Save Griffintown!

Pecha Kucha Night #2 – The Aftermath by steph
September 18, 2007, 11:29 pm
Filed under: Events, Live Presentations, Pecha Kucha

Tonight’s second edition of Pecha Kucha Montreal showcased a fascinating array of topics, from Jerome Pasquero’s discussion of the sense of touch in technology, to Maroussia Lévesque’s sobering presentation on her Passage Oublié interactive art project at Pearson Airport.

After rescuing AJ from a queue somewhere offstage, we kicked off version 1.0 of our presentation on Griffintown and the proposed plans to build a big-box mall near the edge of the canal. Though we were slightly nervous, we quickly found our rhythm; the audience nodded and laughed in all the right places. The reactions and comments afterwards were positive and encouraging, including my favourite —”You put the living fear of God into us!”

We owe much gratitude to the following friends and individuals for their help, support and willingness to let us poach their photos for our slides:

We’d also like to thank Zura for beta-testing our presentation, and most especially for the rosé and Di Saronno that propelled our weekend work sessions.

We’ll be linking to a video of tonight’s event as soon as we have it. In the meantime, we’ll be adapting our presentation into a longer and meatier format for the web, complete with narration (not unlike a sausage, if done by the BBC.)

Congratulations again to Boris and the entire Pecha Kucha team for a great lineup and an enlightening evening!


Great presentation last night, guys. Well done!

I’m originally from Alberta and know all too well just what a blight these ubiquitous box store malls are on the landscape – culturally, environmentally, aesthetically, etc. To put one of these in a downtown area, especially of a city like Montreal, would be a disaster.

Keep up the good work.

Comment by Steve

We missed the presentation on Griffintown but keenly await the video and/or web version as well as any further information on efforts to discourage such a development. We live in the area being eyed by Devimco for the new “lifestyle centre” and would very much like to participate in preventing this type of development in an area that has potential to be so much more than a shopping concourse.

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