PechaKucha Presentation
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Peter Svarzbein

Visual Artist / City Councilman, myself / the city of El Paso in El Paso, TX

The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

PRESENTED ON JUN 23, 2016
IN EL PASO @ VOL 13

"These were vehicles of economic mobility."

In The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 13, Peter Svarzbien shares his project to get El Paso's trolleys running again as they did in their heyday. Svarzbien is a photographer, artist and now city Councilman of El Paso. He once imagined the historic streetcars returning to the streets of El Paso again with his MFA masters thesis "The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project." Several years later, this project no longer resides only in our imaginations as the first tracks are now being laid in the streets of El Paso for the new streetcar line. With El Paso's first streetcar line in many years now under construction Peter is not content to stop here, but is now gathering political support to push for the restoration of trolley service over the international bridge - reconnecting Juarez and El Paso's fabled international streetcar service. Peter's presentation inspires us to consider how art can operate on a grand city scale to improve our quality of life. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. 

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Paso de Motolinía

BY FRACTAL ARQUITECTOS
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 20, 2015

«Paso de Motolinía» no sólo tansformará el predio en un espacio público sino que lo convertirá en una ventana a la historia de la ciudad. El proyecto será la transición de la Puebla viva y contemporánea, a la antigua Puebla conocida como los Barrios Indígenas. «Paso de Motolinía» devolverá la vida a esta tradicional zona, recordando tanto a turistas como poblanos que sobre este bulevar corría un río, y existían tres puentes que comunicaban y consolidaban la ciudad.

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TIME Project in El Paso

BY RIDA ASFAHANI
@ VOL 11 ON OCT 10, 2015

“We're really trying to change the way things are done in El Paso by letting people know that density is a good thing, letting people know that investing in local talent is something that can be really nice and really beneficial for… the people around you.”

In The TIME Project in El Paso from PechaKucha Night El Paso’s 11th Volume, presenter Rida Asfahani describes Root Architect's TIME project. An urban density, mixed use, this spectacular third space brings people together in west El Paso. Using locally sourced materials, commissioning local talent, and trying to overall draw from the local culture, the project successfully managed to create a space that was unique.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday February 10th, 2016. 

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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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Artist Portraits by El Minino

BY JORGE CUEVAS
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Juarez photographer El Minino shares his recent portrait project documenting practisiing artists throughout Juarez.  El Minimo almost exclusively captures his images on film which requires him to slow down and conneect with his subjects as he shoots.

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Active Mobility with Velo Paso

BY VICTOR CORDERO
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 15, 2016

Victor Cordero, Scott White & Melissa Lugo share their passion for making active transportation accessible to everyone in the Paso del Norte region through education and outreach. Velo Paso works toward a Paso del Norte region where active mobility is safe, easy, and an economical means of transportation and recreation for everyone.

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Cine al paso

BY ANTONIO ULLOA CUEVA
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 21, 2017

"Toño" Ulloa, es un gestor cultural multifacético. Es difusor de la muestra audiovisual "Cine al paso", docente y autor del libro "A imagen y semajanza". En esta exposición nos mostrará los logros que ha trabajado en conjuito con diferentes realizadores y comunicadores en el entorno del audiovisual y cine. ¡Un espacio que valdrá la pena proyectarse!

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A brief photographic history of one block in downtown El Paso

BY JOEL GUZMAN
@ VOL 16 ON JUN 29, 2017

Amatuer historian, Joel Guzman walks us through history via historic photos that reflect the changes that have occurred in the block bounded by Main, Oregon, The Bataan Trainway and Mesa.

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Chicano Art

BY JESUS "CIMI" ALVARADO
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 21, 2017

“CIMI” Alvarado is an El Paso, Texas native, and began his artistic career experimenting with graffiti art.  Following his studies under Gaspar Enriquez at Bowie High School, Cimi delved into public art projects, which often included educational components and community involvement.  His efforts have included an intensive, ongoing mural education program in Dallas, Texas; two full-scale murals created with students from the El Paso, Texas Juvenile Detention Center; and two large murals depicting the history and culture of El Paso, Texas.  Cimi’s recent public works involved community brainstorming, input, and inspiration through both community meetings and written, anonymous surveys.  Cimi’s artwork has been featured in shows in Mexico City; Buenos Aires, Argentina; the El Paso Museum of Art; the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Cd. Juarez, Mexico - “Binational Art Exhibit” Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

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UTEP DoArt Graphic Design Department

BY MARIANA LOPEZ
@ VOL 20 ON OCT 12, 2018

UTEP Graphic Design Students Representing El Paso
UTEP Graphic Design students Ricky Covarrubias and Mariana López discuss a particular poster design project that has impacted the way they view their city. Additionally, they will also focus on highlighting the art festival Chalk the Block, one of the most important public events in the Southwest region, in which they are proud to be featured this 2018 season.