E21 Stak Ceramics – Myles and Heather Geyman

Today on the show we have Myles and Heather Geyman, who together make up Stak Ceramics.

Stak focuses on functional pieces. They have a great line of functional pieces for your desk and kitchen right now.

They were kind enough to give me a tour of their studio and talk a little bit about their process.

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They use wood to help create the molds that they use for their production process. Here’s a sneak preview of their new product, the plant hanger.

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During the firing process, a piece actually shrinks. Here’s the same piece at different stages of the process, having been fired multiple times.

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Check out their website for the rest of the line.

Follow them on Instagram for more great photos.

But most of all, see them at Three Rivers Arts Festival 2016, for five days starting Friday, June 3. They’re at booth A-16.

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E020 Brian Gaudio

Today on Design:interviewed is a kind of extension of last month’s PKN coverage, where Brian Gaudio gave a presentation of his own.

Brian Gaudio covers a lot of firsts for me on the show. For instance, he’s the first Imagineer I’ve ever talked to. Here are some images from their competition winning entry for a Disney experience on the moon.

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He’s also the first Fulbright scholar I’ve had on the show. He traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of that scholarship.

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He also founded a non-profit called Que lo Que, working in the Dominican Republic.

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Taking a close look at housing in the Dominican Republic instilled an interest in housing as a need, one that’s “bigger than architecture”. This interest has fueled his travel grant and documentary, where he looked at informal settlements (such as favelas) in South America. Specifically, he explored Lima, Rio, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Bogota to document this turning point, as mother cities turn to embrace their surrounding informal settlements.

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“Designing for the other 98%”, as he puts it, refers to the share of buildings that are built without an architect. Figuring out a way to serve these people who wouldn’t think of involving an architect has led him to found his startup, Module. Module intends to offer a house that grows with its occupant and are working towards a prototype within the year. His elevator pitch for Module recently won the 2016 MIT Enterprise Forum Pitchfest.

Like Module on Facebook here.

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E019.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Welcoming Pittsburgh

This is the second interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Welcoming Pittsburgh is a plan by Mayor Bill Peduto to make Pittsburgh more welcoming to refugees and immigrants.

Elizabeth Heidenreich earned a spot as an advisor to the plan through her work with the South Hills Interfaith Movement.

Betty Cruz serves as Deputy Chief of Special Initiatives for the Office of Mayor William Peduto. Welcoming Pittsburgh is just one of the programs she’s working on.

And 30 Neighbors, 30 Days is just one facet of that program. Follow @WelcomingPGH on Twitter and search the hashtag IamPGH for more info, and keep an eye out in the coming months for other Welcoming Pittsburgh projects.

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E019.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23 – Francis Crisafio

This is the first interview featuring presenters for PKN Pittsburgh vol. 23. It’s with local artist Francis Crisafio.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event. For newcomers to the format, the AIGA YouTube Channel has videos of past events.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other interviews.

Francis Crisafio was born and raised in Lawrenceville, where his father was a barber for 80 years. His father, recently deceased, is the subject of Samsons Hair Repaired, a way of looking at him, his neighborhood, and his longtime clientele.

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His PKN presentation will focus on another project, Holdup in the Hood, where children on Pittsburgh’s North Side create self-portraits. The larger body of work that incorporates drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.

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Images from the project have been exhibited since 2006, and most recently the project was a finalist for a 2015 LensCulture Exposure Award. It will be exhibited in London beginning in May 2016, and Francis also hopes to publish a book on the project in the near future.

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Keep an eye out for that.

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E018 LIVE! Storey Telling v.02

This is the live and uncut audio from the second Storey Telling event.

For those that missed the first, you can listen to that, too.

The short story: four architects come together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was Love Stories for Valentine’s Day. Here are the four great presenters:

Thanks to (from left to right) Felix Fukui, Lisa Adkins, Miriam Devlin and Mike Gwin for making this possible.

Some of the pictures that I promised:

The Old Chicago Post Office, that you can drive through:

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The first generation of Scripps’ profiler, the lunar-lander-looking-thing that I described on the show:

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And the second generation that Felix worked on (more photos in this pdf):

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Thanks again to everyone who came out.

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S03E02.3 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Maranie Rae Staab

This is the third of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with photographer Maranie Rae Staab.

Before we get going, check out the Facebook page for PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh for details about the event.

And subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t miss the other two interviews.

Maranie Rae is a photojournalist and has been documenting social issues with her camera for the past few years. Here’s a small selection of photos from her website.

Women of Uganda

Children of Uganda

A Ugandan Wedding

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Click any of those and find more at maranierae.com.

Contact her on any of these:

Facebook
Instagram
Email

Maranie has several social issues that she is working to raise awareness on including acid attacks on women [graphic image warning] and human trafficking. She is involved with a Pittsburgh-based NGO called “The Project to End Human Trafficking”. Visit their website to find out how you can help.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

*Updated on 4/3/2016 to include video of PKN v20.