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Fran Ward

World Peace Visionary, Frances W. Ward, PhD in Williamsburg

Finding Order in the World: Grids and Circles

PRESENTED ON SEP 04, 2012
IN WILLIAMSBURG @ VOL 2

Fran Ward sees grids and circles in the world around her. She uses those references to make sense of that world and her place in it. Fran goes into depth on some beautiful examples of grids in modern and classical Japanese design, and tells tales of her travels in Asia.

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Finding the 'Art' in Alberta

BY DAVE DELIBATO
@ VOL 11 ON NOV 03, 2011

According to Dave Delibato, the easier it is to draw a province, the harder it is to live there. 

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Navigating the Toronto Transit System

BY ILANA BEN-ARI
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 27, 2012

Ilana Ben-Ari is a toy designer and social entrepreneur from Montreal. In this presentation, she shares the challenges she has faced while trying to navigate her way through the TTC (Toronto Transit System). (in English)

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TOKI WOKI

BY QUENTIN THIAUCOURT
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 07, 2010

Quentin Thiaucourt is a developer and designer. In this presentation (in French) he takes us on a tour of the works that have marked his career so far, starting with work he produced as a child!

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Distinction Through Typology

BY CHRISTIAN WEBB
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 07, 2013

Christian Webb has a unique way of making art. He takes pictures of similar things and then arranges them in a grid. Its the perfect mix of chaos and structure, and it produces striking results that lead to questions about typology, diversity, and change.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 7, 2014.

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Urbacraft city crafting system

BY AYSSAR ARIDA
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 10, 2014

Ayssar Arida and Sabine de Maussion take us through the journey of creating and launching Urbacraft, a city crafting system that redefines the boundaries between playfulness and construction, while providing the users with plenty of new possibilities. Let the fun begin! 

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Finding My Own

BY BILLY HARRELL
@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Billy Harrell shares that inspiration can also be locally grown. Billy speaks about seeing other places, gaining experiences, and finally, going back to his roots and finding a connection with everything around him.

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Light Lite

BY JACKSON BOYD
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 27, 2015

PechaKucha Night Taos' youngest presenter to date, Jackson Boyd, explains his experience of living off the grid and the future of solar energy. 

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New York: City on a Grid

BY GERARD KOEPPEL
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”

Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!

Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.

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Sparks: The Magic of the Grid

BY ALEX HALBLEIB
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

"The whole idea of being connected in some way, shape, or form, through this system that people set up, is so we can actually help each other do better things." 

In Sparks: The Magic of the Grid from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 5, electrical engineer at Whirlpool Corporation, Alex Halbleib distills an explanation of the mechanics (and magic) and the ubiquitous grid that brings our homes energy every day and night. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, (that's pronounced "Loo-ih-vil", without the "S"!) Alex is currently working in the advanced engineering where he hopes to make the world's connection just a little bit stronger.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016.