E026 LIVE! Storey Telling v.05

This is the live and lightly cut audio from the fifth Storey Telling event, part of Design Pittsburgh 2017.

There are four others you can listen to, too.

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If you’ve listened to them already, you know how it works: I bring a few architects (and other designers) together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was built around Design Pittsburgh’s theme this year: Design With Purpose. The AIA will be working with these theme all year long, so I wanted to kick things off with people talking about searching for that purpose. Our amazing presenters for this time were Natalie Stewart, Michelle Fanzo, Marc Mondor, AIA, and John Folan, AIA.

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated and helped put together this event, in particular: the amazing AIA Staff who also put together the exhibit you see in the photo.

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E025 LIVE! Storey Telling v.04

This is the live and lightly cut audio from the third Storey Telling event, part of Design Pittsburgh 2016.

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There are three others you can listen to, too.

If you’ve listened to them already, you know how it works: four architects come together to share stories on a theme. This time the theme was built around St. Patrick’s day. We had several interpretations: stories about green architecture, getting lucky, and potent potables. Our amazing presenters for this time were Christina Hohman, Rebecca Schwartz, AIA, and F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA.

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Rebecca (left) and Christina (right), both of Michael Baker International

 

 

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F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA, of CH2M, our headliner for tonight

Jeff Murray had a visual aid for his story, which you can see below.

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And thanks to Michael Baker International for opening up their corporate offices (and all of its amazing views) to us.

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E023.3 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Kilolo Luckett

This is the third interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Kilolo Luckett.

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.

Kilolo Luckett is here in Pittsburgh via Mississippi and Ohio.

We mentioned a bunch of artists on the show today, here are just a few:

Frida Kahlo

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Diego Rivera

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Norman Lewis

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Alma Thomas

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And of course, Naomi Sims, the subject of Kilolo’s research for an upcoming biography.

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*All images labeled for “noncommercial reuse” on wikimedia commons or flickr

Kilolo is something of a Pittsburgh celebrity, here are just a few of the articles that she shared with me while I was preparing for this interview, including a write up of the By Any Means symposium that she organized. Read up and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E023.2 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Nina Chase

This is the second interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Nina Chase.

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.

Nina Chase is a transplanted West Virginian, in Pittsburgh by way of Boston, where she was an associate at Sasaki Associates.

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Image from Sasaki Associates

She’s Senior Project Manager at Riverlife Pittsburgh now, seeing through things like that plan for the Strip District.

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She’s talking about urban prototyping. Think things like Open Streets Pittsburgh [link will play music].

Here’s a picture of the tackle box game we played.

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And here’s a picture of a least weasel.

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Visit her website, chuckle at the Bruce Springsteen reference, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

E023.1 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 25 – Amanda Gross

This is the first interview featuring presenters for Pittsburgh’s 25th Pecha Kucha Night. This one features Amanda Gross.

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.

Amanda Gross is a transplanted Atlantan, living and working in Pittsburgh for the last few years. You might know her if you helped knit the bridge.

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Her presentation is on the artwork she’s created for her blog, Mistress Syndrome, which is “part of a lifelong journey of personal and collective healing from the multi-layered, generational trauma of what it means to be a white woman.”

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Visit her blog, make sure to check out the gallery, and come see her presentation at PKN on October 6.

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