BUFFALO Search Results: “air pollution”

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 


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The Story of Buffalo BookBike

@ 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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Our Outer Harbor

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

In Our Outer Harbor from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, writer, naturalist, and environmental activist, Jay Burney, recalls the activism of Margaret Mead to remind us we have the power to advocate for public lands and sustainable development. Buffalo's Outer Harbor has been used, abused, targeted, developed, abandoned, and targeted again. Legacy contamination remains. Burney and the Our Outer Harbor advocacy group are on the front lines resisting the privatization of public land through protests, workshops, public meetings and hearings, media production, and community engagement.

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CoRE Sustainability

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"When sustainabilty is framed in a different way that connects with peoples' core needs and values, it unleashes empowerment." 

In CoRE Sustainability from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Tyra Johnson, Founder and President or Blue Sky Design Supply and Alexandra McPherson, Founder and Principal of Niagara Share, present a new sustainability program in Buffalo, the Collaboratory for the Regenerative Economy (CoRE). The CoRE initiative is a research and education partnership led by the University at Buffalo Department of Materials Design and Innovation, in partnership with Clean Production Action and Niagara Share, that brings together complementary expertise – in research, market analysis, policy formulation, and social innovation -- to support the transition towards a safer materials economy.

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The Case for Transit

@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"It was a streetcar network that reached into all the nooks and crannies of Buffalo."

In The Case for Transit from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, President of Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT) in Buffalo, NY, Doug Funke, recalls the days of efficient streetcar transportation in Buffalo, New York and advocates for improving the current public transportation challenges in the Buffalo Niagara region. The 1950's and 1960's saw a decline in public transport and a car-focused lifestyle with pockets of transit isolation. Funke and the CRT advocate for a return to a more climate-friendly and sustainable approach to public transportation. 


SITEWIDE Search Results: “air pollution”


Kyiv @ Kupidon
Feb 14, 2011


Albany, GA @ State Theater
Aug 09, 2013


Williamsburg @ Merchants Square
Sep 20, 2014


Dresden @ Verzahnungsfabrik
Jul 23, 2015


Erlangen @ E-Werk Erlangen, Biergarten
Jul 31, 2015


Gliwice @ Centrum Organizacji Kulturalnych GCOP
Oct 02, 2015


Erfurt @ Franz Mehlhose Kulturcafé
Jan 08, 2016


Aalen @ Aalener Löwenbrauerei
Jul 15, 2016


Moscow @ Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Mar 26, 2016


Salt Lake City @ Weller Book Works
Jan 28, 2017

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Hot Air Ballooning

@ VOL 12 ON NOV 16, 2012

Martin Hofer controls hot air balloons, and his presentation he shares stories that relate to his airborn adventures. (in German) 

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Air Quality in Prince George (the past, the present, the future)

@ VOL 4 ON JUL 14, 2015

For decades, air quality in the city of Prince George has ranked as some of the worst in Province. Join meteorologist Dennis Fudge as he explores the trends in major pollutants over the years. Learn what “the smell of money” really is, and what pollutants are on the rise and on the way out.

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The Wildlife Air Service

@ VOL 20 ON NOV 26, 2015

What if you could help protect the wildlife and other endangered species by air? What if you thought of a completely new way to protect forrest and sea? Speaker Wietse van der Werf wondered if he could set up a network of pilots to help from above. And as it turned out, he created a worlwide network of citizens who wanted to help him protect there local nature en envorinment. Now he and his Wildlife Air Service are an imortant partner for large environmental organizations.

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Plein Air for the Planet: Landscape Art as Environmental Activism

@ VOL 3 ON JAN 22, 2016

Speaker Stephen Washington, an artist living in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, believes strongly in the power of art—particularly plein air painting—to  help save the landscapes it so beautifully captures. 

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Yes, I'm an AIR-guitarist

@ VOL 26 ON MAY 13, 2016

Naoday Miyata give a special performance on AIR guitar!

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Noise pollution: how does it affect wildlife?

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 16, 2017

Eloise Lynch studies Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Noise pollution is one of many factors contributing to changes in wildlife. This presentation explores the impact of human induced noise polution on various species.



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Politics, Policy and Pollution Masks: Anecdotes from the Streets of New Delhi


In the winter of 2015, the condition of air pollution in Delhi was described as ‘severe’. PM 2.5 was 16 times the safe limit. The smog taking over the most polluted city in the world was hazardous to human health. The state and central governments, with contrasting policy narratives and intentions, were able to effectively engage its citizens to help mitigate the problem.  

So Praachi Kumar asks: How can policy nudge non-state actors to become mutually accountable for transformative change?

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Life In Plein Air

@ VOL 4 ON APR 05, 2018

Picture a jaunt through Europe, magic and beauty around on all sides. Beams of light hitting stately buildings in a way that they never will again. Walking past anchient cathedrals and the most treasured works of the old masters. And everywhere, every person has a story. No, it's not Fitzgerald or Hemingway. It is Richie Carter, whose uses plein-air painting to interact with people on a deeper, emotional level. 

