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Jenn Graham

Social Innovation Designer, Aha! Strategy in Atlanta

Open Streets Threaten to Make Cities Cool

PRESENTED ON APR 01, 2014
IN ATLANTA @ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH

Like many superheroes, Jenn Graham didn’t choose to become a crusader for urban good — she was catapulted into it, quite literally. After breaking her arm when her bicycle tire got stuck in a drain grate, she began campaigning to make small changes to her home city of Atlanta. What started with grate replacements across became open-street activities hosting nearly 100 thousand citizens; a force that leads us to question how cities ought to be designed.

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Improving Our City Streets

BY BARRY WILSON
@ VOL 11 ON JUL 29, 2012

Barry Wilson is a landscape architect, and in his presentation he hopes to show how we can work to make our city streets function in a better and more efficient way. (in English)

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.

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A Museum Without Walls


ON MAY 14, 2014

Director at the Design Museum Portland David Laubenthal speaks on the unique methods he and his colleagues have put in place to get design in front of viewers not just inside museums, but out on the streets of Portland too. 

From PechaKucha Portland's Vol. 12.

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Reclaiming the Streets of Chennai

BY ASWATHY DILIP
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 30, 2015

Aswathy Dilip talks about a citizen's initiative called Namma Chennai Namakke, for which she is taking the lead in gathering the support of Chennai citizens, including automobile owners, to embrace car-free streets on Sunday mornings. The space it is hoped can be used to promote healthy and happy lifestyles, and social capital through community building activities. When Dilip is not passionately spending time at work, she spends it with her naughty little son.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 31st, 2015. 

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Soft Verges

BY IAN HINGLEY
@ DESIGN FRINGE POWERED BY PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 03, 2015

Ian Hingley takes us through the streets of France, Italy, Portugal, Holland and UK, and talks about the advantages and joy of a green verges in a street environment compare to all systematically paved over verges. Ecology, biodiversity, water management, oxygen production in verges should be in London and gives an example of community gorilla action happening in Hackney.

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Take To The Streets

BY ALEX WRIGHT
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 29, 2015

Take To The Streets is a message from Alex Wright, inspiring us to get up and take action. To fill our city with singing, with laughter, with stories, with drawings and with dancing. Do not wait to be asked, do not wait for permission. Take to your streets and fill them with art.

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Open Streets Nashville

BY DAVE THIENEL
@ VOL 21 ON AUG 11, 2016

What would you do if you had a major street corridor with no cars on it to do what you would like with?

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Rural Arts Activism

BY KARIN COPE
@ VOL 21 ON SEP 24, 2016

"These days, arts and artists are mostly urban, this is not news, but whenever things are brought from the wilderness to the country, to the city, they are brought to make a point."

In "Rural Arts Activism" from PechaKucha Night Halifax Vol. 21, Associate Professor at NSCAD University Karin Cope presents the many creative opportunities in Halifax to explore the arts to enhance the lives of the members of her rural community. 

Karen is a poet, sailor, photographer, videographer, writer, activist, and blogger. Her publications include scholarly works (Passionate Collaborations: Learning to Live with Gertrude Stein,) popular histories (Casting a Legend: The Story of the Lunenburg Foundry), poetry (What we’re doing to stay afloat), short stories, and substantial blogs. A founding member of Art and Activism at NSCAD, Cope is also a community activist on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. 

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Open Streets

BY LISA NUSZKOWSKI
@ VOL 29 ON SEP 20, 2016

Lisa Nuszkowski is an advocate for and leader in transportation and mobility in Detroit. As founder and executive director of Detroit Bike Share, the city’s first public bike share system, set to launch in Spring 2017, she is also leading efforts to launch Detroit’s inaugural Open Streets program in Fall 2016.