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David Benjamin expounds upon some of the amazing projects his firm uses to combine natural, biological intelligence and artificial intelligence to find new solutions to old problems.

Windy City VS the Big Apple

“You're gonna find out once and for all, which is the most brilliant PechaKucha City, and it's either Chicago or New York."

Come one, come all to the smackdown event of the evening; Windy City VS the Big Apple.  On the left we have Peter Exley representing Chicago weighing in at 37 PKN volumes.  On the right we have Emma Exley representing New York weighing in at 8 PKN volumes. Let the mach begin!

Brought to you by PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th Volume.




Ever deserving of the Pechakucha People Spotlight is our Big Apple organizer, Emma Exley, who in addition to her other endeavors ranging from, creative designer and art director, to art-focussed NPO co-founder, and scuba dive master, also runs Brooklyn's already legendary chapter of PechaKucha Night. In a word: Pro.

Wearable Technology for All




"Usually what I make doesn't have much to do with what's on a runway."

In "Wearable Technology for All" from Brooklyn Vol. 6Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow! Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.



"What I find funny is the idea that doomsday preppers think they can inoculate themselves from effects of an apocalypse by collecting things we have manufactured in the last 100 years to protect themselves from the future, but in fact what we need more are tools and solutions to overcome the quandary that the demise of our species is at our own hands."

In Shaping Space and Realities from PechaKucha Night Brooklyn Vol. 4, self-proclaimed design evangelist, educator, and promoter of play Lauren Slowik explores the infinite possibilities of shaping space and realities with advancing 3-d printing technology to create new physical connections. Join her as she goes deep into the rabbit hole of how our future can be reimagined with a shift in thinking. 


"We applied that algorithm [extracted from xylem cell exoskeletons] to design objects at a different scale."

From Standing at the Crossroads of Biology, Computation, and Design at Brooklyn Vol. 4David Benjamin, Principal at The Living, a design firm that brings architecture and design to life, expounds upon some of the amazing projects his firm uses to combine natural, biological intelligence and artificial intelligence to find new solutions to old problems. Whether it’s using living mussels and sensors to understand changes in water quality, or growing biodegradable bricks using the root-like structures of mushrooms and agricultural waste, and then building a structure using 10 thousand of these, the projects in action are a small window into our future.




"Where do you work?" After making the switch to men's fetishwear brand Nastypig, fashion designer Kevin Jaedon wants people to know that he is NOT a nasty pig! 

From Fetishizing Fashion Brands at PechaKucha Night Brooklyn, Vol. 4 Kevin discusses how all brands give off distinct connotations. Whether designed to be high fashion, conservative and work-oriented, or to wear at the International Mister Leather convention, you never know who might actually be the brains behind what you are wearing! 

Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa



"The real solution to the problem is when charity becomes unnecessary!" 

In Honey Money - Sustainable Beekeeping in Africa from Brooklyn Vol. 4, Mark Gardner tells the story about honey, african bees, social enterprise and social impact . The project pulled together people from several countries and delivered a community bee center complex to support cooperative farmers, locals and empower women.



"Imagine my excitement when I was asked to redesign a school that had collapsed in the earthquake. I was able to combine both of my passions: mentoring and helping to design for Haiti's future."

In Redesign a School from Brooklyn, Vol. 4, Architect and ace mentor, Pascale Sablan shares her experience promoting diversity and including children in the design process of redesigning a school in Haiti after the earthquake. Emphasizing conceptual design to her students and following the international building code in the design she quantifies the sustainability of the project and encourages the audience to share their professions, passion, and knowledge with children because as she lastly adds, "you will not only will you definitely change their world, they will definitely change your world."



"We have our own philosophy of bold, lucid, and unexpected thinking... and we share this with our clients."

In Challengers and Icons from Brooklyn, Vol. 4, creative director at acclaimed NY design firm, Pearlfisher, Hamish Campbell gives us an inside look at what creative principals are applied when working with some of the most desirable brands in the world. He shares how his creative inspiration applies to, and draws upon, the ideas of pioneers, heroes, innovators, explorers, challengers, icons. Despite being a sophisticated and nuanced topic for some, Campbell's delivery is distilled, accessible, and fun. 

Enjoy!

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