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The Beginning of Memory

BY MIGUEL GUITART, PH.D.
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

"The story of Buffalo is inextricably linked to the notion of memory. That memory is now in Danger."

In The Beginning of Memory from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Spanish architect and academic Miguel Guitart remembers the importance of Buffalo's signature past and visual legacy that has made the city unique, and compels the audience to slow down enough to observe it for themselves, together on a quest to find it's soul once more. In this beautiful poetic performance, he shares a series of ephemeral photos of the city, titled "Americana" with music by Philippe Rombi and excerpts of Laurie Anderson's "The Beginning of Memory", illustrating that despite PechaKucha's fixed format, presentations can take all forms.  

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. 

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Art Barge: Trans Empire Canal Corporation

BY ERIKA ABBONDANZIERI
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

Erika Abbondanzieri, AIA
Watts Architecture & Engineering
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Trans Empire Canal Corporation [aka TECCORP]

Erika Abbondanzieri is a member of the Trans Empire Canal Corporation [TECCORP] team, which, in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, New York), has launched the “art barge” project. TECCORP aims to purpose art as a resource to examine the complex ways the Erie Canal has shaped and continues to shape our political, cultural and economic realities.

To learn more about TECCORP, visit www.teccorp.org.

To learn more about the Burchfield Penney Art Center, visit www.burchfieldpenney.org.

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Out of Plane

BY DANIEL VRANA
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

Daniel Vrana
Adjunct Researcher, 
Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
 
The research presented in Daniel Vrana's Out of Plane examines the potential for kinetic expanding geometries to be used as a means of rationalization for complex curvature. Utilizing origami assemblies, a technique of manipulating internal forces acting on individual units is used rather than controlling the system’s form externally, inducing small shifts that inform the larger, global form changes that are able to occur.  
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The Politics of Type

BY CARIMA EL-BEHAIRY
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"Typography influences every day decisions, perceptions and opinions, so why would it not influence the most important decision a nation makes – electing a leader?"

In The Politics of Type from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, partner of Buffalo-based P22 Type Foundry, Inc., Carima El-Bahairy breaks down the relationship between political campaign typography and campaign results. From Abraham Lincoln to Richard Nixon to Barack Obama to the 2016 Presidential Candidates, El-Bahairy presents an analysis of the effectiveness of various graphic identities employed on campaign buttons, bumper stickers and logos. She even predicts some 2016 winners based on their logos...time will tell!

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Playing with Colour

BY BACKOFFICE (CORYN KEMPSTER & JULIA JAMROZIK)
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"Colour often comes down to strategically finding the moments that change in a faster time scale." 

In Playing with Colour from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, the artist/designer team of Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster (known as BACKOFFICE) talk about their recent project, LINE GARDEN. In 2014 Jamrozik and Kempster used 500 wooden stakes to weave a mile of colourful plastic barrier tape into an occupiable, abstract field at the International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens/Les Jardins de Métis. They speak about the making of the installation, LINE GARDEN, and it’s adaptation for the 2015 edition of the festival, together with other related projects.

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Sharing Landscapes

BY AARON OTT
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"We're increasingly looking at our landscapes in ways that, when we share them, we can also have an active dialogue about how they change."

In Sharing Landscapes from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, Curator of Public Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Aaron Ott, talks about specific examples of public artworks that alter our perception and usage of shared environments. Ott reviews his experience working with the Collections at the Albright-Knox and discusses inspiring works that highlight his interest in creating environmental spaces that reframe our relationship with our shared landscapes.

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Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater

BY PAT KEWLEY
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"The world's first movie theater was in Buffalo, New York."

In Buffalo Vitascope: The Story of the World's First Movie Theater from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, comedian and cartoonist Pat Kewley tells the true story of Vitascope Hall, which opened on Buffalo, New York's Main Street in 1896 and was likely the world's first permanent, specially constructed movie theater. Using period photographs, newspaper clippings, and his own cartoon drawings, Kewley spreads the word about Buffalo's amazing & unique place in film history, touching on the early days of moviegoing, the first films, and the unsung Buffalonians who helped pioneer the film industry in our own backyard.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2016. 

