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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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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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Reactivating the NoLi Neighborhood

BY RICHARD YOUNG
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

Richard Young, with the North Limestone Community Development Corporation, presents on their work to transform a disinvested neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky. Showcasing the power to rehabilitate neighborhoods by asking what the neighborhood wants and needs, and then delivering.

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How to survive getting older?

BY LUDO HELLEMANS
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

How to survive getting older? That is the question asked by Ludo Hellemans. We are facing an ageing society, especially here in Limburg. The demographic change poses new challenges for the entire society. It is not only a challenge for the elderly but also for younger citizens.

Ludo has a solution for this challenge, a new form of community housing for citizens over 50, located right in the middle of the city holding two core characteristics: mutual support to ensure autonomy of the residents and sustained interaction with the neighbourhood.

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New York via Bike Share

BY SIOBHÁN BRETT
@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

"It's a straightforward and exciting way of getting around...There's not too many drawbacks with a Citi Bike."

In New York via Bike Share at PechaKucha Night New York Vol. 16Siobhan Brett talks about her love-hate relationship with bicycling via Citi bike, a bike-share program in New York City. Siobhan reviews the different generations of Citi-Bike, and shares stories about the social connections she's made while riding.

Siobhan is a reporter/writer and editor, living and working in New York City. She was born in Alabama, and grew up in Connecticut and the west of Ireland. 

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Michls Knie - Platz für Nachbarschaft?

BY FLORIAN OBERFORCHER
@ VOL 11 ON NOV 17, 2016

Was Schönes und Wertvolles entstehen kann, wenn zwei Menschen bemerken, dass sie in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft voneinander wohnen, ohne das bisher gewusst zu haben... Was entstehen kann, wenn ein paar wenige Menschen mehr Menschen aktivieren, wenn Talente genutzt werden und Feste gemeinsam gefeiert werden, das zeigt Florian Oberforcher an Michls Knie. 

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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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Rethinking the Newark Waterfront

BY JAE SHIN
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Architectural and urban designer Jae Shin talks in this PechaKucha presentation about how we might advocate for accountable development of our cities through imaginative, community-focused design and planning practices. 

Jae Shin is a partner at Hector, an urban design, planning & civic arts studio, where recent projects have included a memorial for an eco-feminist nun, a riverfront park, and a large-scale exhibition commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark, NJ, including a crowd-sourced scale model. Jae has recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at New York City Housing Authority, where she facilitated the agency’s efforts to define and implement design principles for safe, clean and connected communities. As an educator, Jae has led design studios at New Jersey Institute of Technology & Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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Vertical Community Building

BY WESTON WALKER
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Wes Walker uses his 20x20 presentation to discuss architectural responsibility to create moments of human interaction - using Studio Gang Architect's recent projects to highlight social justice and community building by developing methods to occupy the exterior of a building.

Weston Walker is an architect and Design Principal at Studio Gang. He came to New York from Chicago in 2014 to establish the studio’s office in lower Manhattan, which has now grown to a staff of 22 with projects both locally and internationally. His current work includes a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History, a new FDNY firehouse in Brooklyn, a boutique office tower along the High Line, and a residential high-rise in Toronto.

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Maps as a Tool for Perception

BY GABRIEL GIANORDOLI
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Gabriel Gianordoli discusses humanizing data through mapping - and how maps can be used as a tool to reflect data in different perspectives in this PechaKucha presentation for NYCxDesign.

Gabriel is a designer and developer from Brazil, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with both print and digital media, with experiences ranging from editorial to UX design. His work is focused on information design and interaction. He is currently a Creative Researcher at The Office for Creative Research, a hybrid research group working at the intersection of technology, culture, and education.

