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Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham

Playgrounds and Stools

PRESENTED ON NOV 06, 2013
IN TOKYO @ VOL 108

Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham present two of their team's projects. One is an indoor playground for kids in the tsunami-destroyed region of eastern Japan. The other is a sea of stools, designed to look like grass, for Artek's elephant in Ginza. (In Japanese)

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Volunteering & Rebuilding in Fukushima

BY EVGENY LATYPOV
@ VOL 84 ON JUL 27, 2011

Russian student Evgeny Latypov offers his take on the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdown, and compares it to Chernobyl. He discusses his struggles in finding an organization to assist in the recovery of Japan's most seriously radiation-affected region.

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Postcards from Japan

BY KATE THOMSON & HIRONORI KATAGIRI
@ VOL 93 ON JUN 27, 2012

This presentation covers three exhibition projects that Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri produced to support post-tsunami recovery: "Postcards From Japan" is an exhibition of A5-sized artworks by 22 Tohoku artists touring the world, so far shown in Edinburgh, New York, London, and Birmingham.

"Postcards To Japan" includes over 470 works sent from all over the world to tour Tohoku, first shown at the Iwate Museum of Art, currently on show at Fukushima Museum of Art, next going to Minami Soma Museum and more informal venues along the coast of Tohoku. "TOHOKU-SCOTLAND" is an exhibition of sculpture, paintings, collage and prints by Scottish artists who took part in the Iwate Art Festival UK98 and artists from Tohoku shown in Edinburgh, UK. (in English)

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Build Back Better Tohoku

BY MICHAEL STEINER
ON FEB 19, 2013

In this special presentation, Architecture for Humanity's Michael Steiner offers up an update on the work the organization has accomplished in Tohoku so far -- following the devastating earthquake/tsunami of 2011 -- and on what is needed next.

You'll find more information on Architecture for Humanity's current projects here.

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Stool 60's 80th Anniversary

BY ANNA VARTIAINEN
@ PECHAKUCHA X ARTEK ON OCT 31, 2013

Anna Vartiainen speaks on Artek's stools and collaborations with contemporary artists. The day this presentation was made was Artek Stool 60's 80th anniversary. These stools are some of the most photographed design objects in the world.

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Building a Playground for All

BY ROB KERR
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 09, 2013

Rob Kerr wants to revitalize Christchurch. His plans for this include significant chnages to Christchurch's waterfront property along the central river. One such plan is the world's largest playground. To design this playground, they consulted the winners of a playground design contest that over 8000 kids participated in.

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Playgrounds for a Better Childhood

BY BARBARA KAUCKY
@ FIT LONDON ON JUL 24, 2014

Barbara Kaucky from Erect Architecture talks about their work with playgrounds around the London area, creating places for self direct playing and learning. They decided to create this project because children today are already suffering from the effects of physical inactivity. Therefore, they want to increase the awareness of active playing and how this could benefit the lives of the children in a long term.

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Harnessing the Power of Play

BY MICHAEL ANOP
IN TOKYO

“Bureaucracy is not very fun, so… at first they decided to turn a blind eye towards what we were doing. [Eventually] the government’s blind eye [realized that it] liked what we were doing. The ministry of education started reaching out to us and asking ‘hey, can you help us rebuild the playgrounds at our schools’”

From PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" comes Harnessing the Power of Play by Michael Anop. Whilst volunteering in disaster-affected Tohoku communities, Anop came to realize that many parks and school playgrounds had been destroyed by the 3/11 tsunami. Because local government was simply overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, repairing parks would take 3 to 5 years. Working together with corporate sponsors, community leaders and city halls, Playground of Hope has built 43 playground in Tohoku.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016. 

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Clean tech playground: De Ceuvel

BY JOS DE KRIEGER
@ VOL 29 ON OCT 24, 2016

"It's a continual transformation that goes on and on..."

In Clean tech playground: De Ceuvel at PechaKucha Night Christchurch Vol. 29, Partner of renowned repurposing architects SuperUse StudiosJos de Krieger takes us on a field trip around De Ceuvel, a clean tech playground in Amsterdam. There, innovators reclaimed a disused industrial portside site to create a space for experimentation with technologies for a sustainable future.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on April 3rd, 2017.

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The Things You Remember From Childhood

BY HANA ISHIKAWA
IN CHICAGO

Hana Ishikawa's career has been inspired by the playgrounds of her childhood.