Past Detroit Event: VOL 38

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VOL 38

July 31, 2019
@ Neighborhood Homebase

Join PechaKucha Night Detroit as we partner for a special themed event with AIA Detroit's Committee on the Environment (COTE).  We will be hosted by Live6 in the new Neighborhood Homebase space on McNichols... you won't want to miss it!

Presenters will be asked to reflect on the event theme of RESILIENCE -- either in the specific context of sustainability, or more generally as it applies to their lives, work, and passions.

Interested in presenting? Send us your name, contact info, and a few words/images about your topic/work and how it relates to the event theme.  Send to by June 21.

Interested in attending? Doors open to the public at 7pm, with presentations scheduled to begin at 7:30.  Refreshments available.

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Resettling the Urban Prairie

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Chris Heine is AIA Detroit's Committee on the Environment Co-Chair as well as Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Chris is an architect and planner for SmithGroup where he has brought his passion for sustainable design to the community for more than 10 years.

He shares his latest project he and his team have been working on, Midtown Eco Homes. A collaboration with Midtown Detroit, Inc., the Midtown Eco Homes bring resiliency to the Detroit community with responsible and economically smart design.

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Resiliency in the In-Between

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Kristen Davis, freelance journalist and communications specialist for Hamilton Anderson Associates, gets deep with our audience in exposing her struggle with spine surgery.

In her presentation, she shares a unique 20 slide style that showcases her mastery with words and the life altering change she made during and after her recovery. Davis teaches our audience that it’s the time in between a door closing and a door opening that makes us resilient as mankind and we couldn’t agree with her more.

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Resilience for Buildings in a Changing Climate

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Jim Newman of Newman Consulting Group, LLC discusses how we can be more resilient in the way we design to incorporate for climate change and natural disasters such as flooding.

As an industry leader in green technology, he opened Newman Consulting Group, LLC in 2003 to shape the future of green & has traveled all over the world speaking to student groups and industry professionals.

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@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Erin Kelly, Studio Director of Spackman Mossop Michaels Detroit, takes our stage to discuss her personal passion for water and how that has crafted her to be a leader for stormwater management and changing the narrative for water both with her team in Detroit but also in a post-Katrina New Orleans.

Kelly pushes the boundaries of storm water management and shows our audience how these sites can be both functional and socially impactful.

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The Water Box Project

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Jaron Rothkop, President of the Last Kilometer, joins us to discuss the ongoing efforts to provide Flint with water years after the devastating misuse of public facilities (and government funding ceased). During his presentation he touched on the effects of donated water bottle waste and how that was not a viable, long-term solution for the people of Flint.

He discussed how his Water Box project in conjunction with multiple concerned partners has brought about real lasting change, minimizing single-use plastic waste. As an open source idea, the Water Box project has peaked interest not only in the US, but all around the world.

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Detroit Design 139

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Jake Chidester, Direct of Design for Bedrock Detroit, comes to PechaKucha Detroit to discuss the Detroit Design 139 month-long collaborative for September 2019. DD139 began in 2017 and started as an exhibit to create dialogue of the 10 principles of what makes good design and establish that foundation to build on.

2019 hopes to push those definitions and what it means to be a UNESCO City of Design with “Inclusive Futures” in mind, not only in the populated downtown, but in the boroughs of the neighborhoods. City Systems, Economy, Public Spaces and Neighborhood Housing will all be on the topic lists for DD139.

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@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner is a Detroit based artist, photographer, and alternative process enthusiast. Her work typically pairs double exposure photography with inkjet transfer processes to explore the impact anxiety disorders have on the human condition.

Her current work, Hyperstimulation, uses wild, bright colors and complex imagery to bring to light the different visual impairments that can happen with these disorders.


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Future of Green Museums

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Leslie Tom, Alumni Presenter and CSO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, steps on stage again to relay the future of Green Museums. She explains the importance her museum will be placing on educating the public on how they’re being energy responsible, being trusted community leaders as well as trusted information sources for the community.

From stormwater management to consumption, the future of the Wright Museum is rooted in transparency and bringing these issues to life; pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a museum.

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Legacy Pocket Parks

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Janice K. Means is a professor emeritus of architecture and design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. In her presentation, she discusses the Legacy Pocket Parks and their impact on communities' connection to the city.

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Cargo Architecture

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Breck Crandell, Lead Designer + Project Architect for Three Squared Inc, tells us about the resilient reuse of steel shipping containers and how they’re being used as a viable building material for residential and commercial buildings all over.

Three Squared Inc currently has 15 active projects, and Crandell shows us some insight on past projects. He explains why they’re a perfect building material, how they’re changing how we look at building on smaller lots and being ecologically smart about future building material options.

Jaron Rothkop
President, The Last Kilometer in Ann Arbor
Leslie Tom
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI
Mara Magyarosi-Laytner
Alternative Process Enthusiast, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner // Artist in Detroit, MI
Kristen Davis
in Detroit, MI
Chris Heine
in Detroit, MI
Jake Chidester
in Detroit, MI
Erin Kelly
in Detroit, MI
Janice Means
in Detroit, MI
Jim Newman
in Detroit, MI
Breck Crandell
Architect, Three Squared Inc in Detroit