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Tanja Schell

Scentarchitect, blogger, conceptualizer, GeurLab in Maastricht

The Fragrant City

PRESENTED ON FEB 29, 2016
IN MAASTRICHT @ VOL 29

“Smell gives us a sense of place. Our nose is our built in navigator and every city is filled with smell scapes.”

In The Fragrant City from PechaKucha Night Maastrict Volume 29, Speaker Tanja Schell shows how powerful one of our most ignored senses is. We live in a world of scents. And we are influenced by them 24/7. All those scents influence our mood and our wellbeing, all of them. Even those we are not aware of. Scent is a hidden but powerful dimension which adds a strong sense of place to the urban space, it makes cities more attractive and more safe. After ages of reducing and controlling odour emissions in the city, time has come to develop a positive policy to use this invisible power.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 22nd, 2017. 

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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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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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Sense of smell

BY WANDER EIKELBOOM
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 23, 2014

Smell is not just about what you feel is disgusting or nice. Smell forcefully sends a signal that immediately clears a way to our emotions and memories. Is it not strange that scent is only -applied sporadically in media & communication design?

Together with CMD Breda students and teachers Wander Eikelboom researched the current and future possibilities of scent in media- and communication design. These range from revolutionary thought-experiments to products and services that we could implement.

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Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture

BY ESTHER GERRARD
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 22, 2015

In "Green Spaces and Urban Acupuncture" From PechaKucha Night Dublin Vol. 8, based on her previous research, Landscape Architect Esther Gerrard talks about her ideas regarding "green spaces" and "urban acupuncture" to explore how they can be utilized to view public space differently. 

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On Being Dapper

BY CLAYTON SMITH
@ VOL 37 ON MAR 01, 2016

Clayton Smith shares about Barnaby Dapper's Library Tonic: scents for readers that smell like story settings.

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It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

BY NINA CHASE
@ VOL 25 ON OCT 06, 2016

"We're showing citizens what they're buying before they write the final check."

In It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping from PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 25, Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation. She shares the power of prototyping and the impact design have in the communication between public spaces, the city council and the community. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 18th, 2017. 

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Reclaiming our Cities: A Brief Look at Organic Use of Space

BY DANNIEL ROUMIAN
@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2017

Danniel Roumian takes us to Madrid and back to Yerevan, questioning how to take ownership of and rethink the spaces around us.

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"It’s never going to work!”

BY DAN ACHER
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 31, 2018

That’s the answer I often get when I present my ideas to city councils. I like to inject a little craziness in our day to day lives to bring people together, and challenge the preconception that people in cities are too individualistic and closed off. Because time and time again, I have found that people from all walks of life and cultures are just waiting for opportunities to get together and connect. 

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Is public transport planning just for bureaucrats and consultants, or is there space for true community involvement?

BY ROBERT HENDERSON
@ VOL 36 ON SEP 17, 2018

Rob Henderson worked tirelessly for 6 years promoting bike share as part of Christchurch's public transport network. After being told "now's not the time for new ideas" he crowd-funded and launched a bike share pilot, and built a local community in support of the idea; providing the basis for a city business case for bike share. Before watching consultants and overseas companies get all the rewards.