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New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks Channel

The New Cities Foundation's mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations. WhatWorks is a speaker series curated by the Foundation aimed at finding the up-and-coming innovators working on solving the great urban challenges of our time, including energy, mobility, health, housing, and many more.

Shannon Urban
in Williston
danielle urban
in WILLISTON
Władysław Urban
in North Las Vegas
Anna Urban
Student, Marquette University in Milwaukee

PAST VOL 8

New Orleans @ Propeller Incubator
May 02, 2013

PAST Urban Innovation Happy Hour

Toronto @ Handle Bar
Apr 30, 2014

PAST PechaKucha Urban Innovation Month

New Cities Foundation: WhatWorks
Apr 01, 2014

PAST VOL 16

New Orleans @ TRÈO
Apr 08, 2015

PAST VOL 15

Vologda @ ArtZone15|17
Jul 17, 2014

PAST VOL 4

Wolfville @ Wolfville Farmer's Market
Mar 11, 2015

PAST VOL 5

Pittsburg, KS @ Pittsburg State University, Kansas Technology Center
Apr 25, 2014

PAST VOL 1

Ufa @ VDNH
Nov 21, 2015

PAST VOL 0

Moscow @ Central Exhibition Hall ‘Manege’
Oct 17, 2015

PAST VOL 61

Budapest @ Rákóczi Téri Vásárcsarnok
Oct 04, 2018

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The San Francisco of Tomorrow

BY CRAIG SCOTT
@ VOL 53 ON SEP 05, 2013

Craig Scott, an architect, proposes ideas for putting three of San Francisco's abandoned buildings to new and innovative new uses. Some old silos are transformed into a gigantic 3D printer, an old crane is turned into a digital technology innovation lab, and an old stadium is turned into a greenhouse.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 7, 2013.

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Becoming a Citizen Architect

BY JEN STRINGER
@ ARCHEX PECHAKUCHA SESSION ON NOV 07, 2013

When you're an architect you meet a lot of people who say, "I always wanted to be an architect." Jen Stringer said that and she made it so, through inspiration, disillusion, perserverance, world setbacks, and life's other surprises. The subtitle to her presentation is "my journey into a place I never knew I always wanted to be." It's a good place. We should all be so lucky.

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Extreme Reforestation

BY SERGIO DE LARA
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

While living in Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey, Sergio De Lara noticed a distinct lack of urban forestry, most pointedly during the city’s 50-degree summers. What began as a small grass-roots collective digging up previously-sealed sidewalk planters grew to a corporate-sponsored non-profit NGO (going by the name Reforestación Extrema) complete with volunteer teams re-foresting parks and city streets all over. 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 17, 2014.

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

BY GRAEME STEWART
@ URBAN INNOVATION HAPPY HOUR ON APR 30, 2014

Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In Toronto, Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

"Presentation of the Day" on December 4, 2014.

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A Transient View

BY ADAM GREEN
@ VOL 1 ON APR 18, 2015

Navy sailor Adam Green relocates his family to New Bern, North Carolina. The quanit town fails to impress him so he re-imagines the sleepy city, envisioning a vibrant update focussed on overcoming the community's many challenges.

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Tools - A Community Fabrication Centre in Maastricht

BY ROBERT KATZENSON
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 23, 2015

Robert Katzenson believes in the community’s ability to fabricate, renovate and maintain structures and public installations. He shows how the residents and the city of Maastricht, and the South Limburg region could benefit from a Community Fabrication/Maintenance Centre.

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Putting a Neighborhood Back Together

BY MADELINE FLETCHER
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 14, 2016

Madeline Fletcher, head of the Newburgh Land Bank, explains how her organization revitalizes neighborhoods block by block in the economically challenged city of Newburgh, NY. 

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Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78

BY FRANK PALEN, ESQ., AICP
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

“Think of me as a time traveler. I’m going to take you back to a place called Buffalo in the 1970s.”

In Buffalo Entertainment District Project, 1977-78 from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, attorney and urban renewal advocate, Frank Palen, recalls the creation of a historic district for theatre and culture from a once abandoned rust belt urban core. From 1977 to 1979, Palen was Research Associate in the Center for Community Research and Development at the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Environmental Design, serving as Coordinator of the Buffalo Entertainment District Project. The University at Buffalo’s graduate studio investigated the potential of promoting a theater district in what was then an increasingly abandoned section of Downtown, despite various setbacks and a challenging political climate. The result was a very high-profile effort that set an agenda for the redevelopment of Buffalo that continues today.

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The Stove Network

BY KATIE ANDERSON
@ VOL 31 ON APR 20, 2017

The Stove Network is an artist-led project, interested in creating a new identity for Dumfries town centre in the changing face of market towns across Scotland and beyond. The Stove promotes creativity as a means for empowering our community to become active citizens in creating the Dumfries of the future.

Katie Anderson is a visual artist, based in South West Scotland, and has been part of the Stove Network’s curatorial team for four years.

Katie has worked as Lead Artist on various Stove projects alongside her own personal studio practice, and is interested in artworks and approaches that are participatory, collaborative and rooted in place.

