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.

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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.

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S01E02 Dan Rothschild

In this episode of Design: interviewed, I chat with Dan Rothschild of the Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. As always, links are below to people and projects that we bring up.

We talk a lot about his Design Sketchbook process. Here’s a link to some examples of what the sketches in those books look like. [http://rdcollab.com/sketchbook.html]

A book featuring the work of his firm, Urban Alchemy by Dr. Mindy Fullilove comes out in June 2013. Find out more (including how to get a signed copy) here. [http://www.designcenterpgh.org/designallies/special-projects/behind-the-magic-of-urban-alchemy/]

The Almono Plan. [http://rdcollab.com/places_almono.html]

Here are some of the famous “top down” urban design models we brought up:

Le Corbusier’s Radiant City. Pictured is his plan for Paris, another very early and very famous “top-down” plan.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City. Note the personal helicopters shuttling people between the buildings sprawled out over the landscape.

The plan of Washington, D.C., by L’Enfant.

The Dinwiddie Triangle Project. [http://rdcollab.com/process_library_dinwiddie_story.html]

The Avenue Apartments, story-telling through street level plaques. [http://rdcollab.com/places_braddock.html]

The wikipedia page for Rem Koolhaas talks about his interest in “cross-programming”. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem_Koolhaas]