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Futurist Stuart Candy shows some recent projects.

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Sugar Gamer

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Keisha Howard been able to monetize her interest in technology, raise awareness of the under-representation of women and minorities in the Gaming Industry, and lobby to ensure corporations factor the needs of their diverse consumers in their new offerings.

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Why We Should Think About Design More

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Artist and architectural designer Mike Turner talks about design and shows imaginary landscapes in incredible drawings.

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A Philosopher, An Architect and His Plans

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

David Thomas spins a yarn about a philosopher and an architect.

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My Life As A Bad Baby

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Dash Swani talks about growing up in India, and how issues of identity find acceptance on moving to art school in Chicago.

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Food As A Passion

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Designer, entrepreneur and restraunteur Obi Nwazota talks about the challenges of providing healthy food supplies.

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A Nerdy, Girly Secret

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Jessica Jacobs, like many of us, secretly had a pen pal...

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Rivers Are Our Future Landscapes

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) talks about how the Chicago River is being brought back to life, with magnificent repercussions for life in the city, the communities and habitats on its shores,

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Lazy, Impulsive, Dreamer

@ VOL 41 ON MAR 07, 2017

Sarah Davis is a self proclaimed impulsive dreamer, and a bunch of other things too.  She's great.



The Transformative Power Of Glass

"People of color are largely underrepresented in the glass art world so, I sought to change that ratio."
In The Transformative Power Of Glass from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 40, Artist and Educator Pearl Dick uses glassblowing to empower at risk youth in Chicago.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Peter Exley

    Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago.

  • Thorsten Bösch

    President and Co-Founder of visualizedconcepts inc. in 2003, he arrived in Chicago 1996 via Hamburg, Passau + Konstanz.

  • Sharon Exley

    Procurer of Art, Beauty & Curiosity Sharon and her team at Fun Finders, a women-owned practice bring art, beauty, curiosity and experience to homes, businesses, museums, libraries, and public entities. With Architecture Is Fun, Sharon elevates environments to sophisticated interiors and educative design™ across the US and internationally.

  • Steven Haulenbeek

    I am a Chicago based designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, experimental/process-based objects and events.

  • Michael Genge

    I'm a bike obsessed designer and master of all things wheeled.