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Message in a Bottle

BY GEORGE BOORUJY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

George Boorujy was born and bred in New Providence New Jersey, and now lives in Brooklyn, along with almost everyone else. He is represented by P.P.O.W. gallery in New York, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. 

Check out George's project, New York Pelagic, here!

Read about the bottle that washed up on a beach in France here!

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

BY NICHOLAS RAJKOVICH
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 

 

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Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley

BY LAUREN MAPLES
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

"Teaching kids about food is a way to teach them about everything."

In Educating with Food in the Hudson Valley at PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16Lauren Maples walks us through the importance and strength of a sustainable, natural, and health-conscious education. While teaching yoga and dance in public schools, she developed the Bija approach - which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience. 

Lauren has danced with internationally acclaimed ballet companies including San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet, and holds a BA from New School. 

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Let's Build a City

BY VIRGIL IERUBINO
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 13, 2016

Virgil Ierubino asks if you could build a city from the ground up, how would you do it? I don't just mean the buildings. By 'city' I mean the collection of humans and facilities and services and systems that collectively form a functioning society. Would you make different decisions than those which are made for us, all around us, every day? Or, realising that this question assumes you are in a position of considerable power, maybe you'd just go nuts?

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 11th, 2017. 

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Time and Tide

BY JO ATHERTON
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 27, 2016

Artist Jo Atherton highlights the diversity of plastic objects washing ashore on the British coastline, and how the ubiquity of this material enables us to reinterpret stories of our time. Millions of years ago, fuelled by sunlight, marine plankton flourished and then settled on the ocean floor, slowly transforming into oil. This same oil is used to produce the endless plastic objects that dominate our everyday lives. When inked and printed, plastic flotsam fragments bear a stark resemblance to the rich diversity of microscopic marine life - a worrying and ironic connection to a beautiful natural process. 

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Spirit Fairies and Fish Skins

BY BRYNNE RINDERKNECHT
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

When a psychic tells you to take a trip to Scotland do you go? Design Principal Brynne Rinderknecht did! Find out what happens in her presentation from PK NY Vol 17..

Brynne Rinderknecht of From the Inside creates residential, commercial and hospitality interiors with a focus on connecting spirits to surroundings. Originally from ST. Louis and a graduate of SAIC in Chicago, Brynne has made New York City home: collaborating with people to make functional and sustainable concepts—conscious.

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Dance is the BEST

BY ERIK THURMOND
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Eric Thurmond is often asked what it means to be a dancer...to which he wonders if people understand what dance actually is. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he explains the four elements of dance, with some live demonstrations! 

Erik is a performer from Snellville, Georgia. He has danced all over the world and shown his work in Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Houston, Detroit and New York City. His work centers around ideas of obsession, control and desire.

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Hacking the Office

BY WES ROZEN
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Wes Rozen is one of the founding partners of SITU Studio, where he leads some of the company's more experimental projects - including interdisciplinary collaborations with artists, filmmakers, and environmental organizations.  Wes takes us through the new Google Creative Lab offices in NY.

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Bird, Meet Skyscraper

BY DEBRA KRIENSKY
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

Conservation biologist and bird lover Debra Kriensky discusses the importance of bird safety in architectural design in this PechaKucha presentation for NY Build. 

Debra Kriensky works at NYC Audubon - where she works on conservation and research programs as a staff conservation biologist. Debra holds a BA in communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA in conservation biology from Columbia University. 

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Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm

BY MARIA AIOLOVA
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

"Eating bugs is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the future!"

In "Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol. 18, architect Maria Aiolova discusses her obsession with cricket farming. Her firm, Terreform ONE, built a sustainable insect shelter on site to conduct extensive research on crickets - studying their growth, social development, and reproductive habits...before harvesting the adults and turning them into tasty treats!

Maria is an architect, educator, designer, and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities, sustainable urban infrastructure, water, transportation, and waste. Maria is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on future cities.

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Humanity and the Environment

There will be a one-off PechaKucha event happening this Wednesday (April 27) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Organized by the Avant-Gardening Club, the theme is "Humanity and the Environment," and you'll find the list of presenters on the flyer above.

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The Psychological Impact of the Architectural Environment and Admiring the Paintings of Mikhail Vrubel

In his presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 14), Juan Calvo uses a series of projects to explain and illustrated the psychological impact of the architectural environment. As you'll be able to tell after watching this presentation (in Ukrainian, from PKN Kyiv Vol. 7), Tatiana Tsvelodub is quite passionate about Mikhail Vrubel, an artist of the late 19th century. You'll see his paintings of St. Cyril's Church, St. Vladimir's Cathedral, and St. Sophia.

