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The United Nations of Food

@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Hear Charles Bibilos, writer of the United Nations of Food blog, talk about his quest to eat food from every country in the world (160 countries), without ever leaving New York City. Yum!

Help Charles finish his quest! Help him eat: East Timor, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, The Gambia, Kenya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

If you can help, or want to go out to eat with Charles, email him at

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New York: City on a Grid

@ VOL 7 ON DEC 04, 2015

Actor David Duchovny (!) says of Gerard Koeppel's new book: “ I’ve spent most of my life walking the straight lines of the world’s greatest city, and have never thought to ask: Is this a different shape from other cities, and if so, why, and who did it? Koeppel’s book answers these questions, in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page. This is one of those books you always wished would be written, and here it is. Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of New York and cities generally, and bound to fuel cocktail conversations up, down, and across the city for years to come.”

Listen here for a whirlwind history of NY's grid as it develops!

Gerard Koeppel writes history, mostly New York related, but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks. He was also a captain of a charter sailboat, an awful law student, a licensed hack (out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage), and then, for many years, a radio reporter/writer/editor/producer, mostly with CBS News.

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A Journey in Hats

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 01, 2016

New York based and originally from Papua New Guinea, Eleanor O'Connell has been working within the Theatre, Performance Art, Film, Fashion and Design industry as a Costumier, Costume Designer, Wardrobe Manager, Milliner and Artist from London to Melbourne and now New York. Listen to her journey here!

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Keiki Club

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Aviva Rowley and friends founded Keiki Club - an open social community for friends and flora fanatics to come together and grow plants, share knowledge, and trade collections. Attend a Keiki Club meeting in NY or California - more info here.

Aviva is a ceramicist / artist / florist from Brooklyn, New York.  She graduated from Cooper Union in 2011 with a BFA.  She has been finding nature in Brooklyn her whole life and stubbornly refuses to leave NY - thus forcing her to create an indoor jungle.  

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Natural Leavening

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

From Texas to New York to Brazil, professional pizza man Anthony Falco has been active in the food industry from a widely popular french fry stand to a famous Bushwick pizzeria, to perfecting delicious bread recipes with his kids. At PechaKucha Night NYC, he talks about the process and health benefits to naturally leavened dough!

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From Model to Installation


Michael Szivos is the founder of SOFTlab, a New York City based design studio that combines research, technology, and ideas to craft work that spans multiple mediums and scales. In 2012 SOFTlab was awarded the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, and in 2010 the studio was selected, along with seven other young studios, for the New Practices New York award by the AIA Chapter of New York. He also teaches at Pratt Institute and Columbia University.

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Designing Bicycle Share Programming


Kris Moreau is a Brooklyn-based designer, maker, and writer. She wants to help catalyze more ecologically resilient urban systems through architecture and inclusive civic design. Listen to her PechaKucha presentation about how bicycle share programs are being designed in Portland and New Orleans.

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Pavilions of Dreams


Architect Jessica Sheridan talks about the annual Figment Pavilion design competition on New York City's Governors Island. 

Jessica Sheridan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Associate at Mancini Duffy. She manages accounts for international financial and technology firms. Jessica is a NY Regional Representative on the AIA Strategic Council. She is passionate about Resilience and Placemaking.


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The Architecture of Entitlement

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

In a whirlwind PechaKucha presentation, architect Emma Fuller discusses a history of language and the city plan - how entitlement has created a new architectural tool for the powerful to dismantle the collective and empower the singular. See examples from Mussolini to Trump in this 20x20 !

Emma Fuller is an associate with Diane Lewis Architect PC and teaches architectural history and theory at Pratt Institute. She received her degree from the Cooper Union. Her work addresses architecture as art and memory. This is expanded upon in published essays, exhibitions and architectural projects including the "Richmond as a Work of Art" series, the IPA fellowship, the Green Ward and Michelangelo-La Tourette papers, and the Nebo House.

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A Car-Free Solution in a Transportation Crisis

@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

Friends Cricket Day, Chris Robbins, and Becca Groban have a solution to the looming transportation crisis hitting New York City in 2019! Listen to their logical solution in this PechaKucha presentation in celebration of NYCxDesign.

Cricket Day, Chris Robbins, Becca Groban, and Kellen Parker are four friends who love to argue about their adopted home, NYC. With backgrounds in landscape architecture, journalism, city planning, and financial risk, the group won Transportation Alternatives’ L-ternative Visions: Reimagining 14th Street and Beyond in March.

