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.GIFs: an Emotive Vocabulary

BY SHA HWANG
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Sha Hwang takes us through the history of .gifs, and their use in society, as an emotive vocabulary for current events, sports, and every day life.

Sha is an information designer and technologist based mostly in Brooklyn. A failed architect and an accidental entrepreneur, Sha has designed and built work for clients such as the New York Times, MTV, Flickr, and Adobe. Previously, Sha worked at Stamen Design and later cofounded the company Movity, which was acquired by Trulia. Sha spends his nights trawling Tumblr and printing gifs as Gifpop and his days working with Nava to improve healthcare.gov and other parts of government.

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20 examples of lettering within 20 miles of my house

BY PHIL BAINES
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Designer and senior lecturer in typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Phil Baines tells us about his love of lettering and gives examples of found typography close to where he lives.

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The art and technology behind 3D printing

BY MARC BAX
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Dutch born Marc Bax is a Mechanical engineer who loves turning ideas into prototypes and has spent the last few years working with 3D printing technology to do just that. He talks us about the diffence between conventional and 3D printing.

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A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects

BY ANG LI
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"A wall and a column...what they have in common is an interest in looking at the cultural agency of traditional building materials and their ability to speak."

In A Wall and A Column: 2 Projects from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Peter Reyner Banham Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Ang Li presents a pair of site specific installations that explore the cultural agency of vernacular building materials. Horror Vacui is an installation in Lisbon, Portugal that examines the ability of building facades to “speak” through the medium of the Portuguese “azulejo” - hand-painted ceramic tiles often depicting scenes from historic or civic events. The piece explores the narrative potential of bricks and mortar within contemporary image sharing and crowdsourcing platforms. No Frills is an installation in Buffalo, New York that stems out of an interest in the industrialized production of terracotta in the 19th century as a new kind of ornamental language. In a semi-abandoned Chevrolet Factory by the architect Albert Kahn, a 13-foot column interrupts the existing grid of the assembly floor,  acting as a bridge between the vast scale of obsolete industry and the human scale of the architectural ornament.

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Upcycling

BY CHRISSY BROWN
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

"It's not only a way of life, but it's a necessity for some to survive."

In "Upcycling" from PechaKucha Night St. Neots Vol. 6, Traveller, blogger, and upcycler Chrissy Brown tells us why her passion for saving, collecting and reusing objects and materials has transformed the way she sees the world and helped her win Shed of the Year 2015.

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Pavilions of Dreams

BY JESSICA SHERIDAN
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

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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Art of the Reef

BY MICHAEL POPE
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 20, 2018

The marine world has served as a source of inspiration, a destination and even material debris from which to create art. Join Michael as he explores some of the big names as well as local ones whose work reflects the reef and the ocean around us.

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Housing 2.0: New Technologies, Natural Materials

BY MALCOLM FRASER
@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Malcolm Fraser is an Edinburgh architect whose award-winning work spans from Arts, conservation and Business to advising and empowering communities and award-winning homes and placemaking for clients from individuals to Housing Associations, Councils and volume housebuilders. He sits on the Government’s Joint Housing Supply and Delivery Group and contributes to current Land and Planning Reform initiatives, including with the Common Weal lobby group, whose Board he sits on, and with whom he is leading new policy on homes and communities. He also led the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Review, which sought to bring life and investment to Scotland’s urban centres, and is working on policy initiatives from Land and Planning Reform and Infrastructure initiatives through to Collective Self-Build. 

Fraserlivingstone.com / allofusfirst.com / @common_weal

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Glasgow Tool Library

BY CHRISTOPHER STRACHAN
@ VOL 37 ON JUN 12, 2019

The Glasgow Tool Library is a social enterprise that operates like a normal library, but instead of sharing books we share tools. We collect donations of tools from those that no longer use them, repair and care for them, and make them accessible to everyone through a pay-what-you-can membership. By creating a communal resource and community-run library,
we aim to challenge unsustainable relationships between use and ownership, promoting a more collaborative economy and society.
facebook.com/glasgowtoollibrary / @GLA_TL

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Rectangle Studio

BY LIZZIE MALCOLM
@ VOL 37 ON JUN 12, 2019

Rectangle is an interface design studio based in Glasgow, Scotland, founded by Daniel Powers (US) and Lizzie Malcolm (UK) in August 2017. They work with information
and technology and content and form to develop projects in various media. With a focus on what they call “site-speci c interfaces”, Rectangle writes software, builds tools, creates archives, designs interfaces and explores technologies. All projects are designed and developed inhouse. Outcomes encompass the physical and digital. Computation is central, but not always visible.
rectangle.design / @rctngl

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PKN Champaign-Urbana Material

To help promote this Friday's launch of PechaKucha Night in Champaign-Urbana, the organizers produced all manner of handouts (badges, business cards, posters) to help spread the word about the event. The photos in this post were taken at a booth at the local Farmer's Market.

