SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Unconventional Formwork, What a Creative Director Does, and a Video from Barcelona
Presentations Daniel Silverman is an architect, and in his presentation (from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he shares a few projects that use unconventional materials for the formwork aspect of construction. Mad Men are dead. Creative directors do not just get to go to parties nowadays, but as is revealed in this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Barcelona Vol. 14) by Rafa Bonichon, they have to be able to distinguish between what is bullshit and what is a good idea. Posters Our last addition to the Tumblr blog before the weekend is the poster you see above, for Sao Paulo's Vol. 11, which is happening tonight. It was illustrated by João Lavieri, who will also be a presenter at the event. Video The following video is for a PKN that happened in Barcelona last year (its Vol. 12), but we hadn't seen it yet, and we loved it so much that we played it at our Vol. 95 here in Tokyo this past Wednesday. Calendar Time to take a look at what the weekend has in store, starting with a very busy Friday night: PKN Salzburg Vol. 13, PKN Des Moines Vol. 11, PKN Gainesville Vol. 5, PKN Sao PauloVol. 11, PKN Wellington Vol. 16, PKN Toledo Vol. 3, PKN San Francisco Vol. 52, PKN Delhi Vol. 12, and PKN Geneva Vol. 9. Saturday brings PKN Oulu Vol. 18 and PKN Banja Luka Vol. 6, and then on Sunday we have PKN Plzen Vol. 2.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
Presentations Selena Seifert is a practicing artist as well as being a trained arts educationalist. As we find out in her presentation (from PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 2), she is currently the director of Wild Valley Art Park, based in Blue Mountains. Jian Guo Xiong Di is an independent curator, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he covers the well-received “30 days of bookstore closings” project he produced last year. Why 30 days? Jian Guo explains that he would like to use this art performance to let people realize that these days so many bookstores are disappearing. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is our flyer for tomorrow night's PKN Tokyo Vol. 95 -- it was designed by Luis Mendo, from a photo by Michael Holmes. You'll find the list of presenters on the official event page. Photos Today we share a photo gallery [Flickr] for Toronto's recent Vol. 17, and the PK site will soon be hosting plenty of presentations from that evening. Above, a look at the crowd, and the participants in that night's "PechaKucha Mix" improv presentation. Calendar Here's what's on the schedule for tonight (September 25): PKN Bowling Green Vol. 1, PKN Birmingham Vol. 6, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 6, PKN Lyon Vol. 4, and PKN Nantes Vol. 4. Tomorrow, on top of the aforementioned PKN Tokyo Vol. 95, you'll find the following events: PKN Glasgow Vol. 10, PKN Skovde Vol. 9, PKN Lille Vol. 1, PKN Coventry Vol. 10, and PKN Providence Vol. 42.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
Presentations In his presentation (from PKN Chattanooga Vol. 10), Mason West hopes to inspire others -- like he does his students -- to find their inner potential, and break free of the limits that society appears to impose on them. Jason Guo is an architect, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he hopes to show how parametric modelling can result in unpredictable imagery. It's a topic he calls "Rules Based Design." Posters We have a two new posters on the Tumblr blog today, for PKN Logrono Vol. 7 (pictured above) and PKN Huddersfield Vol. 7, as well as a flyer for PKN Miami Vol. 17. Photos Lyon's Vol. 4 is happening later this month (on September 25), but here's a photo gallery [Flickr] from this past April's PKN Vol. 3. Calendar Tonight (September 18) you'll find the following events: PKN Louisville Vol. 9, PKN Jacksonville Vol. 21, and PKN Helsingborg Vol. 9. And tomorrow is a big Wednesday that includes two PKN firsts: PKN Bari Vol. 1, PKN Albany Vol. 1, PKN Prague Vol. 30, PKN Kiruna Vol. 3, PKN Dallas Vol. 10, and PKN Stuttgart Vol. 8.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Improving Our City Streets, a Czech Animation Project, and a Report from Sacramento
Presentations Barry Wilson is a landscape architect, and in his presentation (from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he hopes to show how we can work to make our city streets function in a better and more efficient way. Animánie is an innovative project with the goal of spreading the possibilities of animation to the general public. As you'll find out in this presentation (in Czech, from PKN Plzen Vol. 1), it promotes artistic expression by children and youth in the field of animation. Posters On the Tumblr blog today is the poster for this month's special London Design Festival edition of that city's PechaKucha Night series, taking place on September 21 at the Designjunction venue (The Sorting Office 21-31 New Oxford Street). The event has a fantastic lineup, including Lee Broom, Ben Rousseau, William Hall, Anthony Burrill, Moritz Waldermeyer, Amos Merchant, Jason Bruges, Giles Miller, Joe Doucet, and Andrew Stafford. Event Report Here's a report from PKN Sacramento organizer Claire Obenson on the city's recent Vol. 18:
Held for the first time at the amazing Hot Italian Restaurant, it featured several presenters: John Krempel and his stunning art; self-possessed College students, Olivia, Rachel and Kelsey who showed photography and art; Robina Conway and her awesome wall paintings; Scott Vaughn with his bamboo tatooed leg and his fishing exploits; Entertaining architect, Dennis Dong and PK Night Poster Designer extraordinaire, Julie Vatuone, who presented work from her new business - Dirty up the Dress - with her business partner, Sonia Hidalgo. Sonia in her first jaunt as an MC was sparkling with her off-the-cuff kind remarks about the presenters and her ad-libbed presentation. It was simply awesome! Sonia will also be MCing Pecha Kucha Night Vol 19 during Sacramento's first ever Architecture Festival - stay tuned!
