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“To understand nature, naturalists found out early that it made sense to put things into systems.”

In Primitiva from PechaKucha Night Stockholm’s 55th Volume, speaker Katrín Ólína discusses her new project Primitiva. She embarked on a journey to find herself, but instead found something that belongs to everyone. By creating a language of shape, Katrín discovers a diversity of human conditions.




There couldn't a more deserving person of the PechaKucha People spotlight than our trendsetting, globe-trotting, super star organizer in Stockholm, Ewa Kumlin. In addition to a very long list of accomplishments and an unwavering commitment to creativity and communities, she holds the managing director position at Svensk Form, Swedish Society of Design. She's also hosting PechaKucha Global Headquarter members this week in Sweden for a summit of PechaKucha City Organizers coinciding with Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Our very first PechaKucha Night poster is ready and currently being posted all over Vientiane! 

The Vientiane Vol. 1 poster was designed by Jean-Baptiste Audenis of birds follow spring in Vientiane. If you're ever in town we highly recommend a visit to their concept store - which is perched above a lovely florist-cum-cafe behind Wat Ong Teu (Ong Teu temple) downtown. Here you'll find delicate jewellery, a collection of clothes and accessories gathered from across the globe, and minimalist furniture crafted from reclaimed timbers - designed and curated by JB and his wife Vanida. 





"Is reality this dark? I don't believe so. I believe it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we think everything is bad, everything will be bad."


In How to Fight Darkness from PechaKucha Night Stockholm Vol. 54Philip Smith poses the question, "How will we fight the dark powers and the evil galactic empire together?" (the evil empire being the often sensationalizing and fear-mongering media.) His answer is simple - ART! ...and more specifically, Art made of Light! Here Philip gives us a very funny and uplifting PechaKucha on the challenges the the world faces in a continuous barrage of negativity, and reminds us to use the force (and make art!)


 

"At the Swedish Fashion Council, we work with different projects to promote, support, and develop Swedish Fashion. Our aim is to highlight new fashion brands...though our exhibitions and fashions."

In Swedish Fashion Talents, from PechaKucha Night Stockholm, Vol. 53, Helena Bergström, Marketing Manager at Swedish Fashion Council, presents the nominees of Swedish Fashion Talents 2015, a 10-year running award for young fashion designers - this year won by Simon Ekrelius.




For this week's City Focus, we head to Sweden's "Beauty by the Water," the Nordic capital and veteran PKN city, Stockholm, to shine a light on its fantastic -- and ever growing -- archive of presentations, latest of which were recorded at the city's Vol. 53 at the famous Stora Salongen!!!

“We are convinced that the best way to preserve a tradition is to develop it.”

Johan Molin speaks about the fulfilment of our dreams and goals. In “Moonhouse” from PKN Stockholm Vol. 50 he tells us how he breaks free from the perceptions he has about what he is capable of.


It was a big night earlier this week in Stockholm, as PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham hosted -- along with PKN Stockholm organizer Ewa Kumlin -- a very special PechaKucha Night (Vol. 44) as part of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Pictured, Heineken's Global Head of Design & Concept, Mark Van Iterson (left) with Mark Dytham, in front of the crowd at Berns. Make sure to check the Stockholm city page in the weeks to come to watch the recorded presentations.

Top 5 Presentations Constructed of Glass, Steel, Concrete

Whether it be built of glass, poured-in-place concrete, or steel I-beams, the big bad whole may huff and puff, but he'll never blow these structures down. These are the top 5 PechaKucha 20x20 presentations related to buildings, construction, and architecture. 

First, we hear from Gary Cheng, whose tiny Hong Kong apartment has innumerable transmutations. (Transformer Apartment) Then we listen to Bob Berkebile's experiences with failure, and how it drove him to improve upon the architectural status quo. (Failure)

Filipe Balestra discusses the importance of placement when constructing public works projects in urban villages. (Acupuncture Architecture, Urban Villages) Emma Brooke then takes us on a tour through the harsh, unfeeling (yet somehow beautiful) world of brutalist architecture. (Brutalism)

And as a bit of a crossover with last week's top 5 of the animal kingdom, Roland Hagenberg describes the construction of a house meant for humans and a feathered friend. (Storkhouse)

!dea that is India

Do you believe technology to be a force of good?

In today's Presentation of the Day, "!dea that is India" from PKN Stockholm Vol. 20, industrial designer and architect Satyendra Pakhale speaks briefly about his design work, but moves to discuss the issues found in consumerism, and the reduction people to numbers. He expounds upon the double-edged sword that is technology, mostly focusing on the tremendous positive impact a simple mobile phone can have on a man or woman in India or Tibet.

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