Designing Downtown - National launch & PKN 17

PKN 17

On October 5th, MADE, Progress Unlimited, and Edmonton's NextGen present one of the largest and richest citizen-driven conversations about urban cores in Canada through Designing Downtown - Pecha Kucha Night 17.

An anticipated crowd of 1,700 Edmontonians will take in PKN 17 at the Winspear Centre and thousands of other Canadians will experience the nationally live-streamed event in partner cities across the country. Presenters from different regions and backgrounds will, in the pecha kucha style, have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to challenge us to think in new ways about how we design and develop our city cores. Our goal is bring cities together to enrich and advance the conversations, ideas, and actions that shape our downtowns as places for everyone. 


Pecha Kucha Night 17 Speakers   

Johanna Hurme (Winnipeg) – Architect, 5468796 Architecture Inc.

Sophie Mankowski (Montreal) – Author, Sur les Traces du Montréal

Dalton Higgins (Toronto) – Author, Hip Hop World

Janice Abbott  (Vancouver) – CEO, Atira Property Management

Simon Taylor (Yellowknife) – Architect, Pin/Taylor Architects

Kamala Todd (Vancouver)-  Consultant/Facilitator/Filmmaker, Dialogues Project

Micheline Clouard (Montreal) – Landscape Architect, VLAN Paysages

Curtis Olson (Saskatoon) – Owner, Shift Development Inc.

Special Presentation by:

Roman Mars (San Francisco) – Host/Producer, 99% Invisible


Designing Downtown – MAKEscape #2

Also on October 5th, Edmontonians can enjoy a dynamically activated Centennial Plaza (behind the Stanley Milner Library). This Designing Downtown project is an urban intervention that transforms an underutilized downtown space using design and art elements, food, and entertainment into a space that entices passersby to interact with the environment and each other differently.  

Stay tuned for more events leading up to and surrounding the flagship Designing Downtown event – PKN 17. 

Tickets are on sale now through Tix on the Square. 2013 MADE members are eligible for a $5 discount.  Simply purchase a student price ticket and provide your name and ID at the door.

Designing Downtown is a movement to transform downtowns founded by Progress Unlimited, MADE, and Edmonton’s NextGen, the host of Edmonton’s five-year run of successful Pecha Kucha Nights that have to date drawn more than 6,000 attendees. 

For more information, please watch | Facebook Designing Downtown | Twitter @designdowntown

Key contacts for Designing Downtown:

Sponsorship and (national) partnerships – Lisa Baroldi 

Event Planning (PKN 17) and volunteers – Karla Baron or Ryan Stark

Media – Stephanie Enders

MAKEscape – Christopher vander Hoek

Other – /

Photography / Videography  - Brice Ferre