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Christopher Siano

Principal, The Foundry Group, Inc. and HES Properties in Buffalo

"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 Challenges of Mid-Rise Construction

BY ROLAND ROM COLTHOFF
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Roland Rom Colthoff of RAW design explains the opportunities and challeges of new mid-rise construction in Toronto. Mid-rise construction is an investment by purchasers in not only a condo, but also a neighborhood. This affirmation of the importance of the street and urban environment as a place to live, shop, and work has led to the design of unusually shaped and unique interior environments and exceptionally generous outdoor spaces.   

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Russell Renaissance

BY HAVEN HARRINGTON
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

Haven Harrington discusses ideas and initiatives to revitalize the Russell Neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. He begins with a short history of the over 100 year old community, then focuses on its current state.

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Shaping Space and Realities

BY LAUREN SLOWIK
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

"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. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Thursday, September 10th, 2015. 

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A Number of Questionable Decisions

BY MICHAEL TUNKEY
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 17, 2015

"What I focussed on was creating this building that could act like a binocular or a telescope to the landscape."

In A Number of Questionable Decisions from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 14, Architect with CannonDesign Michael Tunkey, shares the story of how after 18 years of traveling the world, he and his wife decided to return home to a small farm in Upstate NY to build a eautiful contemporary with a scenic view ...and all the trials and tribulations of doing so… hilarity ensues.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, December 7th, 2015. 

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Recreating the Past: Digital Craft

BY ANDREW PRIES
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"I brought digital technology to a craftsman's workshop."

In Recreating the Past: Digital Craft from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, Andrew Pries, Digital Fabrication Manager at Boston Valley Terra Cotta, explores the emerging technologies his practice is harnessing to restore dilapidated terra cotta facades from the pre-war era. His team's new digital workflow seeks to amalgamate traditional craftsmen skills with modern computation and fabrication techniques. Boston Valley’s recent project, the restoration of the Child’s Restaurant building on Coney Island, is the culmination of their current research endeavors.   

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Return of the Master Builder

BY MATTHEW HUME
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"I tell people I wear two hats—one of the designer and one of the builder, but as I evolve I wish to wear one hat, that of the Master Builder."

In the Return of the Master Builder from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17Adjunct Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and Owner/Principle of HUME PROJECTS, LLC, Matthew Hume discusses his work creating residential and commercial projects, from the design phase through the construction phase. The traditional Master Builder once integrated both design and construction processes by direct involvement. The profession of architecture and processes of building are shifting back toward a more integrated approach forcing architects to re-evolve into earlier versions of themselves. Hume's recent work in design and construction projects serves as an example of this paradigm shift.

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Construction 2000

BY JUHO VIITASALO
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 01, 2016

Juho Viitasalo shares Construction 2000, a unique geometric steel sculpture in Helsinki, Finland. Its most eye catching feature is a 600 kg pyramid that seems to float in air without any support. This 10 meter tall physics defying structure has stood since 1982 and is truly unique in the world. However it is still somewhat unknown. Construction 2000 was designed by Markku Viitasalo and now his son wants to take the design to the world out of the confines of the office block where it stands in Helsinki. More information here: http://viitasalo.com/himmeli/

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 3rd, 2017.

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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.

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Local Construction Techniques Using Digital-Fabrication

BY KOHKI AKIYOSHI
@ VOL 153 ON DEC 13, 2017

建築家の秋吉浩気さんは、地方自治体と協働したプロジェクトを通してデジタルファブリケーションを用いた新しい建築のあり方を提示します。ダイナミックな作品の試行の数々は必見です。

Architect Koki Akiyoshi presents a new way of building merging traditional and digital fabrication. Through his numerous projects collaborating with local governments of various communities, we will be able to experience the dynamism of his unique design approach.