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Realizing Good Ideas

BY CHRISTOPHER SIANO
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

"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. 14Chris 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. 

Cover image: Fabricated by Chris Siano and The Foundry Group, Inc., 2015 for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Jene Highstein's Black Mound (Turtle).

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, January 7th, 2016.

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The De-Institution: Or. How to Make A Contemporary Arts Space with no Capital, Networks or Cred

BY DANA MCKNIGHT
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"Number 1. Be an ornery artist. You're mad. You went to art school. You go to shows in basements and living rooms. You are the poster child of the scurvy-laced bohemia. Your parents can't pay your rent."

In The De-Institution: Or. How to Make A Contemporary Arts Space with no Capital, Networks or Cred from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, artist and founder of Dreamland Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Dana Mcknight, illustrates twenty steps to carving out a cutting-edge, artist-run space outside of the dominant, institutional realm. Mcknight cautions, "To be an institution is to own-- ­­­to place value on possession rather than action. To fixate on conservative contentment rather than Hope and Possibility. Artist-led spaces fizzle out all the time. Let us not leave behind the phoenix eggs to merely touch a tusk in the Elephant graveyard." 

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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.

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Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78

BY FRANK PALEN, ESQ., AICP
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

“Think of me as a time traveler. I’m going to take you back to a place called Buffalo in the 1970s.”

In Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78 from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, attorney and urban renewal advocate, Frank Palen, recalls the creation of a historic district for theatre and culture from a once abandoned rust belt urban core. From 1977 to 1979, Palen was Research Associate in the Center for Community Research and Development at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design, serving as Coordinator of the Buffalo Entertainment District Project. The University at Buffalo’s graduate studio investigated the potential of promoting a theater district in what was then an increasingly abandoned section of Downtown, despite various setbacks and a challenging political climate. The result was a very high-profile effort that set an agenda for the redevelopment of Buffalo that continues today.

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Rethinking Resettlement

BY ERKIN ÖZAY
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"How can we make our endeavors clear and approachable enough that we can actually contribute to the public debate at a very high level?"

In Rethinking Resettlement from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, Erkin Özay, reviews some of the social and design issues involved in rehousing and supporting Buffalo, New York's new Americans. Özay's Spring 2016 UB graduate studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, as well as the role of supporting institutions, community assets, and reimagining the existing housing stock. Özay's project investigates "compassionate urbanism." He is interested in how groups of limited means--new and existing residents--support each other through careful intersections. 

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Buffalo Niagara by Design

BY ROBERT G. SHIBLEY
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"What was I thinking when I came to Buffalo? ... I was coming to join a social movement in our city and region, and I dove in head first."

In Buffalo Niagara Design from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Dean and Professor of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Robert Shibley, recounts his recruitment to Buffalo as Department Chair, 35 years ago. Upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the department, Shibley discusses his work with architecture and planning students, faculty and community members on various urban planning projects in the region. Across an arc of a quarter century, the UB Urban Design Project and the UB Regional Institute have been key players in the evolution of a broad regional planning framework.

 

SITEWIDE Search Results: “community action”

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Inspire Japan Channel

Just 4 weeks after the events of 3/11 in Japan, the worldwide PechaKucha community came together to "Inspire Japan." Over $85,000 was raised for Architecture for Humanity and ArchiAid during a non-stop 24-hour PechaKucha event that circled the globe. The process of re-growth is ongoing, and presentations will continue to be added as we continue to inspire.

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Global Cities Week Channel

Our 2012 global event had the goal of celebrating every PechaKucha Night city, worldwide. It was a weeklong celebration (February 20-26) that brought all PechaKucha organizers, presenters, and attendees together, with a focus on highlighting all of the amazing cities that make up the global PechaKucha community.

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Powered by PechaKucha Channel

"Powered by PechaKucha" events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and that are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events. These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format.

