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Jun 20, 2017

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Grey is the New Black

BY ALISON BENZIMRA
@ VOL 38 ON MAY 03, 2016

Many older adults are living longer & healthier lives. This shift impacts how society views elders & how elders view themselves. Ageing should be seen as a continual stage of development & growth rather than a period of decline. It’s time we begin to redefine ageing. It’s time “Grey becomes the new Black” suggests, Alison Benzimra.

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Collage City

BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."

In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.

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Life’s Important Things

BY ADRIAN REITH
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 07, 2017

Adrian Reith explains that Act 3 is the 20+ extra years we’re all going to have - in reasonable health - with higher expectations -  that our parents didn't get, or just called ‘retirement’,  pipe and slippers, decline… Our generation will want much more than our parents, and will be capable of more … but there isn’t a model.  Yet.

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Declino di Identità: Progetto di riuso alla Favorita del Lido di Venezia

BY GAIA PARPAJOLA
IN VENICE

Declino di Identità: Progetto di riuso alla Favorita del Lido di Venezia -  Gaia Parpajola

Progetto per l'isola "La Favorita", al Lido di Venezia. Un’area abbandonata.

In un recente passato rappresentava un parco urbano multifunzionale, dove si andava a fare sport, a pranzare o cenare, a organizzare un pic nic, ospitava residenze… la dismissione, in breve tempo ha devastato il verde, degradato gli edifici presenti, riempito di erbe i campi da gioco.
I luoghi, come le persone, soffrono dell’abbandono, diventano inutilizzati, deperiscono.
Il progetto si propone di restituire l’area alla comunità, la comunità al sito. Rivitalizzandolo, ma immaginando, realisticamente, un programma funzionale in grado di autofinanziarsi, ritrovando nel sito stesso le risorse per il recupero ambientale e funzionale.

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Incremental Development and the Future of the City

BY RYAN TERRY
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

So much of the real estate industry is extractive, where far-away investors mine the value from properties that line our streets. We are working toward a more generative real estate model, where local people can invest in their own neighborhoods and in that process, create new life and value that benefits their community. The kind of places we want to live in are built and maintained by people who really love them.

 

However, even beloved and successful places are at risk. We all know stories of boom and bust. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities are all put under great stress in times of fast economic change, whether growth or decline. At the local level, the best way we know to protect against the negative impacts of both growth and decline is this: spread the risk and the reward. We need more neighborhood-based small developers creating buildings that can adapt in times of trouble.

 

Scale makes all the difference. The small-scale developer is limited by their size to a certain scope of project. They don’t have the team or the resources for mega-developments; they need to stick with small, simple buildings in a fairly concentrated area so they can easily keep an eye on things. Instead of large apartment blocks or a subdivision of single-family homes, small developers are more likely to build duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, live-work buildings, backyard cottages etc.—perfect for adapting neighborhoods on a lot-by-lot basis.These buildings are too small for a conventional developer whose profits depend on an economy of scale. Small developers depend on economies of resourcefulness and relationships, and that economic model is what makes small developers so adaptable in times of trouble.

 

This country is covered with inspiring precedents of buildings that punch above their weight, giving back to the city through taxes, to the neighborhood through street appeal, and to the owner through a positive cash flow. Across the country, communities are realizing that big developers cannot be induced to come build the neighborhoods they want. No one is coming to save them from the status quo. They’ve got to do it themselves.

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The Case for Transit

BY DOUGLAS FUNKE
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"It was a streetcar network that reached into all the nooks and crannies of Buffalo."

In The Case for Transit from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, President of Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) in Buffalo, NY, Doug Funke, recalls the days of efficient streetcar transportation in Buffalo, New York and advocates for improving the current public transportation challenges in the Buffalo Niagara region. The 1950's and 1960's saw a decline in public transport and a car-focused lifestyle with pockets of transit isolation. Funke and the CRT advocate for a return to a more climate-friendly and sustainable approach to public transportation. 

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Passion over Ego, please!

BY DANIËL BECKERS
@ VOL 36 ON JUN 19, 2018

Certain events in life may lead you to find your true passion. But what happens once you are a filmmaker? Do you decline an offer because you do not believe in the project? Do you say no to a project because it’s not in line with your passion even though it may be a good offer or something that may boost your ego? Daniël Beckers explains why we need to protect true passion.

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Kathak Dance – Lost and Redeemed Cultural Heritage

BY RAFIA BON
@ VOL 5 ON APR 29, 2018

Travel in time to Indian and Mughal history when Kathak dance was at its zenith. The decline and destruction of cultural heritage and Kathak dance during the British colonial rule. To reclamation in the post colonial rule of Indian history and art and its impact and influence on Kathak dance today. 

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Running On Empty

BY SUSAN JOHNSTON
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 28, 2018

The gas station of today is notably different than the filling station of 100 years ago. Through the 20th century, the American gas station has evolved to meet the needs of the consumer and the changing marketplace. In this century there has been a steady decline in the number of gas stations. 80,000 gas stations have shut down.

What does the future hold? Cars and personal transportation are undergoing dramatic change. What will the fueling station look like in 25 years? Or will gas stations go the way of the soda fountain?

In her talk, Susan Johnston will highlight the history of the gas station from its humble origins in 1920 and rapidly move forward to predictions of the fueling station of the future.

 

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Truth bee told

BY KRISTINA MACDONALD
@ VOL 37 ON SEP 19, 2018

Kristina Macdonald, a 26 year old ecologist at the beginning of her vocation is currently working in the biodiversity team at the Christchurch City Council. With a passion for conservation, Kristina is involved in a range of enviro ventures including lizard and bird monitoring, pest plant management and urban biodiversity.

Knowing the importance of community involvement to improve local biodiversity, Kristina has led the Backyard Mistletoe Project for the last two years. This project has successfully seen over 16 thousand native, locally rare mistletoe seeds sown by our community in backyards all over Christchurch. In this PechaKucha, Kristina highlights the importance of science behind conservation by telling the story of pollination decline and community efforts.