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A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects

BY ANG LI
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"A wall and a column...what they have in common is an interest in looking at the cultural agency of traditional building materials and their ability to speak."

In A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Peter Reyner Banham Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Ang Li presents a pair of site specific installations that explore the cultural agency of vernacular building materials. Horror Vacui is an installation in Lisbon, Portugal that examines the ability of building facades to “speak” through the medium of the Portuguese “azulejo” - hand-painted ceramic tiles often depicting scenes from historic or civic events. The piece explores the narrative potential of bricks and mortar within contemporary image sharing and crowdsourcing platforms. No Frills is an installation in Buffalo, New York that stems out of an interest in the industrialized production of terracotta in the 19th century as a new kind of ornamental language. In a semi-abandoned Chevrolet Factory by the architect Albert Kahn, a 13-foot column interrupts the existing grid of the assembly floor,  acting as a bridge between the vast scale of obsolete industry and the human scale of the architectural ornament.

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The Story of Buffalo BookBike

BY AMY OZAY
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We need to bring the fun back to reading, and rolling up with a book bike might be a way to do that.” 

In The Story of Buffalo BookBike from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Founder of Buffalo BookBike in Buffalo, NY, Amy Ozay, talks about her love of Buffalo, books, and bikes. Taking inspiration from similar programs in other cities, she launched Buffalo BookBike in 2015, which gives free books to the children of Buffalo in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer months. The BookBike has given away over 1,000 books to date, with the hopes of slowing down the summer slide. Her dream is to increase the reach of the BookBike, foster more collaboration between local literacy organizations, and help convert Buffalo parks to open air libraries in the future. As Cicero wrote, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 

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Collage City

BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."

In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.

 

SITEWIDE Search Results: “Buffalo”

Nick Bruscia
Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Architecture in Buffalo
Joanna Gillespie
Independent Art Consultant, Project Manager, Co-Director PechaKucha Buffalo in Buffalo

PAST VOL 1

Buffalo @ Soundlab
Nov 11, 2006

PAST VOL 2

Buffalo @ Soundlab
Feb 02, 2007

PAST VOL 3

Buffalo @ Soundlab
Apr 21, 2007

PAST VOL 5

Buffalo @ Soundlab
Oct 12, 2007

PAST VOL 9

Buffalo @ WNYBAC - Western New York Book Arts Center
Feb 13, 2010

PAST VOL 10

Buffalo @ Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
Mar 24, 2011

PAST VOL 14

Buffalo @ The 9th Ward at Babeville
Nov 17, 2015

PAST VOL 15

Buffalo @ The 9th Ward at Babeville
Feb 04, 2016

PAST VOL 16

Buffalo @ The 9th Ward at Babeville
Apr 14, 2016

PAST VOL 17

Buffalo @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Sep 15, 2016

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Bringing a Big Boat Back to Life

BY LIZ MCENANEY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Liz McEnaney is an urban historian and preservatioist who has worked in exotic locales such as Maputo, New Delhi, and even New York City! She co-founded BldgBlok - an app that provides tourists with location-based historic content.

Liz's latest restoration project is a big one! The SS Columbia - America's oldest excursion steamship - is making its way back to the Hudson River - listen to her tale of bringing the ship back to life!

Learn more about the SS Columbia project here

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Buffalo Training School

BY CHUN HSIN LEE
@ VOL 30 ON SEP 24, 2016

水牛學校位於新竹縣,李春信希望讓孩子在自然的環境之下,親近水牛,體驗牧童生活、與牛相處,體驗土地的變化,也結合身體與色彩課程,發揮創意進行繪畫。

Buffalo Training School is located in Hsinchu County. CHUN HSIN LEE wishes to let children experience the life of a buffalo-herder by placing them in a natural environment with buffaloes. Along with the buffaloes, they experience changes in the land, while also developing their creativity in painting through a course that integrates body and color. 