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Architecture for Humanity Channel

Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, that has been building a better future through the power of design for the past 15 years. We provide architecture, planning and project management services including construction management and post-occupancy analysis, and facilitate community engagement throughout each project. At the core of our mission, we believe everyone deserves access to the benefits of good design.

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Inspire Nepal Channel

After the events of the April 2015 Nepal earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire Nepal". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Nepal here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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Inspire Christchurch Channel

After the events of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the worldwide PechaKucha community has come together to "Inspire New Zealand". The road to recovery is a long one, and you can help inspire regrowth by sharing your story of Christchurch here. Get in touch with us via inspire@pechakucha.org.

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Creating community conversations for climate change action

BY SANDY MCCATHIE
IN TOWNSVILLE

Sandy McCathie is a sustainability advisor, who finds peace in nature, adores her family, and has recently returned from Heron Island where she snorkelled with turtles and manta rays. Encouraging others, Sandy reminds people that Global Warming is real, and reminds us that the present deeply effects the future. Trying to bring the community of Townsville, the goal is to start using economical friendly technology and result in the global temperature to drop by 2050. 

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Citizens Against Mining Ben Lomond

BY DAVID SEWELL
IN TOWNSVILLE

David is from Citizens Against Mining Ben Lomond (CAMBL) that was formed to alert the public of the dangers this mine presents to Public Health if allowed to re-open. After the March 11th disasters in Fukushima, was a reminder to citizens of Townsville of their own history with nuclear waste and how toxic and life threatening it is, to both enviroment and people. 

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Water Management in Action

BY SARVJEET SINGH GYANI
@ VOL 2 ON JUL 25, 2015

Sarvjeet Singh Gyani, business owner with a passion for environment, shares his story of 'water management in action'.

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Saving Lincoln Center

BY MIGUEL JUAREZ
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

Miguel Juarez's presentation documents a group of community organizers' efforts to save Lincoln Center from demolition.  Miguel situates the history of Lincoln Center and it's role in the community through the history of the creation of El Paso's freeways in the mid-1960s — intersecting at the Lincoln Park community in South Central El Paso.

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Dakota Rural Action

BY TONY HELLAND
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 02, 2016

In "Dakota Rural Action" from PechaKucha Sioux Falls Vol.19, SD Tony Helland's love of the state and region runs deep. He grew up loving the outdoors, bicycling, and creating and performing music. Over the past two years Tony has expanded his interests toward the environment, sustainable energy, and civic engagement. These interests were brought to the fore after joining with Dakota Rural Action. Since then he has been fortunate to travel all across region, meeting new friends and learning the pressing issues they face. Tony’s current areas of engagement include water quality, oil and gas infrastructure, and the state legislature. One thing he’s learned through this is that it is only through building personal relationships and community involvement that positive change will be seen.

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How to Accidentally Help Save a Heritage Building

BY WINSTON PEI
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 29, 2016

"We have these things we're passionate about up and down, but we don't actually reach sideways and acknowledge all the other cool stuff that people do. And that's what actually allowed us to save this building."

Winston Pei shares an inspiring story about saving a historic church in downtown Edmonton. It started with the simple act of joining a choir, but rippled outwards into a process of collective action that highlights the transformative power trying something new.

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The Adventures of Jace, a photo odyssey featuring an action figure I have from the game Magic the Gathering

BY KATIE BOYER
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 01, 2016

Katie Boyer is the head of Teen Services at the Benton Harbor Public Library. She is also the creator of an online photo odyssey, dubbed The Adventures of Jace, featuring Jace, an action figure have from the game 'Magic the Gathering'.

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Un patrimonio que nos conecta a todos

BY ROSAMIRA GUILLÉN
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 22, 2016

Rosamira Guillén es una Arquitecta Paisajista que trabaja desde el Caribe por los titís cabeciblancos. Su educación y trabajo la han llevado visitar diferentes países y establecer alianzas con socios internacionales, pero sobre todo con las comunidades locales. Nos hablará del patrimonio que nos conecta a todos.