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Sustainable development

Viacheslav Rudnytskiy is trainer at Success Technology Training Company in Dniproperovsk, Ukraine and he travels all over the world. After last trip he considered why there are clean streets in one place and dirty streets in another place. Theory of sustainable development is based on combination of economy, environment and social community factors of every phenomenon. 

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The Beauty of the Derelict

In today's Presentation of the Day, "The Beauty of the Derelict" from PKN New Westminster Vol. 1, Eric Pattison examines the beauty that can be found in derelict and abandoned buildings, from well-preserved wallpapers and decorations from decades past, to degraded metals and woods, and the environment they can create. He talks about the restoration process, and some of the discoveries he has made along the way.  

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The Psychological Impact of the Architectural Environment

Whether you can put it to words or not, space has a profound effect on our psyche. Where do you feel most comfortable? Architect Juan Calvo uses a series of projects to explain (at PKN Miami Vol. 15) and illustrate the psychological impact the surrounding environment can have on the viewer when walking through or around a structure. He shows us that the blending of architectural and natural elements can evoke a deep sense of belonging. His full spiel: "The Psychological Impact of the Architectural Environment"

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Landscape-told Stories

What secrets are yet untold by your environment?  Janet Stephenson presents (at PKN Dunedin Vol. 20) us with numerous idyllic photographs of the New Zealand tussock grasslands, and encourages us to question the subtle inconsistencies found within her photographs. In "Landscape-told Stories" she speaks specifically on the small creeks or "races" lining the hillsides, and at first inquires as to why they exist -- she then delves into the mysteries nature unveils.

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Thirtieth PechaKucha Miami Draws 300 Fans

World Red Eye covers PechaKucha Miami City of the Future. Miami, FL – February 20, 2015 – Innovation & Engineering Weekend at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science continued with a fascinating City of the Future PechaKucha Night 20×20 presentation, a speaker format in which 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. Local young professionals and key tastemakers were invited by the Frost Science Young Patrons to enjoy an evening of fun in an intellectual atmosphere. The night begun with a welcome from Gillian Thomas, CEO and President of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, followed by the PechaKucha presenters which included Camille Coley, J.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Interim Director of Sponsored Research for Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center; Meg Daly, Founder and President of The Underline; Stephen Davis III, Ph.D., Wetland Ecologist for the Everglades Foundation; Trevor Powers, Vice President of Engineering & Facilities of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science; and David Rifkind, Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida International University. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed libations courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, Mandarine Napoléon, ZIOBAFFA, Lucky Buddha and Lemon City Tea, music by Dani Nicole, and gifts from Aesop, while making their very own pottery through a special Maker’s activity. The evening concluded by the “raku” kiln fire while the pottery was cured for guests to take home.

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PechaKucha Night Townsville Volume 9, REEF

Millions of tourists visit the reef each year to experience this complex paradise, teeming with life above and below the water - we got to experience a rich part of our landscape, the inspiration, challenges, blemishes and tenacity that our reef holds for all of us.  A big thank you to all of our champions of the reef! Come and join us for VOL. 10 on December 3 for some more about the reef, love, design and other things... "In the Great Barrier Reef, corals set the patterns of life from end to end," says Charlie Veron    

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Environmentalism in Art

"Environmentalism [in art] takes things a step beyond representation." In Environmentalism in Art from PechaKucha Night Townsville Vol. 9, curator Eric Nash shines the spotlight on a collection of artists whose works take on humanity's deep connection to our natural environment. Showing examples ranging from oil paintings depicting the effects of climate change to inspiring sculptures made from salvaged beach rubbish, Nash shares how the tradition of creatively expressing our place and our effect in the natural world continues. A selection of the some of the well-known and close-to-home artworks and artists featured here will be exhibited in the Perc Tuker Gallery this December.

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Environmentalism in Art

"Environmentalism [in art] takes things a step beyond representation." In Environmentalism in Art from PechaKucha Night Townsville Vol. 9, curator Eric Nash shines the spotlight on a collection of artists whose works take on humanity's deep connection to our natural environment. Showing examples ranging from oil paintings depicting the effects of climate change to inspiring sculptures made from salvaged beach rubbish, Nash shares how the tradition of creatively expressing our place and our effect in the natural world continues.