Calendar Tonight (September 11) we have PKN Toronto Vol. 17, with tomorrow night featuring the following four events: PKN Cleveland Vol. 16, PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 5, PKN Bozeman Vol. 4, and PKN Stockholm Vol. 35.
AUGUST 23, 2012
The Olympic Games in Derbyshire, Retail Design, and an Update from Chicago
Presentations Rory Slater's presentation (from PKN Derby Vol. 6) reveals what role the county of Derbyshire played in this year's Olympic Games. Cheng Fengqi is a visual designer, and in his presentation (in Chinese, from PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11) he shows how to arrange retail shops in order to provide a joyful shopping environment for the customer. Posters Today's additions to the Tumblr blog start with the poster you see above for next month's PKN Chicago Vol. 23, designed by Firebelly's Nick Adam -- let us also point you to this fun timelapse video that shows last week's special edition PKN held at the Art Institute of Chicago. Other posters added today include: PKN Buenos Aires Vol. 26, PKN Williamsburg Vol. 2, PKN Xalapa Vol. 12, and PKN Nashville Vol. 8. Photos Today we have a photo gallery [Flickr] for PKN Concepcion Vol. 8 to share, with a few photos to give you a taste of what the event was like. Above, presenters from afar, followed by two happy attendees. Calendar Tonight (August 23) we have the following events in the calendar: PKN Edinburgh Vol. 19, PKN San Antonio Vol. 7, and PKN Vladimir Vol. 7. Tomorrow, you can look to the following two events: PKN Nagoya Vol. 12 and PKN Guangzhou Vol. 11.
JULY 30, 2012
Presentations Anarchitect[s] is a collaboration between Jonathan Ashmore and Tarik Al Zaharna. This concept creates a platform for a collaboration between architecture and research projects in the U.A.E. In this presentation (from PKN Dubai Vol. 11), Tarik will be sharing with us the journey in realizing architectural programs, focusing on their recent project 'DXB Store'. Kyoko and Hannah Waldron come together to present (in Japanese, with some English, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94) some of the furoshiki designs produced under the LINK collective. We also get a glimpse at how these traditional items are made. Posters We have one new poster on the Tumblr blog today, and it's for a special edition PKN Trnava, which is set to take place on August 10 (a regular Vol. 5 is set for September). And although we already shared the poster for the recent PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, here's a photo of it out in the wild: Videos Here's a short video look at a recent PKN in Guatemala City -- it was the first PKN to be held in that city. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYZHqV350iE Calendar We're looking at another slow summer week, and start off with no PKNs on this Monday night, but tomorrow (July 31) will see PKN Dnipropetrovsk Vol. 2.
JULY 17, 2012
Presentations For nearly 8 years Steve Jaros has been lucky enough to be a working writer in the video games industry. Most recently he was nominated for best writing at the Game Developers Choice Awards for his work on the game Saints Row: The Third. Naturally, he lost to Portal 2. In this presentation (from PKN Champaign-Urbana Vol. 9), Steve shares some of his guilty pleasures. Akio Aoki (Miru) covers (in Japanese, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 93) a few of his projects and products, and also shares some of the exhibitions that have featured his work. Posters We kick off the week with a few new posters on our Tumblr blog. Covered are the following events: PKN Halifax Vol. 11, PKN Memphis Vol. 3, PKN London Vol. 8, and PKN Shenzhen Vol. 11, pictured above. Photos and video We have one new gallery of photos [Facebook] to share with you today, from last week's PKN Amsterdam Vol. 22. Pictured above, a look at the warehouse-like venue. When we approve a new PKN series, we ask the new organizer (or team) to send us a greeting video (PK founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham do the same for the city's first event). Here's the wonderful video from the organizers of PKN Osijek. Links Today's links include a few tips on making a PechaKucha presentation, and some nice coverage of Tulsa's recent first PKN.
- "PechaKucha for professional presentations - Do's and Don'ts" [Where Next]
- "PechaKucha Night at Living Arts of Tulsa celebrates creativity" [Tulsa World]
Calendar It's going to be a slow week -- summer has officially hit -- but don't let that stop you from catching the events that are being held, like tonight's (July 17) PKN Jacksonville Vol. 20.