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Elaine Yolam Kwong

Architect and Urban Designer, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century

PRESENTED ON SEP 27, 2017
IN TOKYO @ VOL 150

"My thesis is to rethink how to plan cities in the future and reveal that these vernacular settlements are not frozen in time."

In "Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century" from PechaKucha Tokyo Vol. 150, Architect Elaine Kwong, backed by success stories of today’s fastest-growing urban collectives in China, shares with us fresh perspectives of the term ‘vernacular’.

Elaine spent the last couple of years at Harvard University researching alternate ways of urban development that can enable people to be agents of their environments rather than passive beneficiaries or victims.

建築家のElaine Kwongさんは、ハーバード大学で数年過ごした後、社会に対し積極的に環境について伝えるため、都市開発の代替方法を研究しました。 今日の中国で急成長している都市集団の成功事例研究に裏打ちされ、Elaineさんは私たちと共に「vernacular」という言葉の新しい視点を共有したいと考えています。

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Urban City Development in China

BY THOMAS HUSSEY
@ VOL 25 ON MAR 05, 2013

Thomas Hussey talks about China's current growth in urbanization. Although there are several challenges, such as outdated buildings, over-engineered highways, and pollution to deal with, they hope to redevelop the city, connect cities together, and create new cities entirely that would come to be potential solutions to those probelms. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 6, 2014. 

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Forever Weird, and Not So Clear

BY ED KEEGAN
@ VOL 32 ON DEC 02, 2014

"Exploring the successful intersection of nature and design is THE challenge of the 21st century. Where does nature end and architecture begin?"

Writer and architect Ed Keegan tells us just why Chicago architecture is so weird. Ed delves into the history behind Chicago’s architectural oddities and ultimately concludes these unique spaces are a good thing. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 17, 2015.

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Urban Textile Landscapes

BY COLLEEN CLINES
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

Colleen Clines, Co-Founder & CEO of Anchal Project & dyeScape in Louisville, discusses how bringing together her passion for urban spatial design and social entrepreneurship is addressing vacant land in the city.

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Starting a Newsweekly. In the 21st Century. Seriously.

BY TRICIA BATEMAN
@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

In the days before Knoxville's urban revitalization, the Metro Pulse weekly paper became a catalyst for conversations which had a positive effect on the city's future. Now Knoxville is primed for the next wave of success beyond downtown and yet there is silence when those conversations are needed most. The core staff of the former Metro Pulse is launching a new paper. As the largest independent, locally-focused paper with the most experienced staff in town, the Knoxville Mercury will facilitate new conversations about our future, provide the city with investigative journalism, give voice to underserved communities and illuminate the region's history and unique culture. This presentation will provide insights on the development of paper and share some sneak peaks of the design that will be nearing completion in mid-February.

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Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture

BY ESTHER GERRARD
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 22, 2015

In "Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture" From PechaKucha Night Dublin Vol. 8, based on her previous research, Landscape Architect Esther Gerrard talks about her ideas regarding "green spaces" and "urban acupuncture" to explore how they can be utilized to view public space differently. 

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Placemaking: Urban design as a catalyst for change

BY DAVID WITTY
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 30, 2016

Dave Witty is VIU’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) affiliated with numerous national planning and architecture institutes. In his presentation, titled "Placemaking: Urban design as a catalyst for change," Dave walks us along a possible path for positive change right here in Nanaimo. 
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Urban[e] Objects

BY WOODBURY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
@ VOL 136 ON JUN 02, 2016

A cohort of Architecture Students from Woodbury University elected Tokyo to conduce fieldwork studies by the theme  Urban[e] Objects. The research proposes new residential strategies through the translation of objects that can exist simultaneously in multiple scales: as a tea-cup or as an urban building. Their research deploys the use of isometric drawings and urban transects and inspiration derived by traditional Japanese drawing techniques to investigate questions of authenticity, translation of vernacular making methods, and interiority and apply them to contemporary challenges of shelter.

 

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It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

BY NINA CHASE
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

"We're showing citizens what they're buying before they write the final check."

In It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping from PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 25, Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation. She shares the power of prototyping and the impact design have in the communication between public spaces, the city council and the community. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 18th, 2017. 

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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.