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The Bridge - A Pecha Kucha

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The history, design, social rhetoric, and future of the old Erie Canal aqueduct and current Broad Street road bridge in Rochester, NY. Originally presented by me at St. John Fisher College in December 2010.

A Pecha Kucha is a presentation that requires the presenter to limit himself to 20 slides at 20 seconds each. It was invented by Japanese architects but has been used by many people the world over to talk about about a wide variety of topics since.

Learn more about the aqueduct’s future at

Photo credits:

Modern-day pictures

  • taken by John Pray (me) and my good friend Joe Caruso (used with permission).
  • Cover slide photo borrowed from Wikipedia.

Historical pictures borrowed from

Future plan pictures