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Our Week in Milan

Oh what a week it was. The return of PechaKucha to Milan was a great thing indeed, and we'd like to thank every single presenter who accepted our invitation, and took part in our series of events (over 4 nights) at the Heineken Open Design Explorations temporary club space. The venue itself was a sight to behold -- we loved the giant "screen" made up Heineken bottles, that would play videos, or reflect what was happening in front of it (see more in this piece from Cool Hunting) -- and we handed over the stage on the first night to a few of the designers who helped produce it (again, they were chosen at PK events that were held last year in Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Milan, and NYC). Having a proper PechaKucha presence as part of Milan Design Week certainly felt right, and we would love to see it happen again. Also, look to the London Design Festival in September, as we will have a strong PechaKucha presence there too.

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Architizer A+ Awards

We're very happy to announce that PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham is one of the judges for this year's Architizer A+ Awards. The competition looks to highlight "the world’s best spaces and structures, and the minds behind them," and it's an honor for PechaKucha to be a part of it all. You'll find more details about the Awards on the dedicated site, and here's a video that shows off the creative process behind the making of the A+ Awards Statuette (pictured in this post), designed by Snarkitecture. The winners will be announced in May at a red carpet gala in NYC.

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Photo from PKN NYC Vol. 14

Last week's PechaKucha Night (Vol. 14) in New York was a great success, with over 600 in attendance. We'll soon have the presentations to share on the site, but in the meantime, here's a peek at the what the space where the event looked like.

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NYT Gives PechaKucha the Thumbs-Up

The New York Times has a post dedicated to making your thoughts more organized and succinct. In the article, the PechaKucha 20x20 format is used as the primary method to go about doing so: Make sure you speak loudly and slowly. Make eye contact with the audience. Your goal is to keep your audience interested by reporting the interesting information you have learned, but also by maintaining a conversational tone as you explain it. Check out the full write-up here.

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Poster for PKN Brooklyn Vol. 1

NYC has long been home to a PechaKucha Night series, but we're about to expand with a new series in Brooklyn, which is set to kick off on August 14 at Galapagos Art Space. Visit the official event page for more details. The poster for the event was designed by Jackie Barry.

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PKN Hamptons in the NYT

It always makes us happy to see our series around the world get some great media coverage, and we'd like to highlight this New York Times piece, "The Creativity of Almost Anything," that takes a look at the PKN series in the Hamptons.

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Pow Wow 2015 in Tokyo

Our PechaKucha Night Vol. 123 in Tokyo next week (Friday, March 20) will be a bit different, as its part of our Pow Wow 2015 global organizer summit with the lineup completely made up of PechaKucha Night organizers. You can visit our official event page for more details on the organizers who will present, but here's a look at the city's that will be covered, a true trip around the world: Tel Aviv, Brussels, Dundee, Aalen, NYC, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Ginowan, Tainan, and Aden. お伝えしていた通り、来週のペチャクチャナイト Vol. 123 (3月20日(金))はいつもとちょっと違います。ラインナップ全員がペチャクチャナイト主催者で構成されます。 オフィシャルサイトにてプレゼンテーションの詳細をみることが出来ますが、ココで各都市をご紹介:Tel Aviv, Brussels, Dundee, Aalen, NYC, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Ginowan, Tainan, and Aden. 世界旅行になりそうです!

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The Living in Brooklyn

Founder of the The Living in Brooklyn, an Autodesk design studio, David Benjamin will be in presenting in Brooklyn this week as part of NYCxDesign, 2015. Pscyh yourself up for his talk by watching his previous PKN presentation, Prototyping Architecture, from NYC, Vol. 14. 

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New York…Not Nearly How I Pictured It!

"There was never a moment in my young life that I ever expected to be working with celebrities, top models, and traveling the world on somebody else's dime."In New York…Not Nearly How I Pictured It! from Beacon Vol. 2, photographer Rob Penner takes us on a decidedly NSFW tour of NYC during the heady times of the late '70's and early '80's, when he worked as an aspiring assistant fashion photographer. From the famed Studio 54 to the wiseguys of Mulberry St., it was a helluva ride.

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Wearable Technology for All

"Usually what I make doesn't have much to do with what's on a runway."In "Wearable Technology for All" from Brooklyn Vol. 6, Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow! Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.