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PKN Prague Vol. 11

For a look at the previous PechaKucha Night in Prague (Vol. 11), we try something a bit different, starting with a bit of a dialogue, written by organizer Jana Kostelecka. Take note that PKN Prague Vol. 12 will be held on April 16. A: Eleventh, it feels like going home from the first one was only yesterday. B: Yes, but yesterday wasn't a summer's eve. A: Hmm... but the amazement is exactly the same. B: Which was your favourite then? A: I loved Čestmír Suška's ability of seeing the most fragile beauty in the steel industrial waste, it was like multi-tonne easter eggs. B: When you look at the Zdeněk Ziegler posters where the fonts were hand-painted and collaged, one regrets that globalization moved on and that posters always come in one package with the films these days. You can hardly make an exhibition of the posters to one film these days. CTRL-C CTRL-V. A: I dreamed of fantasy worlds. Jakub Dvorský (Amanita Design). You live in a universe of the stub floating in the timeless space, inhabited with curious creatures and rockets made of cans of Kostelecke parky (sausages). Have you ever tried their game? …and the other chronicler of the insubstantial senses -- Alžběta Skálová. I wish I was a kid again, I remember my favourite illustrations were in the book Alice in Wonderland, but it was nothing like this. When we were small, there were too little books of unreal worlds and its inhabitants… …they came alive in the wicked pupetery of Martina Černá and Anna Issa Šotolová (Imagery). The rabbit-chicken teddy bear was kind of scary-funny. Moving down the rabbit hole. B: Then you have the too dark painters, the dark horor of gypsy folk songs in Ladislava Gažiová paintings and Vladimír Skrepl, the first AEROnaut. A: I fancied the book by Magdalena Kalistová on the green home. Only, the form does not correspond with the sense, so can there ever be beauty in green? And what about the architects? B: I am excited when I see people care about the landscape and public spaces, and restrain their greed for more in the means of expanding, in lieu of the quality of space. In this light, the A.LT work in Poznan is excellent. Jan Jehlík put his ideas on urbanism clear -- and it's not every day that you see a hand-painted presentation. A: I liked the simple garden resturant in the ZOO by FAM Architekti. B: Did you notice that the product designers at PechaKucha do toys? Are you seeing any connection between Jana's Zacharias or are they simply adorable. Adorable. HuberoKororo does a Dino Rocking Horse which reminded me of my blow-up buffalo of old. A: If I had studied hard, I would have been as knowledgeable as Jan H. Vitvar, and possibly would get the track of what Richard Loskot was doing with all the wiring. B: When is the next one? Čestmír Suška (sculptor) Čestmír Suška is working with steel and iron industrial waste, transforming its weighty substance into something airy, cutting out the borders of the space and letting the light in. He creates a possibility of meeting Richard Serra and Daniel Pirsc. Alžběta Skálová (illustrator and graphic designer) Alžběta Skálová is creating ethereal records of her feelings in dapples of pure colour which are comming alive. She is keyholing the soul and candidly letting it out. From the illustrations, you can smell the sea and hear the giggle of the creatures from the kitchen drawer, who wake up in the middle of the night. Alžběta is tightly collaborating with the children book publisher Baobab. Zdeněk Ziegler (graphic designer and typographer) Zdeněk Ziegler is best known for his film posters, of which he has created 274 between 1963 and 1989. It was the golden age of collage and hand-painted fonts. Imagine creating a poster to, say, Hitchcock's Birds, and having one smuggled in, magazine and a pencil in your hand. We are deep in the communist times, and the censorship is almighty. And still, you create super-temporal works. It can be thanks to the lack of readymade culture, and the almighty promotion of the film industry. Jakub Dvorský of Amanita Design (flash games, website, and vision designer) Amanita Design creates games from some kind of past universe, where you come accross the remains of a human civilisation grown back in nature. It creates a kind and snuggy world, floating in peace. You wake up into a dream with eyes wide open, and you can even meddle with its goings. It works in the most unpredictable and radiant way.

