PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo by Klein Dytham Architecture in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.
here studio first hosted the event for Architecture for Humanity on 20 February, 2010, a fundraising appeal for work after the earthquake in Haiti. In the absence of the regular organisers, Ammon received a call from a colleague, from a request from Tokyo, and that evening we pulled together a team between Urban Village Melbourne: Ammon, Michelle and Andrew, and Architects for Peace: Eleanor and Kamil. Organised in just 10 days, it was attended by 250 people and raised over $2000 in donations. Subsequently the Melbourne founders, Fitt De Felice handed over the responsibility with a visit from Mark Dytham.
Our biggest event to date was held in July 2011 as part of the State of Design Festival opening night. The Late Night Platform at ACCA was attended by 525 people and included speakers such as Nicklas Wallberg from Tram Sessions, architect Jeremy McLeod from Breathe Architecture, and Melbourne's best-known cartoonist Michael Leunig. We were particularly excited that Leunig still made it despite having a cold, as we had invited him (unsuccessfully) to speak at all six of our previous events.
We generally run Pecha Kucha’s in a particularly collaborative way, through googledocs and word of mouth.
Visit our local Pecha Kucha Night website Visit the global Pecha Kucha Night website
Pecha Kucha Melbourne Volume 23: Transformation
After the success of Mini-Maker Faire Melbourne Ammon continued working with James McDonald and Paul Szymkoviac to produce a new event in November 2013, called eurisko.
The event is a celebration of DIY and sharing, - a new premiere "maker" event of electronics, 3D printers, rockets, a cardboard maze, electric bicycles, alternative energy, clothing repairs, costumes, and hand-made crafts. It is organised into a market, lectures and workshops. We welcomed individuals and groups of 'makers' that wanted to show and share their ideas, skills and products- of all different sizes and shapes.
The etymology of eurisko is "ev-ris-ko" in Ancient Greek - better known today as heuristic - or "learning by doing".
Eurisko was developed to enable a broad range of DIY (Do-It-Yourself), DIT (Do-It-Together), DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) enthusiasts to:
- explore various aspects of learning by doing. - collaborate with others on things they are passionate about. - share knowledge and skills. - learn from each other. - provide a platform to support experiential learning and sharing tacit knowledge" (eurisko about page, 2013)
Here Studio was a partner of eurisko 2013, offering a place for most of the directors' planning meetings, assisted in design and promotion, and shared in setup, packdown and managing the event on the day. Ammon's main role was as creative director designing the layout, organising the programme and assisting curation of contributors.
Team Ammon Beyerle, Michelle Emma James, Micha Woodhouse
(latest update: 22/3/14)
Mini Maker Faire
On 14 January, 2012 the first official Maker Faire came to Melbourne. This event was open to people interested in making and was a space of stalls, demonstrations and workshops for sharing and learning how. Maker Faires around the world have included homemade rockets and backyard space travel; Robot building; Yarn bombing and other “Nanna Tech” activities; 3D printers; DNA copy-machines; Kids learning how to solder; Fixing, Upcycling and General Tinkering.
The international Maker revolution has been growing rapidly in recent years. It is driven in large part by increasing global interest in social change, and themes such as building better communities, reducing our environmental impact and reclaiming the skills that enable us to shape and take control of our world! Its members recognise it is in large part about re-learning and sharing skills we’ve forgotten. Makers remember the World’s Fair movements of the 1880s, that created The Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne 1880 and the Eiffel Tower in Paris 1889.
The Melbourne Mini Maker Faire was hosted by the Connected Community HackerSpace, better known as Hack Melbourne; a group that has been steadily growing in numbers, actively working in a garage recently, tinkering, fixing, building, wiring and soldering, and generally hacking to make the world better. They are about to move to a new location in Hawthorn. They are passionate about this Maker revolution and arranged the rights to run the event in Melbourne. Paul Szymkowiak, who worked closely with us on the phase two opening of Hub Melbourne, has been leading a core team to organise the event and invited here studio to contribute as a member. Ammon's key role was to coordinate the programme and space layout, and Michelle coordinated the large number of volunteers.
transmaterial: a research symposium through, across and beyond materials and materiality
Fostering a direct exchange between architects, designers and industry, Monash Art, Design & Architecture (MADA) hosts transmaterial - a research symposium investigating material innovation in the constructed environment.
In parts fuelled by an increased ability and growing sophistication in designing material performance, by the challenges of the material world made manifest in the ecological crisis, and by global economic transformations, such as the shift of manufacturing away from the developed world, questions surrounding materiality, materials and material technologies have recently come under renewed attention. In this are new opportunities for dialogue. transmaterial will provide interfaces between disciplines that will enable dialogues and foster an exchange of knowledge through, across and beyond materials and materiality. transmaterial will connect global issues in materials, technologies and their ramifications with local concerns in manufacturing and making.
Sponsored by the Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge and Innovation (VESKI), this symposium brings together international and national thinkers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, engineering and material science. The event will comprise of a series of progressive presentations by invited speakers, which will be followed a chaired panel discussion. Here Studio was involved in event coordination, venue and installation set-up and event promotion.
When Thursday 25 July 2013
Location Pin Up Project Space, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood
Team Michelle Emma James, Ammon Beyerle, Micha Woodhouse
Convened by Dr John Sadar and Tim Schork (Department of Architecture, Monash University)
Keynote speakers Blaine Brownell, Dr Philippe Block and Dr Paul Nicholas
Invited panel John Bahoric (ARUP), Dr Chris Hutchinson (Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University), Dr Anupama Kundoo (University of Queensland), and Peter Lim (Tensys)
(latest update: 26/6/13)
Global Service Jam
On 11 March, 2011, people interested in service and customer experience met all over the globe. In a spirit of experimentation, co-operation and friendly competition, teams had 48 hours to develop brand new services inspired by a shared theme.
The Global Service Jam was a non-profit event which was set up to promote the discipline of service design, and to allow interested people to exchange techniques, ideas and experience in a relaxed, energetic environment.
here studio provided ongoing support and hosted the event.
Visit Leila's flickr page to see lots of photos from the event