Pecha Kucha

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A new breed of GMM has arrived. Aside from the usual lectures, forums and videoke, the Chapter is now trying out a Professional Practice-Networking format of the GMM.

Enter Pecha Kucha. What’s it all about?

Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha) was started in Tokyo, Japan in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture, as a way to attract people to SuperDeluxe, an event space they had set up in Roppongi.[1]

A Pecha Kucha night is an event format in which presenters show a slideshow of 20 images, each of which is shown for 20 seconds — giving a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds. Each event usually has 14 presenters. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields.

The event format has been replicated in 42 other cities, including New York, London, Mexico City and Shanghai. Events are usually limited to one each month per city.

Well-known presenters have included the architects Jun Aoki, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas, and designers such as Tom Dixon.

There are actually no restrictions on the type of content that could be presented. Some organizers have added their own variations to the format. In Groningen, in the Netherlands, two slots are given to a live band, and the final 20 seconds of each presentation consists of an immediate critique of the presentation by the host’s sidekicks. Video art has also been presented at some events.

The name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit-chat”).

What can we gain from such sharing?

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. From twenty pictures we may learn from each other design innovations, construction solutions, improvements in documentation, new applications for traditional building materials, and so much more. We can produce volumes of books to aid us in the practice of architecture.

Pecha Kucha is coming your way this August. Watch for it.

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