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Dirk Jan Postel

Today's presentation was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 72, and features Dutch architect Dirk Jan Postel -- one of the leading proponents of glass structures -- talking about his use of the material in a few of his projects.

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Salutation to Corrugation

Whoever said, "If you're board then you're boring" must not have seen these stunning cardboard works. In today's Presentation of the Day, "Salutation to Corrugation" from PKN Cleveland Vol. 9, we hear from artist Mark Langan who, one day received a large amount of corrugated cardboard boxes from his neighbors, and decided to do something amazing with them. His three-dimensional works are composed entirely of recycleable material, and have become popular among eco-friendly movers and shakers.

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Materials, Tradition, and Craft

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Materials, Tradition, and Craft" from a special PechaKucha Tokyo event entitled 「ICSでNight!」 at the ICS College of Arts, designer Yuki Tanaka speaks on her reverance for Japanese traditional craftsmanship. Her idea for a bottle holder is rejected due to it being too costly both time-wise and money-wise. She redesigns her holder to a less costly design that is remarkably elegant. She also shows us some of the other unique projects she has undertaken, including a spherical fruit basket and a cubic clock composed of three different variations of bronze.

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Innovative Materials

Ever wonder how these crazy, newfangled structures are being built? Mitsuhiro Kanada talks about an often overlooked facet of design - materials. Innovative design solutions to cultural differences, environmental differences, and scarcity problems can be solved by taking a fresh look at materials and the many different ways they can be combined. In "Innovative Materials" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 108, Mitsuhiro shows us how.

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Materials Innovation through Failure

Making ... allows me to invent something, mock it up, and fail. And then improve it.  Mike Moore of Tres Bird Workshop, talks about his approach to architecture and design through making and inventing: a process that allows him to fail and continually improve on his work. In "Materials Innovation through Failure" from PKN Denver Vol. 19, he shows this process in action through his past and recent projects and how it has transfromed his work into innovative and environmentally conscious architectural design. 

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Material Knowledge

After discovering leftover material from Kikutake's 1970 Osaka Expo tower, architectural researcher Nick Bruscia and his students began experimenting with textured stainless steel sheets to create a system of woven face frames. In "Material Knowledge" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 115, we see that its reflection of sunlight and resistance to wind make the installation's specular quality and the structural integrity one in the same. Nick comments that he is trying to create knowledge about materials, rather than implement knowledge. 

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Textile-Reinforced Concrete: Material of the Future

When you hear the word "concrete" you don't typically think free-flowing fluid or organic structures. ...It's likely you might think of bunkers, gray urbanity, and bleak high-rise structures. However, in "Textile-Reinforced Concrete: Material of the Future" from PKN Maastricht Vol. 20, Kevin Pidun of Lehrstuhl für Plastik shows us that textile-reinforced concrete opens a new universe of surprising uses and forms for this gray material. 

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Gardens of Winter

“What caught my eye was the border between the man made landscape, and the natural landscape.” Printmaking MFA graduate Hannah Skoonberg speaks on her art work, which explores the concepts of memory and object. In “Gardens of Winter” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 5 she speaks about how her art — composed mostly of paper — is fragile, vulnerable, and though based on real-life useful objects is unusable due to the material used in its construction.

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Ceramic Assemblies

"Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives." In Ceramic Assemblies from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Laura Garófalo and Omar Kahn of Liminal Projects discuss their prototypes for ceramic building systems that were developed at the European Ceramics Workcentre (ekwc), in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. They are designs that explore ways that architecture can mediate heat, water and nature. Ceramics, which are fired clay, are one of the oldest building materials. But they defy easy categorization because their behavior and properties are so diverse. Ceramics were used to build the Roman aqueducts and also used for the heat shield on the Space Shuttle. Ask a ceramicist and they will insist that the material lives. It is this quality that Garófalo and Kahn want to capture and perpetuate in their work.