PechaKucha Presentation

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Rida Asfahani

in El Paso, TX

TIME Project in El Paso


“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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City Urban Planning in Genoa

@ VOL 1 ON FEB 26, 2012

Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation, they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. (in Italian)

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Paso de Motolinía

@ 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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Borders Visualized

@ VOL 11 ON OCT 10, 2015

“The border is a very difficult place to describe. Anything I say about it, I'll also say the exact opposite about it.”

In Borders Visualized from PechaKucha Night El Paso’s 11th Volume, speaker Kerry Doyle presents the mission of the Rubin Center for Visual Arts at UTEP with a selection of work from exhibitions over the first 10 years.  Borders are meant to divide. As border tensions rise, artists –both performance and visual– have been creating works to represent the relationship between the bordering cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. The Rubin Center now has a decade’s worth of stories to show and tell.

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The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 23, 2016

"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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Artist Portraits by El Minino

@ 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

@ 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

@ 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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SPACES: A Music Project inspired by the City of Gloucester

@ VOL 1 ON MAR 28, 2018

A mid-project insight into the production processes involved in a unique music project that is bringing together groups of local musicians, singers, songwriters, technicians, film-makers and artists to record and film new original songs in the first 6 of 8 different historic buildings in the UK city of Gloucester.

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A brief photographic history of one block in downtown El Paso

@ 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.