Architect Jose B Rodriguez recently went on a visit to Rwanda that changed his life.
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Urban Renewal by Building Bridges: Intercultural Garden Erfurt Paradies
BY CATHY DELOS SANTOS
@ VOL 2
ON NOV 22, 2014
The intercultural community garden "Erfurt Paradies," located in north Erfurt, is a grassroots project that has increased the social and cultural value of the neighborhood. Cathy Delos Santos talks about the mission and goal of the organization, Urban Renewal. This organization help brings together local and migrants through events and activities in the community gardens / Gemeinschaftsgarten of Erfurt.
Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border
BY WILLIAM HELM
@ VOL 134
ON MAR 18, 2016
"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."
In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North" which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.
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.
Bridges to Prosperity
BY DAVID KNIGHT
@ VOL 16
ON AUG 10, 2017
David Knight, a structural engineer gave this PechaKucha at Vol.16 in London and opened our eyes to the totally vital importance of bridges in developing countries. Importantly bridges create access to local markets, farms, schools, health clinics, and other critical services and opportunities.
In this PechaKucha you will learn about David's wonderful work with Bridges to Prosperity. The volunteers at Bridges to Prosperity appreciate the power of a bridge to transform the way people earn income, save, and invest in their future.
BY MIKE NADOLSKI
@ VOL 12
ON APR 19, 2018
Mike Nadolski joined Lake Michigan College in 2012 and serves as Executive Director of The Mendel Center. Throughout his career, Mike has blended a business and arts management background with more than 40 years of improvisational theater experience. The result has been a myriad of collaborative performance and learning opportunities. Mike and his wife Sarah own the Citadel Dance and Music Center building in the Benton Harbor Arts District. In the business world, Mike has held managerial positions with Whirlpool Corporation and Kohler Co. and has provided consultation services nationally in the areas of performance improvement, communications, change management, and diversity and inclusiveness. He currently sits on the board of the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and is Vice President of the Michigan Presenters Network.