PechaKucha Presentation
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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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Detroit History Club

@ VOL 30 ON DEC 08, 2016

Bailey Sisoy-Isgro is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the newly founded Detroit History Club.  She is an author, humorist, workaholic, and Faygo-loving tour guide from the great City of Detroit.

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Detroit Mobility Specialist

@ VOL 31 ON MAR 22, 2017

Jeffrey Nolish used to be an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force. Today, he works to make it easier about Detroit – whether on foot, by book, or by mass transit.

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Fashionable Detroit

@ VOL 32 ON JUN 29, 2017

As a fashion and costume designer, Nabeela Najjar creates garments that are heavily influenced by dreams and nature. She recently graduated from the College for Creative Studies where she focused on fiber and textiles design.

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The Detroit Industrial Adaptive Reuse Initiative

@ VOL 35 ON MAY 10, 2018

The Detroit Industrial Adaptive Reuse Initiative is dedicated to identifying positively impactful strategies for Detroit’s vacant and underutilized industrial spaces. Alicia Adams + Marta Gazda’s 8-month effort is focused on developing thoughtful, innovative, and inclusive strategies for the reutilization for nearly 6 square miles of underutilized space for workforce, sustainable systems, recreation, and community support.

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Creating a New Neighborhood in Detroit

@ VOL 35 ON MAY 10, 2018

As George Petkoski works to rebuild a neighborhood in Detroit, he searches for a concept to unify the project design in a meaningful and recognizable manner. He starts with several interrelated ideas that will become the basis of a design.

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Live6 Detroit

@ VOL 36 ON OCT 17, 2018

Caitlin Murphy comes to us directly out of Live6 Detroit in the northwest portion of Detroit where she is the Civic Commons Coordinator. At Live6, Caitlin works to boost the community and its economy through the Live6's national initiative to reinvest into local public gathering places

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Stitch City-Old Redford Detroit

@ VOL 36 ON OCT 17, 2018

Michael Styczynski, Laura Walker & Paul Codreanu had the winning design proposal for the DCDC and the City of Detroit’s Planning & Development Department. Their shared experience and expertise show us how design can help to redevelop a city.

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Detroit Food Commons

@ VOL 39 ON SEP 11, 2019

Russell Baltimore is a Design Leader with over 22 years of experience executing forward-thinking AEC projects from concept design through completion. He is joined by Malik Yakini, an activist and educator who is committed to freedom and justice for African people in particular and humanity in general.

In the Detroit Food Commons presentation, Russell and Malik discuss the how the site has been inspired by a shortage of grocery stores within Detroit boroughs and limited black-led businesses. Both men consider this a catalyst for community development as the site will offer not only opportunity for healthy foods, but also help to recirculate local profits within the city and provide the community with resources to prosper.

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Detroit and New Orleans

@ VOL 39 ON SEP 11, 2019

Wes Michaels is a founding principal of Spackman Mossop Michaels landscape architects based in New Orleans. As an industry leader Wes & his team push the boundaries of environment spaces to encompass smart, inclusive design which is both functional and future driven.

Citing examples from the work Spackman Mossop Michaels has done in both Detroit & New Orlean, Wes asked the questions: what happens to a neighborhood when everyone leaves and what can it be? What ideas can designers bring to a space as it develops? How do we redefine what that means for its current residents?