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PKN Providence Vol. 8

Last week's PechaKucha Night in Providence Vol. 8 had the theme of "social entrepreneurship," and organizer Stephanie Gerson fills us on the evening that was. October 28th, 2009 witnessed our 8th PechaKucha Night in Providence. (Indeed, we coincided with Pittsboro, North Carolina, Tromsø, Norway, and of course, the big Design Week PechaKucha Night in Tokyo!) Our theme was social entrepreneurship, which was chosen to generate momentum for the Social Enterprise Summit at Bryant University on November 12th, and for an exciting announcement about Providence that Ashoka – the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the world – will be making at the Summit. We were wowed by an impressive diversity of local social entrepreneurs, but if I must select a few to highlight, allow me to plug two who’ll be part of the Summit. Graduating senior from Brown and Runa co-founder Charlie Harding described Runa, a hybrid for-profit and non-profit foundation based in Providence and Ecuador, that generates revenue from an energizing drink made of a native rainforest plant in order to conserve Amazonian ecosystems and provide sustainable employment for the local population. By virtue of producing (and in turn, consuming) Runa’s drink, native Amazonian people are employed and ecosystems stewarded. Family physician, community organizer, author, and (yes, and) Managing Director of Health Access RI Dr. Michael Fine discussed the trials and tribulations of national health care reform, the importance of primary care, and a brilliant yet simple model for providing primary care, namely Health Access RI, the first organization of subscription medical practices in the United States to provide affordable primary care to people without employer-provided health insurance. Dr. Fine announced HARI’s campaign to grow to 10,000 members by 2010, which will create the leverage necessary to bring a big insurer (like Blue Cross Blue Shield, or somebody new!) to sell inexpensive high-deductible major medical insurance in Rhode Island. This combination of primary care from Health Access RI and high-deductible insurance would give Rhode Islanders the health care they need – world-class primary care in our neighborhoods from our family doctors, along with financial protection in case of illness or injury. Both Runa and Health Access RI will be vendors in the Social Enterprise Summit’s Good Marketplace of socially responsible goods and services. But of course, all the presentations were fantastic, and if you’d like to check the work of eight local social entrepreneurs, the lineup can be found on the Providence city page. Yeehaw for social entrepreneurs in Providence!

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An Interview with PKN Salt Lake City Organizer Tristan Shepherd

