I had an email conversation with Bill Adams, founder & Chief editor for Urbdezine, who upon learning that I had presented at a Pecha Kucha Night, was very keen to have me post it and write about PechaKucha (also popular as 20×20). I had the privilege to present on Global Pechakucha for Haiti, along with an impressive line-up that included Architecture For Humanity- Chicago Chapter Director Katherine Darnstadt and Scott Thomas– writer of the book Designing Obama to mention few.
So here is a PechaKucha 101 / FAQ from its website:
01. What is PechaKucha 20×20 ?
PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
02. Who invented the format ?
The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery, lounge, bar, club, creative kitchen SuperDeluxe in February 2003 Klein Dytham architecture still organize and support the global PechaKucha Night network and organise PechaKucha Night Tokyo.
03. Why invent this format ?
Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect – or most creative people for that matter – and they’ll go on forever! Give powerpoint to anyone else and they have the same problem.
04. What are PechaKucha Nights ?
PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps – just about anything really, in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.
05. Why have PechaKucha Nights gone viral globally ?
With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 230 cities around the world we have discovered that most cities – not just Tokyo have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world – where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture – but PechaKucha 20×20 is the perfect platform to show and share your work.
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My presentation is archived here.
Join in on a Next PechaKucha Night-at Chicago, Come early grab a seat have a chilled beer and enjoy the creative minds at their best. Hope to see you here.