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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

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Student, Marquette University in Milwaukee

PAST Urban Innovation Happy Hour

Toronto @ Handle Bar
Apr 30, 2014

PAST VOL 15

Vologda @ ArtZone15|17
Jul 17, 2014

PAST VOL 4

Wolfville @ Wolfville Farmer's Market
Mar 11, 2015

PAST VOL 2

Harrisburg @ Stage on Herr
Jun 19, 2015

PAST VOL 5

Pittsburg, KS @ Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center
Apr 25, 2014

PAST VOL 1

Ufa @ VDNH
Nov 21, 2015

PAST VOL 0

Moscow @ Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’
Oct 17, 2015

PAST Our Urban Fabric

Honolulu @ Center for Architecture
Mar 31, 2017

PAST VOL 28

New Orleans @ PlayBuild NOLA
Sep 20, 2018

PAST VOL 61

Budapest @ Rákóczi Téri Vásárcsarnok
Oct 04, 2018

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Shaping Healthy Communities

BY GARY GASTON
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 19, 2014

Gary Gaston, Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center, discusses some of the major concepts in the upcoming publication, Shaping Healthy Communities. Issues that are addressed include future transit options for Nashville, access to food, parks and open spaces, and making the city more pedestrian-friendly. He also differentiates betwteen natural, rural, suburban, urban, and the downtown core areas.

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IL FESTIVAL DELLA SCIENZA

BY MANUELA ARATA
@ VOL 10 ON OCT 31, 2014

Laboratori, conferenze, mostre e spettacoli hanno risvegliato anche quest’anno la passione per la scienza e la solita, travolgente, voglia di imparare. Come con la conferenza sul Bosone di Higgs che ha attirato una folla da stadio, o con la lezione di meccanica quantistica che si è addirittura dovuta trasferire in piazza Matteotti con il pubblico sulla scalinata di Palazzo Ducale. Quest'anno il Paese ospite è stato la Francia, ma sono venute in visita anche delegazioni da Cina, Giappone, Turchia e Russia. Grazie
all'appoggio e alla collaborazione dell'Ambasciata di Francia in Italia e del Ministero dell’Istruzione Superiore e della Ricerca, il Festival ha ospitato alcuni dei testimoni delle migliori realtà scientifiche e imprenditoriali d'oltralpe. A partire dall’inaugurazione con Serge Haroche, premio Nobel per la fisica e direttore del Collège de France.

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NÓS workshop

BY BRIAN BARBER
@ VOL 9 ON SEP 24, 2015

Brian Barber presentis NósWorkshop, a design collective of graduate architects working out of Dublin which emerged during the recession.  Over the last few years, they have taken part in a series of exhibitions, competitions and created various installations throughout Ireland.  All of their projects thus far have not involved the conventional ‘client’ but rather stem from a collaboration with a local community to develop and construct a project.

 

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New York: City on a Grid

BY GERARD KOEPPEL
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”

Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!

Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.

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Message in a Bottle

BY GEORGE BOORUJY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

George Boorujy was born and bred in New Providence New Jersey, and now lives in Brooklyn, along with almost everyone else. He is represented by P.P.O.W. gallery in New York, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. 

Check out George's project, New York Pelagic, here!

Read about the bottle that washed up on a beach in France here!

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Bringing a Big Boat Back to Life

BY LIZ MCENANEY
@ VOL 8 ON MAR 04, 2016

Liz McEnaney is an urban historian and preservatioist who has worked in exotic locales such as Maputo, New Delhi, and even New York City! She co-founded BldgBlok - an app that provides tourists with location-based historic content.

Liz's latest restoration project is a big one! The SS Columbia - America's oldest excursion steamship - is making its way back to the Hudson River - listen to her tale of bringing the ship back to life!

Learn more about the SS Columbia project here

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Urban Permaculture

BY DE BOER JESSIE
@ VOL 10 ON APR 08, 2016

Jessie De Boer, with Ivan and Sven founded Berefoot Solutions proposing permaculture solutions in different sites across Kenya.

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Urban[e] Objects

BY WOODBURY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
@ VOL 136 ON JUN 02, 2016

A cohort of Architecture Students from Woodbury University elected Tokyo to conduce fieldwork studies by the theme  Urban[e] Objects. The research proposes new residential strategies through the translation of objects that can exist simultaneously in multiple scales: as a tea-cup or as an urban building. Their research deploys the use of isometric drawings and urban transects and inspiration derived by traditional Japanese drawing techniques to investigate questions of authenticity, translation of vernacular making methods, and interiority and apply them to contemporary challenges of shelter.

 

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Urban Solitudes

BY LAURA PIOVAN
@ VOL 31 ON SEP 07, 2016

What is the future of our cities? In a time of major demographic and fast socio-cultural changes, we are looking for keys to unlock, review and re-interpret the traditional urban housing models into new directions.
A metamorphosis of the housing market from the static individualistic models towards a dynamic, collective synergy.

Laura Piovan is a Italian architect based in Maastricht and has a passion for people and identity driven design.

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Creative Re-use of Historic and Industrial Buildings

BY SIMON DEVLIN
@ VOL 8 ON JAN 31, 2017

"There are some really unusual historic buildings out there that have been developed into quite interesting buildings."

Architect Simon Devlin talks about some of the more unusual historic buildings in the UK that have been converted and redeveloped for re-use in clever and profound ways that improve culture whilst retaining their iconic status and historical value.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 6th, 2017. 

