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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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The Engineering Leadership Council: Professionals Implementing Social Impact Together

BY PAMELA ROGALSKI
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

As Pamela Rogalski makes quite clear, scaling the implementation of social impact in construction projects in urban environments is new. People want to “do the right thing”, but all industry professionals have encountered constraints that prevent us from doing what we know we ought to do (and we've all ranted about it over a beer at the end of the day). For engineers, however, the difference is that what we implement at scale has the potential to impact an entire community. To make the shift from intention to reality, whole engineering leaders are building momentum through vertical industry partnerships and triple bottom line business cases. 

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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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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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Bikestorming

BY MATÍAS KALWILL
@ VOL 32 ON APR 29, 2014

In combination with mobile technologies, open data, and crowdsourcing, Matías Kalwill believes bikes will take the world by storm. Starting in just a few cities in South America, Bikestorming is starting small and solid, but ready to expand to half the planet by 2030.

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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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VeloMetro

BY JOHN STONIER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

John Stonier makes a case for the usefulness and practicality of the VeloCar, a compact electric-assisted vehicle that mixes the benefits of bicycles and electric cars. Presenting his VeloMetro network to help promote its use in the city of Vancouver, he proposes that not only is it the perfect city in which to develop such a network, but that it can also act as a model for others to follow.

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.

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'Sno Hassle at All

BY SNO HASSLE
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Universtity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students Jay Mulakala, Ricardo Pierre-Louis, and Albert Callahan were bothered by an issue common to many college campuses -- where to store one's bike when the term comes to an end? The three of them developed an enterprising solution to this issue with Snohassle: a simple yet innovative bike storage service. 

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Let's Talk Policy

BY ZAHRA EBRAHIM
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Zahra Ebrahim wants urban dwellers to be more active in policy decisions that affect their city, and so she proposes to make that happen by targetting a limited number of areas in a city -- in her example, 20 houses selected in 20 wards of Toronto -- and getting them involved in not only talking about issues, but also sharing feedback. The idea is that by starting modestly, this outreach can eventually grow to include even more participants, and therefore progressively raise engagement throughout the city.

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City by Night, Art by Light

BY CINDI DRENNAN
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Cindi Drennan's projects covered in the following presentation look to do two things: bring life to the city -- to retailers, etc. -- at night, and broaden the audience of art installations (in this case, projected lighting installations). She accomplishes both, as you'll see through the "New Light Industrial" and "Night Mural" installations, not only bringing an audience to parts of the city they wouldn't normally visit -- especially to take in art -- but also giving artists a new audience, with their works out of the gallery and onto the street.

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Innovation through Play

BY MOUNA ANDRAOS
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Co-founder at Daily Tous Les Jours Mouna Andraos shows us several of her interactive design studio's delightful projects; all of which involve creating spaces for people to come together, play, and collaborate. From giant, 100-person sing-along installations, to swings that play notes as you swing back and forth, these projects transform the way citizens interact with their cities and one another. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 12, 2014.

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