PechaKucha Presentation

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Jerry Price

Community Outreach & Fund Development Director, YMCA of Southwest Michigan in Benton Harbor

Making Life Happen; the rebuilding of Benton Harbor


"How do we go from living in circumstance to living in choice? How do we rebuild our city with heart, with resiliance?"

Jerry Price
 remembers his family moving from Brooklyn to Benton Harbor Michigan in 1969 hoping to find more opportunity. Jerry's story recounts the change that happened after he went away to college and came back in 2003. 


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City Urban Planning in Genoa

@ 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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Imaginative Planning

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2013

Heather Ternoway is an urban planner committed to making planning more tangible and exciting. For over a decade, she has worked with communities large and small to improve quality of life through creative community-driven planning and design. 

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How New Immigrants Could Build Their New City

@ 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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Eat. Drink. Beer Happy. - The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co.

@ VOL 4 ON FEB 11, 2016

Michael Gross tell us his story of opening a Michigan Brewing Company in his story called Eat.Drink.Beer Happy, The Journey of Silver Harbor Brewing Co

Silver Harbor Brewing Co has something big brewing. Arriving this Spring learn about how we've transformed a building from 1900 to become what will be St. Joe's very own brewery / restaurant and more about the team behind the scenes making it all happen. Committed to the Mitten, we'll discuss local sourcing and give a sneak peak of our menu, beer line up and more. 
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Swimming Upstream – A Large Plan for the Harbor to Stir the Soul

@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

John Egelhaaf is described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  of usually being the smartest guy in the room with the highest, most honest standards. "If we could only see the goo in his head, it would be in technicolor and packaged brilliance." John is the Executive Director at Southwest Michigan Planning Commission

Peter Colovos is a Chicago native who's been described - by a close, anonymous friend of his -  "to be admired for his relentless jump-out-of-bed-every-day-with-a-purpose tenacity."   Founding Prairie Real Estate Group in Chicago, IL in 1994 was a culmination of transforming Peter’s passion of architecture construction and real estate experience into a career. Creating the optimal blend of good architecture and design product that enhances their tenants’ quality of life is the keystone of The Prairie Real Estate Group. (A quality of life that allows Peter the gusto to take our challenge to HACK THE HARBOR and swim from shore to shore. ;)

THEY GIVE a fresh look at the Twin Cities Harbor - by questioning everything, it might be possible to swim against the flow of the last half century!


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Greenspan Construction - Building Benton Harbor's First Container Home

@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

Vicki Franks, with her husband Shane, built Benton Harbor's first container home in 2015, a beautiful space that will make us rethink what's possible in real estate. The inspiration to do this hit at the crossroads of a trip she took and the time the couple snagged an outrageously affordable lot in Benton Harbor. Vicki's PK is eye candy for design lover's!


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Rethinking the Newark Waterfront

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Architectural and urban designer Jae Shin talks in this PechaKucha presentation about how we might advocate for accountable development of our cities through imaginative, community-focused design and planning practices. 

Jae Shin is a partner at Hector, an urban design, planning & civic arts studio, where recent projects have included a memorial for an eco-feminist nun, a riverfront park, and a large-scale exhibition commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark, NJ, including a crowd-sourced scale model. Jae has recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at New York City Housing Authority, where she facilitated the agency’s efforts to define and implement design principles for safe, clean and connected communities. As an educator, Jae has led design studios at New Jersey Institute of Technology & Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Craft Life

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Simon Rusk is the head brewer and owner at the Livery Microbrewery in Benton Harbor, MI. After a lot of college, passing the bar and becoming a lawyer, he decided on a major life change to pursue his passion in the craft beer industry.


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Musical Chairs but in Real Life

@ VOL 11 ON MAR 02, 2018

Dan Reed is an urban planner who has years of experience looking at planning and urban development from the side of a planner as well as a resident. Here he discusses the challenges of zoning, planning, and community involvement.