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Minor Urban Disasters

Each day we pass by what Ariel Schlesinger calls "Minor Urban Disasters". These can include, but are not limited to: lazy constructions, acts of frustration taken out on physical objects, and discarded or misplaced products.  In this edition of Presentation of the Day from PKN Tokyo Vol. 74, he points out the fact that most of us tend to overlook the humor, or sadness that can be found when coming into contact with these small peculiarities. One must have sympathy for the inanimate, for these senseless acts of human savagery and carelessness are vicious: cinder block heedlessly used to fill a circular window in Tel Aviv, a tossed-aside umbrella bent by some angry soul, bricks once painted with signs of guidance improperly re-situated, road signs knocked back by trucks not suited for the clearance height. Won't you open your heart to those who cannot defend themselves?

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Urban Visionaries at PKN Auckland

For its next PechaKucha Night, Auckland is going outdoors in what sounds like a fantastic venue: Drawing upon the central theme of the evening, everyone’s favourite outdoor cinema in Silo Park will come alive after Pecha Kucha; Silo Cinema presents "The Human Scale", offering a critical view on the way we build and use our cities. Alongside regular Silo Markets and other events, Silo Park will continue to host the largest, free outdoor cinema each week over summer on a Friday evening. Read the rest of the article from Voxy to find out more about the planned PKN.

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Calling all Urban Innovators!

Are you working on an innovative project that’s changing your city? Do you know someone who was implemented an idea that's improving life in your city? If so, we’d like to hear from you -- get in touch! PechaKucha is teaming up with the New Cities Foundation in an effort to seek out the up-and-coming urban innovators all over the world to give them a platform to speak on their project. We will be offering 1 or 2 of these inventive individuals the chance to speak at New Cities Summit 2014 -- the leading global event on the future of the urban world. If you know, or are an outstanding individual who has developed and implemented a project that addresses one of the great urban challenges of our time, we would love to have you give a PechaKucha presentation! Projects could deal with topics as diverse as urban farming, street art, transport, public space, education, cuisine, and many more.  After giving your PechaKucha presentation and having it uploaded to the New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel, New Cities staff will hand-pick 1 or 2 speakers to be flown out to New Cities Summit 2014 in Dallas, TX. These speakers will have six minutes to inspire the high-level Summit audience and explain how they set up their project. Find out about last year’s WhatWorks speakers here. Check out some hightlights from last year’s WhatWorks talks here:  "Bicing" by nnset, used under CC BY / cropped from original

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Urban City Development in China

If there ever was a crystal ball into China's urban future, this is it: Thomas Hussey discusses China's current growth in urbanization. As we see in "Urban City Development in China" from PKN Chicago Vol. 25, although there are several challenges, such as outdated buildings, over-engineered highways, and pollution to deal with, they hope to redevelop the city, connect cities together, and create new cities entirely that would come to be potential solutions to those probelms. 

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Transport and Urban Planning for People

Cars take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money, we need better ways to get people around cities. As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, "People need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices." Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. In "Transport and Urban Planning for People" from a special urban edition of PKN Auckland, we see that Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

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Urban Innovation Winners

It's been a month since the first PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month came to a close. Dozens of projects were submitted from all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Vienna, from Lisbon to Vancouver. Each project is unique, but they all have one thread in common: they're all insanely passionate people looking to make life in the city better for the rest of us. The New Cities Foundation went through the over 30 submissions and chose two among them to be flown out to Dallas, Texas this June 17-19 to speak at the WhatWorks workshop at New Cities Summit 2014. To find out who won, have a look to our latest global newsletter in which we announce the winners.

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These Urban Innovators have Something to Share

It's been a month since the first PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month came to a close.Dozens of projects were submitted from all over the world, from Buenos Aires to Vienna, from Lisbon to Vancouver. Each project is unique, but they all have one thread in common: they're all insanely passionate people looking to make life in the city better for the rest of us. The New Cities Foundation went through the over 30 submissions and chose two among them to be flown out to Dallas, Texas this June 17-19 to speak at the WhatWorks workshop at New Cities Summit 2014:  At PechaKucha, we're always looking for new ways to bring out the hidden creativity in cities. Seeking out and celebrating the people who are making inventive changes to their cities is just one small step in that direction. We're extremely grateful to those who shared their projects with us, the New Cities Foundation, and of course those who have shown their support along the way. Keep an eye out for more exciting global search projects like this in the future!

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TO BE RESCHEDULED - The Urban Food Movement

Please note due to Harrisburg's travel ban and the condition of the roads Pecha Kucha will not be taking place Monday 01/25. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date.    

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URBAN FOOD BANKING

Matt Hess has worked at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank since January of 2013. He started as a Hunger Study Assistant, working on the largest national study on food insecurity, and is now an Agency Services Representative. He graduated from Messiah College in May of 2013 with a degree in Business Administration and never managed to win that elusive Rec Sports championship. Matt grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and now lives in Harrisburg. He has lived eerily close to the I House and yet this is his first time inside. Matt previously lived in the building rented by Messiah that is connected to the I house and now lives directly across the street in the Pennsylvania Place apartments with his wife Hannah. Please don’t ask him to pronounce Pecha Kucha.   Matt will be presenting at the upcoming Pecha Kucha Harrisburg on February 17th, 2016. The theme for the night is 'The Urban Food Movement.

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URBAN CHICKENS

  Great Speakers coming up at the the Urban Food Market, Pecha Kucha Harrisburg. Dr. Gregory P. Martin is an extension poultry educator for Penn State University Extension.   After several years of poultry industry and teaching work experience, Dr. Martin returned to TexasA&MUniversity to earn a Ph.D. in Poultry Science.  He is registered as a Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) in three separate subject classifications from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) & PAACO.  This includes certification as a poultry welfare auditor.  Dr. Martin is also certified as an ISO program lead auditor.  Dr. Martin holds active membership in several academic, agricultural and scientific organizations.