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Brian Megens

Student, Photographer, Social Media Reporter, self employed, Maastricht University in Maastricht

The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya

PRESENTED ON FEB 29, 2016
IN MAASTRICHT @ VOL 29

"Too many times, we make judgements on people and situations without knowing anything about them... I decided to do a photography project, which is focusing on people, not the conflict, not the violence."

In The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya from PechaKucha Night Maastricht  Vol. 29, photographer Brian Megens tells the story about his photography project ‘The Other Side of Palestine’. In this project he focuses on life and the people of the West Bank. He made several stories throughout the country. During his stay in Palestine, Brian got intrigued with the kufiya, known in the West as the ‘Arafat scarf’. In his presentation, ‘The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya’ Brian will tell us more about this traditional Arabic product that won his admiration.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, May 31st, 2016. 

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Revisiting Sharjah’s Bank Street

BY #BANKSTREETSHJ .
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 10, 2014

Revisiting Sharjah's Bank Street: Naima Abdelwahed, Hind Mezaina, Chaitanya Krishna Kumar, and Yara Ramadan present findings from a recent workshop conducted by Amsterdam based research platform Failed Architecture on Sharjah's iconic Bank Street. It will include an overview of the street before its construction into the near future. Attendees will be invited to share their stories and memories of this soon to be replaced street with a low-rise 'historical' quarter.

http://failedarchitecture.com/fa-workshop-sharjahs-bank-street/

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West Louisville FoodPort

BY STEPHEN REILY
@ VOL 15 ON APR 14, 2015

Stephen Reily describes the West Louisville FoodPort that is being developed on 24 acres of land in the heart of an urban neighborhood. The project is not only being developed to become a major food processing and distribution hub, but to be a catalyst for a disinvested neighborhood in Louisville.

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Impressions of Guinea, West Africa

BY RENATA MYERS
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

Photographer Renata Myers discusses the people she met in her travels in Africa, and her experiences capturing them through the lens of her camera.

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Blue Sky West Coast Modern

BY BO HELLIWELL AND KIM SMITH
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 07, 2016

Based in West Vancouver since 1989, Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith from Blue Sky Architecture have built works in the Lower Mainland, the mountains, islands, and valleys of British Columbia, as well as national and international projects. First established in 1975 as Blue Sky Design on Hornby Island, they have evolved a design approach that is humane and works poetically and economically with site, local materials, climate and program.

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The Bank of Happiness

BY ART + BELIEVE
@ VOL 24 ON MAY 25, 2016

"We are not hippies, we are happies."

In The Bank of Happiness from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol.24, Married travelling duo, Charlotte and Dan Doherty, shared their philosophy of Worldwide travel. Their mission is to bridge the gap between travellers and communities with art. Forget ubiquitous and talentless tagging, this is street art in the truest sense of the word and at its best - for the people, by the people.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 24th, 2016. 

 

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Sub-Creator

BY JOHN MONTEIRO
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 16, 2016

You might be wondering what "Sub-Creator" means. Well, many people, like John Monteiro, believe that our Creator created all, so his humble title of Sub-Creator is to keep himself in check that we are all only creating from what was already created in this world. And John does a lot of creating! John's PK is about the value in Creating, whether skilled or not, the process alone has great value. John is a Senior Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation and despite his knack for lean process and measurable metrics, he experiments endlessly in his creative adventures.

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Marquetry Craftsmanship

BY JEFF SMITH
@ VOL 31 ON MAR 22, 2017

Jeff Smith and Shayn Smith of SMITHMADE aren’t related. They do, however, have a story of friendship and professional craftsmanship translates in their design work.

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The Demise of the West Side

BY PHILLITIA CHARLTON
@ VOL 31 ON MAY 18, 2017

Phillitia Charlton's song and poetry is a poignant description of the condition of Dayton's west side and the hope of healing through the Wesley Center. She artfully depicts the reality of her past and the present of others living in the area. 

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The People's Bank of Govanhill

BY AILIE RUTHERFORD
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

Ailie Rutherford’s collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works. Inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate local public space, she interrogates the way we form communities and connect to each other, working with people to exchange knowledge and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now. Her current work The People’s Bank of Govanhill evolved from a residency at Govanhill Baths, Glasgow to become a long term collaborative research project on community currency. In an area frequently described as deprived, the project takes Govanhill’s existing alternative economy as its starting point, considering the diversity and richness of the local community as a form of wealth.