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Past New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Event: PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month

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PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month

April 01, 2014

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Waste to Wealth

BY ANDREW O'SULLIVAN
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Man on a mission Andrew O’Sullivan believes the word “recycle” to be a bad one. He poetically delves into his lifetime effort and campaigns against “the throw-away” lifestyle that we’ve become. We create waste, break it down, and re-sell it, but Andrew shows us that re-use is much more powerful and sustainable in the long run. 

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Open Streets Threaten to Make Cities Cool

BY JENN GRAHAM
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Like many superheroes, Jenn Graham didn’t choose to become a crusader for urban good — she was catapulted into it, quite literally. After breaking her arm when her bicycle tire got stuck in a drain grate, she began campaigning to make small changes to her home city of Atlanta. What started with grate replacements across became open-street activities hosting nearly 100 thousand citizens; a force that leads us to question how cities ought to be designed.

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Empowering Street Artists, Activating Citizens

BY MARIO RUEDA
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Many think of vandalism and graffiti when they hear the words "street art", but people like Mario Rueda see the city in a very different light. Public spaces are taken over by advertisements and corporations, but the artists, performers, and musicians who share their creativity and seek to delight fellow citizens are treated like criminals. Book a Street Artist is a platform which seeks to empower artists, and give back the city to citizens. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 20, 2014.

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Innovation through Play

BY MOUNA ANDRAOS
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Co-founder at Daily Tous Les Jours Mouna Andraos shows us several of her interactive design studio's delightful projects; all of which involve creating spaces for people to come together, play, and collaborate. From giant, 100-person sing-along installations, to swings that play notes as you swing back and forth, these projects transform the way citizens interact with their cities and one another. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 12, 2014.

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City by Night, Art by Light

BY CINDI DRENNAN
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Cindi Drennan's projects covered in the following presentation look to do two things: bring life to the city -- to retailers, etc. -- at night, and broaden the audience of art installations (in this case, projected lighting installations). She accomplishes both, as you'll see through the "New Light Industrial" and "Night Mural" installations, not only bringing an audience to parts of the city they wouldn't normally visit -- especially to take in art -- but also giving artists a new audience, with their works out of the gallery and onto the street.

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'Sno Hassle at All

BY SNO HASSLE
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Universtity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students Jay Mulakala, Ricardo Pierre-Louis, and Albert Callahan were bothered by an issue common to many college campuses -- where to store one's bike when the term comes to an end? The three of them developed an enterprising solution to this issue with Snohassle: a simple yet innovative bike storage service. 

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.

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VeloMetro

BY JOHN STONIER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

John Stonier makes a case for the usefulness and practicality of the VeloCar, a compact electric-assisted vehicle that mixes the benefits of bicycles and electric cars. Presenting his VeloMetro network to help promote its use in the city of Vancouver, he proposes that not only is it the perfect city in which to develop such a network, but that it can also act as a model for others to follow.

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Mobility According to Local Needs

BY DAMIEN DECLERCQ
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Seventy percent of the world will live in an urban environment by 2050, and mobility for cities is a problem in need of a soultion. Damien Declerq of Local Motors speaks on the challenges of urban mobility and his company's innovative methods created to develop local forms of transportation.

 

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Beyond Smart Cities: Retrofitting Cities for Happiness

BY DANIELE QUERCIA
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Which urban elements make people happy? Daniele Quercia poses this question, and offers a solution using applications he and his research team have developed to determine what citizens love about their city. 

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The Engineering Leadership Council: Professionals Implementing Social Impact Together

BY PAMELA ROGALSKI
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

As Pamela Rogalski makes quite clear, scaling the implementation of social impact in construction projects in urban environments is new. People want to “do the right thing”, but all industry professionals have encountered constraints that prevent us from doing what we know we ought to do (and we've all ranted about it over a beer at the end of the day). For engineers, however, the difference is that what we implement at scale has the potential to impact an entire community. To make the shift from intention to reality, whole engineering leaders are building momentum through vertical industry partnerships and triple bottom line business cases. 

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