 

Rosamira Guillén is a Landscape Architect who works from the Caribbean to protect cottom-top tamarins. Her work has led her to visit different countries and establish alliances with international partners, but especially with local communities. She will tell us about the heritage that connects us all.

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Challenging a Confirmation Bias

BY LUCAS CHANG
@ VOL 15 ON JUN 09, 2017

“So you have a choice. If you choose to see teens as more than just kids, help them find their inner awesomeness. Mentor them. Coach them. Listen to them. But let them do it because they can.”

Lucas Chang, co-founder of Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs and a co-lead of Startup York, shares how teens and pre-teens are shaping our future by making positive changes and differences in the community. 

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Creating Community Glue

The last presentation of the week, "Creating Community Glue" by Lee Ann Johnson, comes to us from PechaKucha Night in Gibsons Vol. 1.Town Councillor, Lee Ann Johnson, talks about innovation and imagination in Gibsons, BC. Creativity is the incredible glue that holds the community together.

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Making Our Community

In "Making Our Community," the Coles -- the father and son team of Adam and Ian -- walk us through a few father-son projects you've probably only dreamed of producing. We think you'll agree, science sure can be fun. It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Miami Vol. 14.

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Protecting a Community, An Ecosystem

When Karen Tam Wu began her work in forest ethics, she never expected to be standing up to the CEO of the Shell Oil Company. What began with the company setting up three fracking stations near the headwaters in northern British Columbia, became a community-led campaign to stop the oil company from poisoning the groundwater that is so crucial to the surrounding area. In "Protecting a Community, An Ecosystem" from PKN Vancouver Vol.28, hear Karen tell her story of trial and eventual triumph. 

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Community Minded

"Powered by PechaKucha" events are one-off events held separately from regular PechaKucha Night series, and we'd like to highlight the wonderful charity-minded presentations from the recent "BCCJ Community Hub" event in Tokyo.

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Barn Quilts: Art in the Community

"We want our project to be more than pretty. We want to be a positive addition to the community."In Barn Quilts: Art in the Community from Accident Vol. 3, Cheryl DeBerry discusses the Barn Quilt project which started in Ohio and as spread across America. Cheryl and others brought this art movement to Garrett County, Maryland. This project spruces up barns, encourages artists, and brings the community together. Enjoy!

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Community Participation and Architecture

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New Orleans, Vol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

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Instigating a Community

"We love that warm fuzzy feeling of being together."In Instigating a Community  from PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 8, RJ Juneau, a scout Leader, founder of Maxxian, and instigator of y-lab maker group discusses how despite the claim from many that the internet obviates the need people to get together, in reality it allows us to build new communities faster than ever before.

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How My Search for Community Brought Me Back Home

"I have met some of the greatest people in the process..how my search for community brought me back home." In "How My Search for Community Brought Me Back Home", fromPechaKucha Night Batavia Vol.3, Danielle Hollis, recently moved back to her hometown of Batavia. As an excecutive Director of Water Street Studios, a not-for-profit community arts centre, defines community through a series of personal life events. She invites us all to "trust the process" as we all search for ways to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.

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How My search For Community Brought Me Back Home

"I have met some of the greatest people in the process.. How my search for community brought me back home." In "How My Search for Community Brought Me Back Home", from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol.3, Danielle Hollis, invites us all to "trust the process" as we all search for ways to feel like a part of something bigger than ourselves. Danielle has recently moved back to her hometown of Batavia. As an excecutive Director of Water Street Studios, a not-for-profit community arts centre, defines community through a series of personal life events. 

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Barn Quilts : Art in the Community

"We want our project to be more than pretty. We want to be a positive addition to the community." Barn Quilts: Art in the Community from Accident Vol. 3, Cheryl DeBerry discusses the Barn Quilt project which started in Ohio and has spread across America. Cheryl and others brought this art movement to Garrett County, Maryland. This project spruces up barns, encourages artists, and brings the community together.