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Possibilities in Urban Space

BY MELISSA HIGGS
@ VOL 45 ON MAY 08, 2018

Melissa shows us the power of architecture and design to change the way we view spaces, and how we can develop connections in those spaces. 

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A Guide to Post-Racial America and Urban Renewal in Genoa

Presentations Duante Beddingfield is a local writer whose work can be found in the Dayton Daily News and on the Welcome Dayton website. With his presentation (from PKN Dayton Vol. 10), Duante hopes to help guide us towards a post-racial America, by going through the "dos" and "don'ts" of having a black friend. Beatrice Moretti and Paola Sabbion are architects from URBAN LAB. In this presentation (in Italian, from PKN Genoa Vol. 1), they cover a project called the new City Urban Planning.
 The project involved the announcement of the Genoa Urban Plan 2010 through the publication of the Urban Lab Notebooks, and the staging of the exhibition "Genoa Today, Genoa Tomorrow" in December 2011, an extraordinary instrument of participation and opportunity for discussion. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is the poster you see above, for PKN San Juan (in Argentina) Vol. 7. It was designed by Francisco Riveros of Mundo Estudio. Photos We'll hopefully have more to share in the coming days, but for now here's a peek (above) at what the recent PKN Innsbruck Vol. 1 looked like -- and the event poster was posted to our Tumblr blog prior to the event. Calendar Tonight (July 19) we have St. Albert's first PKN, and there's a special edition PKN in Chicago. Tomorrow, it's Tijuana's turn to host its very first PKN, while Waterville has its Vol. 8. 

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Minor Urban Disasters

Each day we pass by what Ariel Schlesinger calls "Minor Urban Disasters". These can include, but are not limited to: lazy constructions, acts of frustration taken out on physical objects, and discarded or misplaced products.  In this edition of Presentation of the Day from PKN Tokyo Vol. 74, he points out the fact that most of us tend to overlook the humor, or sadness that can be found when coming into contact with these small peculiarities. One must have sympathy for the inanimate, for these senseless acts of human savagery and carelessness are vicious: cinder block heedlessly used to fill a circular window in Tel Aviv, a tossed-aside umbrella bent by some angry soul, bricks once painted with signs of guidance improperly re-situated, road signs knocked back by trucks not suited for the clearance height. Won't you open your heart to those who cannot defend themselves?

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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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Transport and Urban Planning for People

Cars take up a lot of space and cost a lot of money, we need better ways to get people around cities. As Julie Anne Genter — a Green Party member of New Zealand parliament — says, "People need to get around the city, but there aren’t many choices." Cars take up a lot of space, create congestion, cost a lot of money, and make cities more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. In "Transport and Urban Planning for People" from a special urban edition of PKN Auckland, we see that Julie is working to implement people-oriented infrastructure, and remove outdated planning rules to make Auckland more efficient, liveable for its citizens.

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Urban Food Forests

Urban farming, rooftop gardens, and sustainable growth are becoming ever-prominent practice in a metropolitan setting. Advisor at Ooooby James Samuel discusses the unsustainable industrial methods in which food is produced, its impact on the environment, and the resulting low quality products. In "Urban Food Forests" from a special edition of PKN Auckland, he goes into depth on a few projects working to source fresh food for the growing city populations the world over. Oooby provides urban communities with local food, and entrepreneurial individuals the opportunity to join their network. 

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Tower Neighbourhood Renewal

“These are the most important buildings of the future.” Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In “Tower Neighbourhood Renewal” from PKN Toronto’s special Urban Innovation Happy Hour, we see that Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns. 

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NEW DATE - THE URBAN FOOD MOVEMENT

New date for the Pecha Kucha Harrisburg Event - The Urban Food Movement  

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It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping

  "We're showing citizens what they're buying before they write the final check." In It’s a Test! The Power of Urban Prototyping from PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh Vol. 25, Landscape architect and urban designer Nina Chase talks about temporary fun, public space, and urban transformation. She shares the power of prototyping and the impact design have in the communication between public spaces, the city council and the community. 

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INTER|URBAN

"Most importantly, The Rapid is the future of Cleveland Transit to me." In " INTER|URBAN" from PechaKucha Cleveland Vol. 29, Joe Lanzilotta is a Cleveland-based artist and designer who spends his 9 to 5 as a project manager for LAND studio working on projects like the INTER|URBAN. He is passionate about how art can transform experiences and has any amazing story about the rapid transit line in Cleveland and its transformation into a veritable art gallery.

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Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century

 "My thesis is to rethink how to plan cities in the future and reveal that these vernacular settlements are not frozen in time." In "Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century" from PechaKucha Tokyo Vol. 150, Architect Elaine Kwong, backed by success stories of today’s fastest-growing urban collectives in China, shares with us fresh perspectives of the term ‘vernacular’. Elaine spent the last couple of years at Harvard University researching alternate ways of urban development that can enable people to be agents of their environments rather than passive beneficiaries or victims. 建築家のElaine Kwongさんは、ハーバード大学で数年過ごした後、社会に対し積極的に環境について伝えるため、都市開発の代替方法を研究しました。 今日の中国で急成長している都市集団の成功事例研究に裏打ちされ、Elaineさんは私たちと共に「vernacular」という言葉の新しい視点を共有したいと考えています。