see that their cheerful familiar forms belie a shocking truth: we get older but plastic remains.

Though Jo's work isn't intended to foster a culture of blame, she does communicate through her work that we are all tied together in this global waste problem.

"Is this is your typical image of a shark, you can thank Steven Spielberg."

Saltwater aquarist Daniel Churchman takes care of fish for a living, and he has raised over twenty sharks, skates, and rays.

In "Words from an Aquarist" from PKN Albany, GA Vol. 3, Daniel states that many people view sharks as dangerous and scary, but he is here to debunk these common misconceptions and reveal the truth behind these myterious, curious creatures. 

After discovering leftover material from Kikutake's 1970 Osaka Expo tower, architectural researcher Nick Bruscia and his students began experimenting with textured stainless steel sheets to create a system of woven face frames.

In "Material Knowledge" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, we see that its reflection of sunlight and resistance to wind make the installation's specular quality and the structural integrity one in the same. Nick comments that he is trying to create knowledge about materials, rather than implement knowledge. 

NYC has long been home to a PechaKucha Night series, but we're about to expand with a new series in Brooklyn, which is set to kick off on August 14 at Galapagos Art Space. Visit the official event page for more details. The poster for the event was designed by Jackie Barry.