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Make our lungs clean again

@ VOL 5 ON SEP 20, 2018

Air pollution is a silent killer. 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality are dangerously high. Over half a million premature deaths annually in the European Region are attributable to air pollution. Air pollution does not recognize borders. Improving air quality demands sustained and coordinated action at all levels. Dr. Maira Neira speaks about her work at WHO, the upcoming WHO conference on air pollution in Geneva and solutions to improve our air through sustainable transport, more efficient and renewable energy production and use, and waste management.

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Open Air PKN in Honolulu

PechaKucha Night in Honolulu Vol. 4 was held a couple of weeks ago, and from the photos I'm seeing in this Flickr photoset, I'm getting really jealous of open air PKN events -- see photos from last month's edition of PKN San Francisco for more evidence. I now dream of a PKN Tokyo with a backdrop of pink sakura.

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Flyer for PKN Jacksonville Vol. 7

Jacksonville will have its seventh PechaKucha Night next week (January 19), to be held at The 5points Theater -- you'll find all the presenters listed on the flyer above. And that movie reel you see pictured isn't just for show, as the evening's presentations will be followed by a screening of Jason Reitman's Up in the Air.

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PKN Nagoya + Haiti

Nagoya will be hosting an event during the "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti," to be held at the Like Air + Water venue, from 18:00. See the poster above for more details.

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PKN Tokyo Love

As spotted at last night's PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 72, a bit of love in the air (or on the denim, rather). The photo was found on "sketch projector" Shantell Martin's Flickr photostream -- she was one of the night's presenters, and you can see a few photos of her while presenting up already.

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The Power of 20

The number 20 is of course a special one for us -- it does form the basis of the entire format (20 images x 20 seconds) -- and we're always happy to see cities reach that special Vol. 20. Brussels is the latest city to hit the milestone, and how's this for a celebration of 20s: PechaKucha Night in Brussels Vol. 20 is held on November 20, with a start time of 20:20! Here's wishing Alok and his team a terrific event, and with already 400 people having pre-registered, it should be a memorable one. The photo above, by Rex Features, is from this article.

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Turning Air Into Water, Surfboard/Scene Design, and the Carrot Pavillion

Presentations Richard Groden is one of the founders of Island Sky, and in his presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15), he talks about its project to extract water from air and turn it into pure drinking water for areas where water is scarce or contaminated. Their goal is not just to produce drinkable water, but also to educate people on the important of sustainability in developing countries. Martín Várbaro is a plastic material artist who started his career by designing surfboards in Argentina, and later in more Latin American countries, including Peru and Brazil. As this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mar Del Plata Vol. 2) reveals, he also works as a scene decorator for theaters, museums, and public centers, and is now producing work in South America and Europe. Posters We have no new posters to share on the Tumblr blog today, but that gives us a chance to highlight the beach-friendly poster from last week's PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7. Photos and report We've got galleries for two firsts to share (in Castellon and Augsburg), but let us also point you to this blog post from Core77 about a recent PechaKucha event in London, part of the International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food. It was produced by PKN Brussels organizer Alok Nandi, and the photo above reveals the intriguing "Carrot Pavillion." PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 1 [Facebook]PKN Augsburg Vol. 1 [Facebook]Calendar We're kicking off the week with the re-start of the PKN series in Bangkok, with the city's Vol. 5 happening tonight (July 9). Tomorrow, there's one event on tap in the form of PKN Huancayo Vol. 10. 

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What Happened to Hip Hop That Got Tupac and Big Shot

In his presentation from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 3, David Hammon (Joint Managing Director of Scenic World) walks you through the conspiracy that revolved around the murders of Biggie and Tupac; a tale of East Coast vs. West Coast gangster rap. If you's a true player, put your hands in the air (or just give this one a look).

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Urban City Development in China

If there ever was a crystal ball into China's urban future, this is it: Thomas Hussey discusses China's current growth in urbanization. As we see in "Urban City Development in China" from PKN Chicago Vol. 25, although there are several challenges, such as outdated buildings, over-engineered highways, and pollution to deal with, they hope to redevelop the city, connect cities together, and create new cities entirely that would come to be potential solutions to those probelms. 

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Poster for PKN Dublin Vol. 7

Spring is in the air, as is evident on the poster for the upcoming PechaKucha Night Vol. 7 in Dublin, set for April 22. 

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City Focus: Aalen

Our "City Focus" this week heads to the German City of Aalen, home to the mysterious underground world of Tiefer Stollen, tunnels of retired iron mines beneath the city where the air so extremely clean and dust-free that treatments are offered to soothe asthma and other kinds of respiratory and allergic problems. That's a breath of fresh air! Everybody, cheer for Aalen on their 24th volume this week! Check out their presentation archive and keep your eyes and ears peeled for their upcoming presentations!