The greenest office tower in the world, The Tower at PNC Plaza, opened in Pittsburgh, PA earlier this month, One of its most groundbreaking innovations is how it engages with employees to communicate the invisible things that the building is doing behind the scenes to conserve energy and water – and the role that employees can play in maximizing the building’s efficiency.
The communication is all done through a soaring, 24-foot-high installation in the Tower’s lobby that uses real-time data from the building to reveal how the building is performing through light, color, and sound patterns. It’s been hailed as a “dazzling, data-driven showstopper” by MNN (Mother Nature Network) and received coverage in outlets from Slate to Architect Magazine.
Here’s one of our favorite recent episodes on Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Multi-Love:
Over the summer, PKPR has placed stories in outlets from Quartz to DIY Network to Food Republic on how Creative Exchange is helping communities nationwide replicate Community Supported Art programs. The program is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, but instead of buying a share to receive produce from a local farm, shareholders receive boxes of original art made by local artists.
Skyrocketing studio rental costs is the biggest challenge facing New York City’s creative sector, according to the Center for Urban Future’s Creative New York Report released in June 2015. In the ten neighborhoods most closely associated with art and creativity, rents rose by at least 32 percent from 2000 to 2012.
This summer, ArtBuilt Mobile Studios demonstrated one potential solution to the crisis at the Queens Museum, where two artists participated residencies in the mobile studio. Built at an extremely low price-point, the 8.5 X 19.5 studio on wheels showcases how artists that might never qualify for a commercial lease or even a home loan could potentially own their own workspace for as little as $13,000. It can run on grid power, biodiesel, or solar, and its ultra-efficient heating and cooling systems are integrated.
PKPR secured coverage in outlets including The Atlantic’s CityLab (”Forget tiny houses, it’s time for tiny artist studios”), Untapped Cities, Inhabitat, PSFK, andTrendHunter
With the nation gearing up for the 2016 elections, the Knight News Challenge on Elections in Austin last week awarded $3.2 million to a range of innovative projects that increase voter participation and better inform voters at both the national and local levels.
Outlets from The Huffington Post to VentureBeat looked at all of the winning projects, while many outlets provided deeper looks at individual winners. Highlights included:
- The Guardian profiled a program that will recruit barbers in predominantly African-American communities to disseminate nonpartisan voting information and resources
- The Dailly Dot did a fantastic, in depth piece looking at a project that will expose “dark money” in campaign financing
- National Journal explored an AP project to create a more accurate alternative to exit polling