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cultureNOW's Pecha Kucha night brings Museum Without Walls to life

Posted by Lisa Lance on 7/22/13 11:19 AM

We are proud to sponsor the cultureNOW Pecha Kucha event on August 1. The event, which will take place simultaneously in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, will bring the art, architecture, and history of these cities to life through presentations from professionals including Franziska Amacher, AIA, from Amacher and Associates Architects; Jim Collins, FAIA, from Payette; John Powell, artist; Nadar Tehrani, NADAA, head of the MIT Department of Architecture; Claire Weisz, FAIA, of WXY Architecture + Urban Design; Helen Lessick, artist; Peter Vanderwarker, photographer; and more.

CultureNOW's initiatives include the Museum Without Walls, a digital national gallery of art and architecture in the public realm, which currently includes more than 8,000 sites and 12,000 images supplemented by 350 podcasts by artists, architects, historians, and curators. In addition, cultureNOW developed a smart phone app that serves as a guidebook to the Museum Without Walls.

Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, president of cultureNOW

Abby Suckle, FAIA, LEED AP, is president of cultureNOW and design principal at the award-winning firm Abby Suckle Architect PC. The physical and virtual maps that cultureNOW creates not only connect people with the art, history, and culture of a place, but Suckle explains that they serve a greater purpose for architects, particularly in the wake of devastating events such as Hurricane Sandy. "It became critical to understand what you have, so you can plan for resilience," says Suckle.

In addition to cultural mapping, cultureNOW offers a nine-week internship program for students from universities including Harvard University, Barnard College, City College of New York, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and Dartmouth. Through this program, students work with a variety of architects, planners, city officials, critics, artists, and other professionals to listen to their stories.

"It's meant to be different than working in a firm, more of a big-picture experience," says Suckle. The Pecha Kucha event on August 1 will showcase stories that 11 students discovered through their internship this summer.

For more information or to register for the Pecha Kucha events on August 1:

BSA Space
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
290 Congress St., Suite 200, Boston
RSVP: [email protected]

Los Angeles
HAAS Entertainment Systems
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
5774 Uplander Way, Culver City
RSVP: [email protected]

New York
Center for Architecture
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
536 Laguardia Place, New York
RSVP: AIA New York Center for Architecture


Topics: Abby Suckle, Architecture, Education, Franziska Amacher, Helen Lessick, John Powell, Museum Without Walls, Claire Weisz, Community, cultureNOW, Jim Collins, Nadar Tehrani, Peter-Vanderwarker

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