PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG Posts
MARCH 26, 2015
What kind of message can we send from Tokyo during the 2020 olympics?
Andrew Taylor talks about how the architectural design of a olympic stadium can create social changes in a community. In “The Olympic Effect” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 122 we see that this idea of urban regeneration can create a better environment for locals after the Olympics are over. Andrew’s firm, MAKE Architects, put this idea into practice during the 2012 London Olympics.
MARCH 26, 2015
"If you can make them laugh -- bring joy, happiness, connect with them -- it's worth it."
Zainal Bostaman, engineer by day and stand-up comic by night, talks about how he began his comic career (miserably) and after several hits and misses, reached a point where people can properly laugh at his jokes. In "Being Funny When You're Really Not That Funny" from PKN Bandar Seri Begawan Vol. 2, we see that he now holds comedy workshops and teaches others on how to be funny when they think they're not really that funny.
MARCH 25, 2015
“With all these innovations, we’re left with a larger rate of cancer survivors.”
Due to considerable progress in cancer treatment and survival rates, the population of cancer survivors can be anticipated to keep expanding in the foreseeable future. Though these patients may be cured of their original disease, survivors often have a to deal with a compromised quality of life. In “The Future of Cancer Care” from PKN Maastricht Vol. 24, Anna Verhulst, a fifth-year medical student and a cancer rehabilitation researcher, proposes a entirely new way of looking at cancer survivorship and rehabilitation programs.
MARCH 24, 2015
Want to know what it's like to attend a PechaKucha Night in Chicago? A good place to start is this fantastic event report by Andreea Ciulac, following her attendance at the city's Vol. 33, held earlier this month.
There’s a moment in the beginning of a PechaKucha Night when you wonder if you mistakenly end up at the wrong show. It happens quite often actually, because for a first-timer, it looks a lot like a TED Talk. But comparing the two would be like explaining the differences between a red velvet cupcake and a cake pop. While equally delicious, they're nothing alike. On many levels though, PechaKucha (the Japanese word for “chatter”) steals the show.
Read the full report here.
MARCH 24, 2015
We had another successful PKN here in Tel Aviv! It was vol. 17, and once again we were sold out with 8000 people! Yes, it's crazy. We did 4 rounds over two nights. This stretches the "15 minutes of fame" for our presenters, makes them superstars for two nights.
We had some great presentations: a typographer who invented a font that combines Arabic and Hebrew in the same letter, a great experimental graphic work and a beautiful metaphor of an optimistic future. An artist who is making live animation with low tech means - paper cuts, lights and small camera. A graphic designer with interesting insights about the two biggest daily newspapers in Israel. A couple living in a circus van that uses circus as way of social activism and change by having fun. A comedian who stands on his head in various spots in the world. An artist who's building wooden dolls of all her family members and a model of her childhood house to tell the story of a family tragedy. An amazing vocal artist with a divine voice. A special guest from Berlin who's building crazy smart and useless machines. An illustrator and animator with psychedelic creations that makes you feel like you're on LSD...
We got so many great reactions that made us so proud and happy to be a part of the PechaKucha experience once again.
MARCH 23, 2015
"Every Tuesday I get 10 cartoons together to send to the most demanding outlet that there is: The New Yorker."
Each week Ken Krimstein agonises over his drawing board in the quest to please the most gruelling editor in the history of publishing - the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine. In “Climbing Everest” from PKN Chicago Vol. 33, see how Ken draws parallels between his week and reaching the world’s tallest peak.
MARCH 23, 2015
“What does a house want to be?” - Louis Kahn
Architectural designer Maureen Myers has always been interested in the way words motivate us and influence our journeys. In “Verbal Influences in Architecture” from PKN Accident Vol. 1, she discusses the effects the words of architects have had on her as she learned to think about and build buildings.
MARCH 19, 2015
Do you love Tokyo? Do you love drawing?
Self-proclaimed “draw-er” Luis Mendo speaks about the numerous artists who joined him in creating a beautifully illustrated summary of life in Tokyo. In "Drawing Tokyo" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 122 wee see that their efforts were compiled, along with some thoughtful writings, in the latest issue of what is typically an architectural magazine: MAS Context.
MARCH 18, 2015
“He sucked a sad poem right out of America, and onto film.”
Writer/Producer J.A. Ginsburg speaks about the iconic Photographer Mickey Pallas, and the magic of photography. In “Mickey Pallas - Photographer” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, she discusses Pallas’ photographic style, and the historic events he captured through his lens.
MARCH 17, 2015
“If you give a man a mustache, he’s going to want an accordion.”
Designer and self-dubbed Renaissance Man Jason Tilk will do anything for a laugh. In “Find Your Mustache” from PKN Cleveland Vol. 23 Jason speaks about his opportunities designing electrocardiograms, ATMs for medicine, and his life performing in vaudeville and circuses.