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PKN Posters: Buffalo Vol. 13

Buffalo, NY will be hosting their Vol. 13 evening in conjunction with the 66th Annual SAH (Society of Architectural Historians) Conference. The PKN Buffalo event will be held this Friday, April 12th in Ashbury Hall and will include presentations from architects, professors, urbanists, artists, and more.  To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

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PKN Posters: Aalen Vol. 13

This is no ordinary poster. It's a pos[pos[pos[poster]ter]ter]ter for Aalen's upcoming Vol. 13 evening. PKN Aalen will be held this Friday, April 12. Among the 12 presenters will be marketing professionals, designers, business coaches, and more!  To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

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Nick Bruscia

Not only is Nick Bruscia our PechaKucha Night organizer in Buffalo, he's also presented in Tokyo in the past, and at Wednesday's PechaKucha Night Vol. 115 (June 25) he'll once again share some of his research/architectural journeys. Watch Nick's previous presentation.バッファローのペチャクチャナイトのオーガナイザーNick Brusciaは以前も東京でプレゼンテーションしてくれましたが、今回6月25日Vol.115にまた帰ってきます。前回のように彼のリサーチや建築の旅について話してくれます。Nickの前回のプレゼンテーション。

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The Beginning of Memory

"The story of Buffalo is inextricably linked to the notion of memory. That memory is now in danger." In The Beginning of Memory from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Spanish architect and academic Miguel Guitart remembers the importance of Buffalo's signature past and visual legacy that has made the city unique, and compels the audience to slow down enough to observe it for themselves, together on a quest to find it's soul once more. In this beautiful poetic performance, he shares a series of ephemeral photos of the city, titled "Americana" with music by Philippe Rombi and excerpts of Laurie Anderson's "The Beginning of Memory", illustrating that despite PechaKucha's fixed format, presentations can take all forms.  

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A Number of Questionable Decisions

"What I focussed on was creating this building that could act like a binocular or a telescope to the landscape."In A Number of Questionable Decisions from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Architect with CannonDesign Michael Tunkey, shares the story of how after 18 years of traveling the world, he and his wide decided to return home to a small farm in Upstate NY to build a eautiful contemporary with a scenic view ...and all the trials and tribulations of doing so… hilarity ensues.

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Realizing Good Ideas

"It's not enough to have a good idea. To realize that good idea is very difficult, and that's what I work hard to do". In Realizing Good Ideas from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Chris Siano shares how he uses digital design and fabricatio to make things better, whether it is a public art installation, a student sculpture project, a building or a neighborhood. For the past twelve years he has served as an Instructional Support Technician in the University at Buffalo Department of Art. In 2005 he formed The Foundry Group Inc. - a company specializing in art and architectural fabrication. And in 2012, in partnership with his brother Matthew, he formed HES Properties - a real estate development company focusing on development of mixed-use properties on Buffalo's West Side. All of these endevours are conduits for great ideas in his community to come to fruition. 

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Confined Architectural Space and Psychological Unease

"I want to destabilize the viewer in relation to the work."In Confined Architectural Space and Psychological Unease from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, artist, sculpture, and professor, Gary Sczerbaniewicz's shares his practice involving an insatiable fascination with interior architectural spaces that evoke a sense of psychological unease. This compulsion toward an aesthetics of anxiety leads him to fabricate confined space environments which include-scale shifts-using architectural models seamlessly blended into full–sized structures - into which the viewer is invited to physically enter and explore.

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City Focus: Buffalo

PechaKucha's City Focus heads to the New York's "Queen City", AKA, "The City of No Illusions, AKA "Nickel City", "The City of Good Neighbors." No matter what you call it, PKN Buffalo runs hands-down a top-notch event. Check our presentations from their recentl Vol. 16. 

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PechaKucha People: William Helm

Photographer, Architect, and this week's PechaKucha People, William (Bill) Helm calls El Paso his adopted hometown - having lived there for most of the past 20 years. Bill was first introduced to PechaKucha at a lecture Mark Dytham gave while finishing his architecture thesis at the University at Buffalo in 2006. Shortly thereafter he gave his first 20x20 presentation at PechaKucha Buffalo Vol 2 before returning back to his beloved city of El Paso to continue the conversation. In 2008, with the help of a few friends in the local design community, Bill launched PechaKucha Night in El Paso in a land that was thirsty for the level of creative discourse that PechaKucha Night had to offer. In the years that have followed, Bill started In*Situ Architecture — which has grown over the past four years to be one of the leading design firms in the city. He has grown PechaKucha partnerships in the El Paso community over the subsequent years as well to include collaborative events across the national border with PechaKucha Juarez. Bill and his community partners are currently planning for PechaKucha El Paso Vol 13.