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Andy Smith

Paths Connecting Cities

PRESENTED ON MAR 28, 2014
IN AUCKLAND @ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION

Advocate at Walk Auckland Andy Smith speaks of the tragic history of the Auckland Harbor Bridge — once planned to include bike and foot paths, but built as a four-lane automobile bridge — and the numerous campaigns that were launched by cyclist and walker groups to implement a connecting path. Pressure lead to an innovative solution: a tube/tunnel suspended from the clip-on just under the bridge, away from traffic, and offering majestic views of the city.

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Itinerante

BY JAVIER CASADO
@ VOL 2 ON MAY 08, 2013

Javier Casado introduces us to Itinerante Cultural Services, a type of tourist service that not only serves as a guide, but a way to discover a totally new city. Through either walking or cycling, guides show off the unexpecteds faces of Castilla y León. 

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

BY GRAEME STEWART
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In Toronto, Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

"Presentation of the Day" on December 4, 2014.

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Open Streets Threaten to Make Cities Cool

BY JENN GRAHAM
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Like many superheroes, Jenn Graham didn’t choose to become a crusader for urban good — she was catapulted into it, quite literally. After breaking her arm when her bicycle tire got stuck in a drain grate, she began campaigning to make small changes to her home city of Atlanta. What started with grate replacements across became open-street activities hosting nearly 100 thousand citizens; a force that leads us to question how cities ought to be designed.

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Two Projects, Two Cities

BY VERONIKA KOVACSOVA
@ VOL 26 ON APR 16, 2014

Urban designer Veronika Kovascsova's two projects look to build a bridge between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, and also try to reimagine the unused spaces in the city, giving them a new lease on life, and engaging and contributing to the growth of communities.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 21, 2014.

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Mobility According to Local Needs

BY DAMIEN DECLERCQ
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Seventy percent of the world will live in an urban environment by 2050, and mobility for cities is a problem in need of a soultion. Damien Declerq of Local Motors speaks on the challenges of urban mobility and his company's innovative methods created to develop local forms of transportation.

 

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Beyond Smart Cities: Retrofitting Cities for Happiness

BY DANIELE QUERCIA
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Which urban elements make people happy? Daniele Quercia poses this question, and offers a solution using applications he and his research team have developed to determine what citizens love about their city. 

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A Museum Without Walls


ON MAY 14, 2014

Director at the Design Museum Portland David Laubenthal speaks on the unique methods he and his colleagues have put in place to get design in front of viewers not just inside museums, but out on the streets of Portland too. 

From PechaKucha Portland's Vol. 12.

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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.

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Building Bridges

BY JOSE RODRIGUEZ
@ VOL 46 ON JUN 05, 2018

Architect Jose B Rodriguez recently went on a visit to Rwanda that changed his life.