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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)

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.

Acupuncture Architecture, Urban Villages


In acupuncture, when putting a needle in just the right place, one can drain the tension from the entire body. Acupuncture architecture serves a similar need. Putting a single school in the middle of a village may seem insignificant when compared with the greater area it exists within, but certainly helps the community it's surrounded by. 

This edition of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Stockholm Vol. 21) features international architect Filipe Balestra speaking on the work he's done to alleviate the architectural stress found in the slums (or, as he suggests they be called: urban villages) of Brazil and India. Filipe's process involves gradually implementing sturdy, cheap, simply-designed housing constructs of various types.

Rather than uprooting entire communities (as is common in large-scale urban reconstruction projects) only the most poorly-constructed shacks are chosen to be replaced with a more permanent edifice. Each family has the opportunity to choose from various permutations of the 3-floor framework and participate in their current shanty's demolition as well as their new domicile's fabrication. By avoiding imposition wherever possible, and working in tandem with existing residents and local governments to legitimize these structures, Filipe's projects have done some real good. 

Our weekend "Presentation of the Day" is a special one, recorded as part of our reconstruction efforts in Haiti -- see more in our Haiti Reconstruction Channel -- Johan Karlsson explains why we shouldn't send tents to disaster areas.

A PKN to Remember in Stockholm



It was certainly a PKN to remember, with Stockholm's Vol. 38 attracting over 1000 (possibly close to 1200) for an event that included an international lineup of design, including Ross Lovegrove, David Wiberg, Mette Rode Sundström, and Anton Alvarez. We already have a few photos on the event page to share, and there will be more in the coming days, as well as the presentations themselves.

Pictured left, Ross Lovegrove takes to the stage.

Our City Focus this week shines the light on Stockholm, a city that will host its Vol. 38 tomorrow night (February 5), a very special event that features an international lineup of design talent -- see the official event page for more info. As we mentioned in our previous post, we'll also be celebrating Sweden all week through our "Presentations of the Day," starting with today's "Best of Sweden" presentation.

This week goes out to the Swedes, with our City Focus shining the spotlight on Stockholm -- in part because of tomorrow's very special Vol. 38 -- and our "Presentations of the Day" for the week all coming from Swedish PKN cities. We kick things off with this classic presentation from the incredible PKN Vol. 20 celebrations that happened in Stockholm a few years ago, and it comes in the form of a Finish love for Sweden. Illka Suppanen on Backyard Babies, Swedish meatballs, and how IKEA helps you out of your crisis.


Next week's PKN Stockholm Vol. 38 is not just any old PechaKucha Night.

Not only will it feature an international lineup with design talent from all over coming to do presentations, but it will also feature none other than PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham, who will MC the event (as well as present).


Today's edition of "Presentation of the Day" asks us to think on a major paradigm of our existence: the division of work and life. 

In his presentation (from PKN Stockholm Vol. 21) Martin Willers questions the necessity of this partitioning, and he does so while giving us a tour through his sketchbook.

Willers addresses the 5-day work week and humanity's march down path of industrialism. We continue to build, to create, to work, but we also continue to waste. Is it really necessary for us to follow this incline? You be the judge.

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