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PechaKucha Presentation

Two Projects, Two Cities

PRESENTED ON APR 16, 2014
IN BRATISLAVA @ VOL 26

Urban designer Veronika Kovascsova's two projects look to build a bridge between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, and also try to reimagine the unused spaces in the city, giving them a new lease on life, and engaging and contributing to the growth of communities.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 21, 2014.

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What Makes a Great City

BY JONATHAN X. CÔTÉ
@ VOL 2 ON APR 26, 2013

Jonathan X. Côté discusses the elements needed to make a city truly great. He states that Great Cities are not necessarily the biggest or most perfect places. However, a mix of certain aspects can turn a city into a fantastic place to live, and Côté shares with us just what it takes to create a great one.

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The Crowdsourced Neighborhood

BY JAMES ALFANDRE
@ VOL 10 ON OCT 14, 2013

James Alfandre goes into depth on the projects he's inititated to make his city a thriving haven of activity. He speaks of his experiences working with tenants, businesses, local government, and property owners in The Granary District of Salt lake City, to crowd-source the revitalization of this area into a diverse, inclusive and prosperous urban neighborhood.

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Paths Connecting Cities

BY ANDY SMITH
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

Advocate at Walk Auckland Andy Smith speaks of the tragic history of the Auckland Harbor Bridge — once planned to include bike and foot paths, but built as a four-lane automobile bridge — and the numerous campaigns that were launched by cyclist and walker groups to implement a connecting path. Pressure lead to an innovative solution: a tube/tunnel suspended from the clip-on just under the bridge, away from traffic, and offering majestic views of the city.

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Transport and Urban Planning for People

BY JULIE ANNE GENTER
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, people need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices. Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 5, 2014.

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Building a New City on the Waterfront

BY STEPHEN RAINBOW
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

General Manager of Strategy at Waterfront Auckland Stephen Rainbow speaks on the numerous projects that make up the massive redevelopment this port city is undergoing. Industrial parks have been converted to community spaces, housing built on water, innovative commercial and service districts, and sustainable transport options to connect the city.

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Open Streets Threaten to Make Cities Cool

BY JENN GRAHAM
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Like many superheroes, Jenn Graham didn’t choose to become a crusader for urban good — she was catapulted into it, quite literally. After breaking her arm when her bicycle tire got stuck in a drain grate, she began campaigning to make small changes to her home city of Atlanta. What started with grate replacements across became open-street activities hosting nearly 100 thousand citizens; a force that leads us to question how cities ought to be designed.

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City by Night, Art by Light

BY CINDI DRENNAN
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Cindi Drennan's projects covered in the following presentation look to do two things: bring life to the city -- to retailers, etc. -- at night, and broaden the audience of art installations (in this case, projected lighting installations). She accomplishes both, as you'll see through the "New Light Industrial" and "Night Mural" installations, not only bringing an audience to parts of the city they wouldn't normally visit -- especially to take in art -- but also giving artists a new audience, with their works out of the gallery and onto the street.

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Beyond Smart Cities: Retrofitting Cities for Happiness

BY DANIELE QUERCIA
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Which urban elements make people happy? Daniele Quercia poses this question, and offers a solution using applications he and his research team have developed to determine what citizens love about their city. 

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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.