We shared with you photos from Salt Lake City's Global Cities Week event (PechaKucha Night Vol. 7) a few days ago, and here's also an interview with organizer Tristan Shepherd. The article is originally from the CityWeekly, but as we were having trouble loading the link, we've included the entire interview in this post. PechaKucha Night Celebrates Salt Lake City Arts, Design, Beyond by Austen Diamond POSTED // 2012-02-23 -What makes Salt Lake City so great? Thirteen presenters will say their piece in 20 slides at 20 seconds each this Friday for PechaKucha Night. A sampling of the well-rounded crop of presenters include Tim Lee (senior exhibit designer Natural History Museum of Utah), Dan Christofferson (artist/Big Cartel Missionary), Prescott Muir (architect), to name a few. A full line-up and more information can be found here. Tristan Shepherd, Salt Lake City Organizer of PechaKucha Night, spoke with City Weekly about the event. PechaKucha Night @ The State Room, 638 S. State, Friday, Feb. 24, 6:30-11 p.m., $10 in advance, $15 day of show City Weekly: PechaKucha is a PowerPoint presentation style format where speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, and talk on a certain subject. Is it liberating to have such strict confinement? (either way, why have this style of talk?) Tristan Shepherd: The PechaKucha founders, Klein Dytham Architecture, knew that a mic in certain hands could lead to long-winded presentations, especially with a PowerPoint behind them. They knew they needed to come up with a way to keep presenters on topic and concise. The 20x20 format may seem restrictive at first, but I think it helps take out a few of the possibilities of how you might present a topic. That, I think, is liberating. To know that I only need to create 20 slides and have enough to say about that slide for 20 seconds. However, that really is the only restriction given to a presenter. Some take it quite literally, one image on a slide and they talk about that slide for 20 seconds and move on to the next. Other's manipulate the format to fit their story. One presenter used the same image for a few slides in a row so that he could talk about a particular image for longer than 20 seconds. We do allow some video clips, but try to keep them to 20 second clips. So, in that sense, the format is liberating in how a presenter chooses to work within the 20x20 format. CW: This local event is part of Global PechaKucha Week. What's that all about? TS: This week--starting Feb. 20--marks the ninth anniversary of the first PechaKucha Night in Tokyo. PechaKucha Headquarters have put together previous Global Events, usually centered around the anniversary. A PechaKucha Global event is where as many PechaKucha Night cities (currently 490) try to hold an event on the same day. The first Global Event they ran was designed as a fundraiser to support Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Last year, after the disaster in Japan, a Global Day for Japan was organized to raise money for relief efforts there. This year, they decided to hold a Global Cities Week to take some of the stress out of trying to have an event on a specific day. PechaKucha HQ asked that we try to theme the event and presentations around "our city." Usually, presenters are not asked to tailor their presentations around a specific theme. But in this case we want to know about the cool things that are happening in our city, or the cool places other people might not know about. Why do the presenters choose to live and work here? Tell us why Salt Lake City is great. Not every presenter is held to the "celebrate our city" theme, but all our presenters have a connection to our city, so in that respect just their presence at the event is a reason why Salt Lake City is worth celebrating. CW: I think if I was presenting, I'd recycle an idea I read about where the L.A. Times food writer reviewed every restaurant, in order, from his commute from home to work--for me, that would include Channon Thai, Moochie's, Cannela's, Copper Onion, to name a few. That'd be delicious. If you were presenting, what would you talk about? TS: Oh man, I'm always asked if I've presented (I haven't, I'm always too busy getting everything ready for all the other presenters.) Honestly, I'm not sure what I would present about, but I like your idea! I've been thinking about a food theme for a PechaKucha Night, even though we don't usually do themes. Want to present at a future event? On the PechaKucha website that have a section of old presentations. One of my favorites was a guy in St. Louis (I think) who did a presentation on all the best taco stands and restaurants in the city. It is funny, and totally informal, and just great. Anyway...what would I present...I'm an architect in training, but photography is also something I really enjoy. One of the reasons I decided to move here and go to school for architecture was the potential of the city and built environment. There are so many cool industrial buildings, vacant buildings, run-down buildings, vacant lots, historic structures, and just cool buildings and neighborhoods around our city. I don't think our city is fully utilizing these bits of architecture and urbanism. If I were presenting, I would have gone around and photographed as many of these places I could find and try to talk about potential uses for these places. Could something become a cool, hip new restaurant or shop. Maybe some under or misused buildings really want to be someone's house or condo. An old warehouse could become an indoor skate park or climbing gym. It would be a fun exercise to try and come up with these kinds of ideas for our city. CW: As I understand it, PechaKucha began as a way for architects to geek out on, well, architecture stuffs. But it has evolved to include people of all ages and interests. For this event, you've curated a DJ, the creator of Craft Lake City, a gallery owner, along with architects and designers. Talk about this broadening of scope. TS: I don't know exactly what the backgrounds were of the first PechaKucha Night presenters. But I can say this: of the 490 cities that have PechaKucha Night's, the original founders of PechaKucha Night have never asked someone to start a series in a city. PechaKucha is a grassroots movement that expresses a viral desire for people to share things they're passionate about. So, while it may have started with an architectural basis, I think almost everyone has a desire to share their work and talk about things they're proud of. PechaKucha Night gives you a reason to get into your city and share and connect with "real" people, to look someone in the face and say, "Hey, that was awesome, I love what you're doing!" PechaKucha allows you to break from your digital network and shake someone's hand. People have a desire to connect with others, and I think everyone generally responds positively to another who is genuinely passionate about what they're talking about. What intrigues me, and why we strive to always have a diverse range of presenters, is the possibility to learn from people who have a different background, or work in a different field than me. I like the idea that PechaKucha can expose people to things and ideas they might never come across in their typical day to day lives. At a PechaKucha Night, you can share a drink with people who do incredible things right here in our city. We recently had a presenter who is an engineering student at the University of Utah. She works on these impossibly small mechanical assemblies. Real science-fiction type stuff, like making camera lenses so small that they might one day be used to make artificial eyes. I like to think that there was someone in the audience who had no idea that something like that exists but now has that connection and they might come up with something together that could change the world. Grand idea, I know, so maybe it is something more simple like an author writing a book and they just saw an incredible artist and they get together to illustrate the book. I think the cross-pollination of ideas and disciplines is what makes PechaKucha Night great! CW: What are the keys that set some presentations off above and beyond others? TS: When someone talks about something they truly care about, that can be felt by the audience. There are so many things that can make a presentation stand out: unique and innovative work and ideas, bizarre and interesting stories, humor, being energetic. I think the presenters who have an interesting story to tell are the ones that stand out. CW: Are there any in particular that you are looking forward to tonight? TS: I'm in the unique position of seeing all the presenters' slides before anyone else. So I'm always interested to hear what they have to say about the slides. Usually when we ask someone to present we have an idea of what they should present. If, for example, we ask an architect to present, we probably expect them to talk about some cool new building they just completed. In this case, because of the "celebrate our city" theme, some presenters really took it to heart. So instead of seeing their portfolio of work, or some specific project they worked on, they are going to be saying something about the city. So I'm interested in hearing what all our presenters' have to say about our city. It was fun having the AIGA involved with this event. They brought in some presenters we might not otherwise have known to contact, so I'm interesting is seeing what they have to say. This also relates to your "broadening of scope" question above. CW: I'm sure there's something I'm not asking ... anything you'd like to add? TS: I'm sure there is something I could think of, but I think my answers are already longer than a 20 second reply.

