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Antonina Simeti

Executive Director, Groundwork Buffalo and Co-founder, Timbre Consultants Inc in Buffalo

20 Months

PRESENTED ON FEB 04, 2016
IN BUFFALO @ VOL 15

"As newcomers in a city we should step back, clear our minds and look for clues. What do we see? What can't we see?"

In 20 Months from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, urbanist Antonina Simeti reads excerpts from her diary of experiences and perspectives drawn from the past 20 months living in Amsterdam, Berlin and Buffalo. Through everyday observations of the physical realm, Antonina tries to uncover and understand how cultural, political and economic values and systems are expressed in our cities. 

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9 Months, 16000 km, Countless Friends

BY TENJI TAKAKURA
@ VOL 104 ON JUN 26, 2013

Tenji Takakura travelled from the UK, across Asia, to Japan (a 16,000km journey in total!) all on the two wheels of his bicycle. His journey took a full 9 months, he met peoples of all sorts, and came away from the experience believing in the goodness of all human beings. (in Japanese)

 

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How 3D-printing Gave Me a Ride2 Fashion Week Amsterdam

BY RIK THEUNISSEN
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 17, 2014

3D printing is an awesome tool for designers. Rik Theunissen specializes in unique projects. In his PechaKucha talk he presents his design for big pieces of random crystals. They were shown at the well-known Amsterdam Fashion Week.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 20, 2014.

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32 Months

BY FINAH YUSOF
@ VOL 6 ON DEC 19, 2015

“Hitchhiking is defined as travel by getting free lifts in passing vehicles. most people… would describe it as one way of getting yourself killed. I define it as the eye opening experience of seeing kindness in strangers.”

In 32 Months from PechaKucha Bandar Seri Begawan’s 6th Volume speaker Finah Yusof, founder of Gypsy Borneo, shares an amazing journey. A two month holiday to drink coffee and meet new friends ended up instead as an explosion of adventures and incredible encounters of human kindness in the span of thirty-two. Full of curiosity and the need to seek, her decision to continue traveling (or, really, hitchhiking) brought her experiences she never thought she would ever see and feel. She learned many things from how people are to how to survive to how to be what we all are… human.

Finah urged people to have trust and to drop their fears. To say "Yes" instead of hesitating. To be alive.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, February 29th, 2016. 

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20:20 Vision

BY CHRIS LISTER
@ VOL 1 ON FEB 11, 2016

Chris Lister had been in Laos for about six months after living in Singapore, London and Tokyo. His presentation is about a year of transition in 2015, as he moved from Singapore to Vientiane, as well as other places in between. Listen as he preforms an original song which narrates stories of travel and change, while presenting a collection of photographs he took of various locations he visited during the transition.

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Foraging and Picking

BY BRIAN CARTER
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"Architects are hunters and gatherers." 

In "Foraging and Picking" from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 17, professor of architecture Brian Carter provides a retrospective of twenty postcards from his many travels, highlighting what each image signifies in the mind of an architect. Carter reminds us that architecture can be an international language. It prompts travel, causing us walk into buildings, to meet people, and to listen, sense and smell the places that we go. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 21st, 2016. 

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The Story of Buffalo BookBike

BY AMY OZAY
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“We need to bring the fun back to reading, and rolling up with a book bike might be a way to do that.” 

In The Story of Buffalo BookBike from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Founder of Buffalo BookBike in Buffalo, NY, Amy Ozay, talks about her love of Buffalo, books, and bikes. Taking inspiration from similar programs in other cities, she launched Buffalo BookBike in 2015, which gives free books to the children of Buffalo in parks and playgrounds throughout the summer months. The BookBike has given away over 1,000 books to date, with the hopes of slowing down the summer slide. Her dream is to increase the reach of the BookBike, foster more collaboration between local literacy organizations, and help convert Buffalo parks to open air libraries in the future. As Cicero wrote, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 

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Collage City

BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."

In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.

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Finding Home

BY NICK GIRARD
@ VOL 28 ON FEB 23, 2017

"Our home wasn't the house we were leaving, and it wasn't the house we were moving to, it was the family we were. And now, as an adult, I've gotta redefine home."

In "Finding Home" from PechaKucha Night Portsmouth Vol. 28Nick Girard shares his inspiring journey which took him and his girlfriend across the world. Accompanied by the stunning photography of the beautiful sights he explored, Nick presents to us that home is not a stationary place but a state of mind.

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Serious Play

BY LING-YUN TANG
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

In the summer of 2018, Ling-Yun Tang spent 2 months in Berlin with her children and fell in love with the public playgrounds. As she crisscrossed the city visiting numerous parks and playgrounds, she was impressed by how well play was integrated into public spaces, and learned a valuable lesson about letting go when it came to letting her children explore and take risks on their own.