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.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

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.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

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.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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.

S03E02.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Annie Liu

This is the second of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with Pitt PhD student Annie Liu.

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.

Annie is doing experiments to create a model of a mouse’s olfactory system, the part of the brain that processes smell. She uses dye to create these beautiful images of the brain:

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They also happen to be very important to her research.

You can also follow her on Twitter. She has intelligent things to say, so if you’re on Twitter that might not be your thing.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

*Updated on 4/3/16 to include video of PKN v20

S03E02.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 20 – Gwyn Cready

This is the first of three interviews for Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, vol. 20. It’s with RITA Award winning author Gwyn Cready.

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.

Gwyn is working on a memoir of her sister’s life, who died at an early age. At PKN, she will be sharing a “chapter” from that memoir about her mother and stepmother.

She’s also written several romance novels. You can buy her latest, Just in Time for a Highlander, on Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, and others.

Find out more on her website, or on Facebook, or on Twitter, where she will be live-tweeting episodes of Outlander during April and May.

Visit the Women Read, Women Write page to find out more about the next event.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

*Updated on 4/3/16 to include video of PKN v20

S03E01 LIVE! Storey Telling v.01

We have something totally different to start out the third season of Design:interviewed. A live event that I put together with the members of the Young Architects Forum in Pittsburgh, with the help of Eric Fisher. And before we get started, if you’re new to the show, please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

The blurb:

Mentors are invaluable to any profession, sharing their experience with the next generation. Architects are gifted storytellers, through their words and the forms they create. Storey Telling combines both, creating a way for mentees to connect with compatible mentors through personal experience. At every Storey Telling event, architects and designers share a short personal story on a theme. After, they are available to connect with mentees after over drinks and light fare.

Four people were kind enough to come out and share a story.

Emily Putas, a fellow YAF member, Syracuse alum and employed at Stantec (formerly Burt Hill, may it rest in peace).

Freddie Croce, founding parter at inter*Architecture, CMU professor and previous podcast guest.

John Barbera, another Syracuse alum, employed at Penner and Associates Architects (where we worked together for a spell).

Eric Fisher, Harvard man, founding principal of FISHER ARCHitecture, gracious host for this event, and another previous podcast guest.

Fun fact: John was a teaching assistant when completing his Master’s at Syracuse, and assisted in teaching Emily who was working on her undergrad. They didn’t expect to meet each other at this event. It’s a small world after all.

Everyone had so much fun, here are some pictures to prove it.

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Bea Spolidoro took all of the photos, special thanks to her. She’s also on the YAF Committee with me. Here’s how to connect with us if you’re a Young Architect in Pittsburgh:

Request to join the Facebook Group
Visit our corner of the AIA Pittsburgh website
Follow on Twitter: @YAFpgh
and on Instagram: @YAFpgh

Get your tickets to the next PKN event before they sell out.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes

S02E07 Clayton Merrell

Clayton Merrell is on the show to talk about, among other things, his ongoing project at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

That project is a piece of public art done in terrazzo and will cover the entire center core when finished.

For reference, the tops of the escalators that bring you into the center core are at the right side of the left-most rectangle.

Intricate patterns are possible with careful workmanship, like the river that runs through the food court.

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The terrazzo is laid out like a paint-by-number, with metal transition strips separating each of the 13 colors. Clayton completed the drawings using a Wacom tablet, which were then cut into full-size pieces of corrugated plastic that fit together like a puzzle.

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Then they were painted with orange paint so that the transition strips could be laid out after the plastic was removed.

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If you have 1.5 extra acres in your backyard and want to replicate Clayton’s design, maybe you can fish through the airport dumpsters for the next few months, looking for the used plastic templates. I’m sure that won’t get you arrested.

Once the transition strips are laid out, the spaces between are labeled with the color they are to receive …

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… and then filled in.

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Don’t worry, the colors are much more vibrant once the floor is polished:

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When finished, you can follow the trails of different flying machines around the airport.

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If you visit the airport right now, you’ll see the project in all phases, from the original tile being removed to preparing the concrete underneath to receive the terrazzo and the locating of utilities.

This is Clayton’s biggest public art project and it was partially inspired by his experimentation with covering a sphere with layers of paint, then peeling that paint so that it would lay flat.

And despite an initial avoidance he’s done a lot with landscapes. On the show he talks about using a technique of placing hard-edged “cartoon” objects in otherwise classical scenes.

You can see more of his work on his website, or keep an eye out for exhibitions in the area.

Or take one of his classes at CMU.

And as always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)