PechaKucha Presentation

Presenter bw screen 20shot 202017 06 15 20at 2012.29.57 20pm

Maya Sanchez

Mayor / Director of Account Planning, City of San Elizario / Ghostlight Creative in San Elizario

So You Created A City, Now What?


The honorable Mayor of the City of San Elizario, Maya Sanchez tells the story of a group of determined individuals worked tirelessly to save their community by creating a new city in 2013. As president of this group, it was assumed that Maya would run for mayor, but she almost did not. However, having birthed this new entity, she quickly realized that she and the group of community organizers that made it happen must not stop with it’s creation and ensure that the young City was set on the right path. Maya shares how the oldest community in Texas became its newest city with the story of the City of San Elizario from 1598 to 2017.

Thumb 1 jonathan

What Makes a Great City

@ 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.

Thumb dominiksaitl05

Anastomosis: the Connected City

@ VOL 104 ON JUN 26, 2013

Project [anastomosis] presents a different view on the functioning of contemporary city and solution of its problems. Dominik Saitl explains that the city is understood as a closed structure with "frozen evolution". Its further developement can't be done by rebuilding the city but by its adaptation. To start this healing process it is necessary to activate small but important connections.

 "Presentation of the Day" on July 5, 2013.

Thumb slide17

Community Development and the Power of Small Scale Change

@ VOL 7 ON JUN 05, 2015

Joanne Dang is a town planner as well as a dreamer.  She discusses her journey in many places around the world and the power of small-scale, community-based change.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 8, 2015.

Thumb pk feb15 1st.007

City Arcadia

@ VOL 20 ON FEB 20, 2015

"This was a city of the future. This was the most optimistic progressive city in the world. This was the city where every architect wanted to work in the 1950s."

Thumb 3jbn

Building a City Through the Power of Being Friendly

@ VOL 20 ON DEC 01, 2015

Jody Bailey Newman is "Chief Friend" behind many of San Antonio’s favorite ice houses and neighborhood hang outs. What began as a joke after a job loss became the Friendly Spot Ice House, the de facto town hall of the community around it. More than just building places to get a cold brew, Newman wants to create places where friends and family can gather, places that embrace diversity, and places that advance the city through the power of being friendly.
Thumb slide120

How New Immigrants Could Build Their New City

@ VOL 10 ON JAN 22, 2016

Within the architecture field, Amitis Nouroozi works in the intersection of planning, design and community-building. She shares her story, as a new immigrant, who is building her new home in the first years of immigration to Canada.

Thumb pk july 1st.041

Small Scale City Skirt

@ VOL 26 ON JUL 05, 2016

In Small Scale City Skirt from PechaKucha Night Coventry Vol. 26, Textile Artist Julia O'Connell talks about taking time to look carefully at details. She collects these beautiful 'micro moments', which she views as everyday presents, and uses them to layer and stitch into her textile work. Here she talks about her commission for the City Arcadia project, where she is working up her Small Scale City Skirt as a way of making the city wearable.

Thumb pop up urbanism

Pop Up Urbanism – Black Rock City

@ VOL 16 ON NOV 12, 2016

What happens when some friends start having a Summer solstice bonfire on the beach? Well, if you keep it up long enough you end up building the 3rd largest city in Nevada for 70,000 radical self-expressionists for one week a year, and then erasing all trace of it until the next solstice. Thom White has been participating for a number of years and shares his insider knowledge of Black Rock City and the Burning Man Festival.