Pecha Kucha Melbourne
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.
Tom quickly become our resident DJ.
Headed by Eleanor, the October 2010 Pecha Kucha Night was associated with The Australian Institute of Architects for a large event at BMW Edge, Federation Square for National Architecture Week. The event was attended by 350 people with twelve speakers.
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.
February 2010 - present