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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Image from Riverlife Pittsburgh

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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Amanda Gross | mistresssyndrome.com

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

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

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

S02E05.5 Freddie Croce

In case you missed the last episode where I teased this talk with Freddie Croce you can get caught up here.

Freddie lives and works in Garfield at inter*ARCHITECTURE. We each independently had the idea for a logo consisting of 2 letters and a punctuation mark. Great minds, I guess.

I hope to update this page soon with some of the images that Freddie used in his presentation, so check back soon.

Until then, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E05 PKN Pittsburgh vol. 19 Presenters

Today on the show we have four of the presenters for PechaKucha Night happening this Thursday, October 9: Addy Smith-Reiman, Freddie Croce, Julie Mallis and Nikki Dy-Liacco.

Come out and see these people present. They’ll be joining many others, including Phyllis Kim, who you remember from last time.

PKN vol. 19 takes place on October 9 at 6:20 pm at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Center, 805 Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh. Admission is $15 and includes, drinks, eats, and entertainment.

To start out the show we have a fun audio tour of the sand casting process. Here are the pictures that accompany that tour.

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the forms, made of high density foam, sitting inside a flask

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

a tool for packing sand, and some more flasks

the resin

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the mixer. you'll be hearing a lot from the mixer

the mixer. you’ll be hearing a lot from the mixer

scrap iron ...

scrap iron …

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to be broken down …

... all the way down

… all the way down

… so it can be melted to be poured into the sand casts. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

First we hear from Nikki Dy-Liacco. When she’s not working for DDI, she’s looking at cities through their lamp posts.

See more in her Facebook album.

Julie Mallis’ digital prints can be seen on her website. I like this one a lot …

… but they’re all good. Make sure you check out the moving images, too.

She’s got a million other things going on, too. Like helping run BOOM Concepts (who you can like on Facebook), or her collaboration with DS Kinsel, Magic Organs (getting some press here).

Freddie Croce runs inter*ARCHITECTURE with his wife, Jennifer Lucchino. More on him in the near future.

Addy Smith-Reiman is a Master Gardener working with Rivers of Steel to highlight the plant life at the Carrie Furnace.

She’s with creating the plaques which will be poured on October 25. Details here.

I recently took a tour of the Carrie Furnace, I wrote about it here.

It turns out I had a picture of some plant life creeping in:

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That’s all for this time. As always, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (link opens in iTunes)

S02E03 Jen Bee

Today I have for you my first full hour with a female designer, Jen Bee.

This interview was recorded prior to the passing of Gary Carlough, co-founder of Edge Studio where my guest today developed her love for restaurant design. He also taught at my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. He was a force in the Pittsburgh design community and he will be missed.

Lindsay Grauvogel works for ThoughtForm Design, and has her own website. If you all else fails you should just show up at a PKN event, she’s probably presenting.

Her video and blog series will show up right here once it is the future and those things are real.

Speaking of PKN, vol 18 is happening probably right now! If you already missed it, there will be more. Try the facebook page for more details.

Jen and I talked a bit about sexism and feminism in architecture. I’ve assembled a sampling of related readings from around the internet, such as The Onion, Design Observer, and Architecture Record. There’s also another podcast, KCRW’s DnA, that had a good segment, and I also wrote a satirical post for my own blog. That should get you started.

Jen’s first dream job: working for James Cutler at Cutler-Anderson Architects. There are interviews with and books about him to be read, for the curious.

Jen used to drive an ice cream bike like this one:

… except hers had the cooler on the back.

Now she designs things that sell food, but out of buildings, not out of coolers. They’re called restaurants, like Spoon in Penn Circle:

Spoon, selected as one of the top 10 new restaurants in the U.S. in a 2011 publication

… and Blue Line Grille in Uptown:

Blue Line Grille, voted best new bar in Pittsburgh

If you’re like Jen and me and you want to sketch more, use the hashtag #5minutesketch on Twitter and Instagram.

Whoever you are, the AIA needs people like you to help make it work. If you’re an architect or concerned citizen interested in getting involved check out the Young Architect’s Forum or any of the other committees. And of course, you can always email: info@aiapgh.org

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