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Rafael A. Balboa

Architect, STUDIO WASABI in Tokyo

Fun and Unique Approach to Architecture Projects

PRESENTED ON JUN 24, 2015
IN TOKYO @ VOL 126

What do Monsters, Prosthetics and Cannibalism have to do with Urban Architecture? Rafael A. Balboa from architecture studio and urban think-tank STUDIO WASABI, talks about injecting humor and non-sense into architecture. Rafael presents project case studies from Split (Croatia), Riga (Latvia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Tokyo, highlighting the studio's unique approach of designing from metaphors.

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BY NEJI ARCHITECTS
@ VOL 79 ON JAN 26, 2011

When Neji Architects hopped on stage at PKN Tokyo Vol. 79, they may have come off as a fashionable boy band, but they are in fact an architectural firm, and their presentation has the projects to prove it.

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Opportunity Squared

BY VAN DER ARCHITECTS
@ VOL 89 ON FEB 23, 2012

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City Urban Planning in Genoa

BY BEATRICE MORETTI
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation, they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. (in Italian)

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Crofton & Benjamin Architects

BY LEON CONRADIE
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 23, 2012

Leon Conradie is an experienced architectural academic, who is doing his Masters Research on "The Work of Crofton & Benjamin Architects: 1955 -1964." Crofton & Benjamin Architects were prolific in the 50s and 60s on beachfront developments, and have designed many iconic Durban buildings, each with an Art Deco style. In his presentation, Leon gives us a tour of these buildings, and points out their unique quirks. (in English)

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Finding Fun in Architectural Education

BY ANNA UMANTZ
@ VOL 98 ON DEC 19, 2012

Not long after moving to Tokyo, architect Anna Umantz found work at Klein Dytham architecture (yes, home to the founders of PechaKucha). Here Anna speaks of her architectural education, and rather than discussing its trying aspects, she focuses on the fun of it all. 

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Planning for a Denser Urban Neighborhood in the Heart of Louisville

BY PATRICK PIUMA
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

Patrick Piuma -- organizer of PKN Louisville -- develops a case for the need for more density in Louisville, particularly a dense, modern neighborhood just south of downtown in an effort to provide more housing options and position Louisville for the new century of global competition for talent and to improve the city's quality of place.

 
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Identity of Self and City

BY ROBERT FUNG
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 24, 2013

Robert Fung talks about several urban reconstruction and remodeling projects he has worked on in the past, located in various areas of New Westminster. He looks at the identity of the city, and emphasizes the process of highlighting strengths when rejuvenating forgotten or abandoned districts.

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How New Immigrants Could Build Their New City

BY AMITIS NOUROOZI
@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Within the architecture field, Amitis Nouroozi works in the intersection of planning, design and community-building. She shares her story, as a new immigrant, who is building her new home in the first years of immigration to Canada.

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International Perspective

BY GEORGE PETKOSKI
@ VOL 29 ON SEP 20, 2016

"How do you create the unknown?"

In "International Perspective" from PechaKucha Night Detroit Vol. 29George Petkoski shares his visionary approach to architecture based on his international experience from across the world. 

George has more than 30 years of architectural practice in the creative process of designing buildings, master planning large and small communities, and urban design worldwide. He has had his own architectural firm in Detroit for 16 years, been the Director of Design of Architecture for Yamasaki Architects, Michigan and Summerstone international in Beijing, China.