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Salt Lake City vol. 9 reminder!

PechaKucha Night - Salt Lake City is THIS THURSDAY! Don't forget to get your tickets early, while you still can... Purchase your tickets online: The State Room One more reminder that PechaKucha Night is this Thursday, June 6th. Doors open at 6:00pm. Presenters will get going around 6:45-7:00. Get your tickets now before you miss out! If you're still wondering what PechaKucha Night is about, check out the Top 5 Presentations from the month of May on the PechaKucha.org site: http://tinyurl.com/n8umvc2 We have another exciting cross-discipline line-up of presenters.  Michael Doyle - Landscape architect and Planner, epg Re Wikstrom - photographer, photo editor Michael Kern - creative director, craftsman, cafe racer builder, WeLikeSmall Brent Bowen - architectural illustrator, Bowen Studios Kirk Huffaker - Executive Director, Utah Heritage Foundation Eric Egenolf & Dwight Yee - architects, Process Studio Jaren Harbertson - furniture designer, craftsman, Modern Union Cale Montrone - creator, Revolv Magazine Traci O'Very Covey - visual artist Nathan Florence - artist See below for a highlight of just a few: Post Century Credenza Jaren Harbertson The founder of Modern Union, a local design/build outfit that specializes in modern cabinetry and furniture. A believer in the traditions and earned experience of craftsmanship, the marks of Jaren (and Modern Union's) work are his precision loving 'god is in the details' ethos, his belief that modernism at its best represents innovation and hard won simplicity, and the ability to juxtapose raw, patina-rich materials with sleek lines and finishes creating unique, timeless, character filled, and hopefully, heirloom quality results. Modern Union will happily take on any design project that elevates details to obsessiveness. Utah Heritage Foundation Kirk Huffaker As Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation, Kirk Huffaker is an advocate for vibrant neighborhoods and Main Streets, recognition of historic modernism, and excellence in planning and design. Since 1998, Kirk has provided assistance throughout Utah to build local preservation leadership, develop policy, and save historic buildings. He has served in the position of Executive Director of Utah Heritage Foundation since 2008. REVOLV issue No. 02 Cale Montrone A Utah Native. A sheet metal worker. Revolv magazine publisher and editor. A fan of really cool stuff. Nuff said. Poster design by: Tim Ross Lee

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Tokyo Realtime

"A travel guide is a just a collection of lists...No one wants to stand around and read a travel guide."  In today's Presentation of the Day, "Tokyo Realtime" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 68, photographer and creative director at White Rabbit Japan Max Hodges discusses the development of his interactive audio walking tour of Tokyo. The tours are an amazing blend of sound effects, professional voicing, as well as 3D-maps of Tokyo's most popular and intriguing neighborhoods. 

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

“These are the most important buildings of the future.” Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In “Tower Neighbourhood Renewal” from PKN Toronto’s special Urban Innovation Happy Hour, we see that Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

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Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village

"Nakano is a place where you can be yourself, where you can do things your own way."In Nakano: Tokyo’s East Village from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, repeat presenter and crowd favorite, Japanophile Extraordinaire Benjamin Boas takes the stage as the newly anointed "Nakano Ambassador”, championing one of Tokyo's more eccentric neighborhoods. Adding the title to an already long list of accolades including being the only foreigners to publish a manga in Japan, titled "Everything I Know About Japan I Learned From Comics and Video Games", here he give us a deeper perspective on the charms of this illustrious Tokyo ward. Benjamin Boasさんは、4歳の時から箸を使いビデオゲームで遊んできた大の親日家。昨年は小学館から著書『日本のことは、マンガとゲームで学びました。』を出版され、PKN Vol. 122でもプレゼンテーションされました。昨秋に中野区観光大使に就任し、2回目のPKN出演となる今回は、その中野区のディープな魅力をたっぷり紹介していただきます。Benjaminさんの熱い中野愛に魅了され、月末は皆さんきっと中央線に乗ることになるでしょう。お出かけ前に、PKNで中野情報をしっかりインプットしてください!