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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.