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Inspire Japan Channel

Just 4 weeks after the events of 3/11 in Japan, the worldwide PechaKucha community came together to "Inspire Japan." Over $85,000 was raised for Architecture for Humanity and ArchiAid during a non-stop 24-hour PechaKucha event that circled the globe. The process of re-growth is ongoing, and presentations will continue to be added as we continue to inspire.

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Haiti Reconstruction Channel

117 PechaKucha Night cities came together to raise money for reconstruction in Haiti on the 20th of February, 2010, just 4 weeks after the earthquake. Raising $79,000 for Architecture for Humanity, the money has helped build a school, which opened in November of 2011.

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ArchiAid Channel

ArchiAid was formed soon after the devastating events of 3/11 in Japan. Many of Japan's leading architects joined forces with students of architecture to help design and rebuild some of the hardest hit coastal areas.

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Architecture for Humanity Channel

Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)3 non-profit, that has been building a better future through the power of design for the past 15 years. We provide architecture, planning and project management services including construction management and post-occupancy analysis, and facilitate community engagement throughout each project. At the core of our mission, we believe everyone deserves access to the benefits of good design.

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PAST VOL 14

Melbourne @ Federation Square, BMW Edge
Oct 27, 2010

PAST VOL 1

Norwich, UK @ cinema city norwich
Oct 26, 2011

PAST VOL 8

Derby @ QUAD
Jun 27, 2013

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London @ TOTO London Concept Store
Sep 16, 2014

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Presov @ Christiania
May 16, 2015

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Železný Brod @ KC Kino - Železný Brod
Dec 11, 2015

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Brisbane @ Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse
Mar 02, 2016

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Sep 28, 2016

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Glasgow @ The Whisky Bond
Dec 01, 2016

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Learning to Love Your Obsessions

BY BRIGETTE BORDERS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 18, 2015

Brigette Borders is an artist, designer, educator, and a producer at Google. She loves geometry. 

Her artistic and architecural studies allowed her to overcome some (but not all!) of her obsessive compulsive behaviors, through encaustic painting and pattern making. 

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How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature

BY NICHOLAS RAJKOVICH
@ VOL 16 ON APR 14, 2016

"How do we start thinking about heat waves and why are heat waves so important?"

In How One Man on a 75-Pound Bicycle Took a City's Temperature from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 16, architect and University at Buffalo Professor, Nicholas B. Rajkovich describes the design of a bicycle-based weather station used to find the “hot spots” of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Every year in the United States, more people die from heat waves than any other type of natural disaster. Extreme heat events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. Collecting a fine scale of microclimatic data can help to determine how physical characteristics contribute to human exposure to ground and air temperatures. These data also suggest how urban design strategies can reduce the impacts of the urban heat island effect. However, microclimate measurement poses substantial challenges. Rajkovich’s work investigates the intersection of energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, and climate change resilience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016. 

 

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Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975

BY CHARLES L. DAVIS, II, PH.D.
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"We started with several books that looked at the brownstone as a site of intervention."

In Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975 from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shows works from his recent exhibition project, Building Black Utopias, and discusses the literature that served as inspiration. 

The Building Black Utopias project combines the tools of the architect, the historian and the literary critic to recover the historical contributions of African American writers to architectural utopian thought. It specifically examines the role of literary depictions of place in June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall and Angela Davis’ writings. Davis argues that each authors’ rhetorical manipulations of the built environment operates on the same level as architectural utopian thought insofar as both mediums created rich, alternative depictions of modernist space to liberate the architect’s imagination. The final exhibit translates the spatial ideas of literature into drawings, models and other ephemera.

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A Brief Memoir of Architectural Space

BY JOANNA GILLESPIE
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"This is my 6-minute memoir. A mediation on impermanence."

In A Brief Memoir of Architecural Space from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, independent arts consultant and co-organizer of PechaKucha Buffalo, Joanna Gillespie, delivers a meditation on twenty of the fifty places she has lived since birth. From Victorian-era structures in Buffalo, NY and San Francisco, CA, to the wilds of the 1970's California coast, to modern and efficient rural Japan, to a Postmodern art utopia in Maine, and beyond, Gillespie recounts a particular memory from each space. Through all of the temporal landscapes we find ourselves in, Gillespie concludes, "We forge on, either clumsily or assuredly. We keep on keeping on." Even if we move fifty times.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016. 

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Death by Architecture

BY ANANTH SAMPATHKUMAR
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Architect Ananth Sampathkumar takes us through the world of architectural competitions - from historical examples of the Sydney Opera House and Pompidou Center to a cultural center in Sri Lanka. 

Ananth studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India before moving to New York. Here he co-founded NDNY Architecture and Design, completing projects in Srilanka, India, and the USA.

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Japan and the Temporal Craftsmen

BY NICHOLAS COFFEE
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Nicholas Coffee takes us through history of temporal craftsmen with examples of temples and shrines across Japan. His study was made possible by the Georgia Trust Foundation.

Nicholas is a LEED AP Architectural Designer at FXFOWLE working on a range of projects in NYC from urban design to interior design. Previously he worked at Bjarke Ingels Group on a variety of projects including the Hot to Cold exhibition and publication. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder (his hometown.)

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The Architecture of Entitlement

BY EMMA FULLER
@ VOL 18 ON MAY 18, 2017

In a whirlwind PechaKucha presentation, architect Emma Fuller discusses a history of language and the city plan - how entitlement has created a new architectural tool for the powerful to dismantle the collective and empower the singular. See examples from Mussolini to Trump in this 20x20 !

Emma Fuller is an associate with Diane Lewis Architect PC and teaches architectural history and theory at Pratt Institute. She received her degree from the Cooper Union. Her work addresses architecture as art and memory. This is expanded upon in published essays, exhibitions and architectural projects including the "Richmond as a Work of Art" series, the IPA fellowship, the Green Ward and Michelangelo-La Tourette papers, and the Nebo House.

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Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm

BY MARIA AIOLOVA
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

In this PechaKucha presentation for NYCxDesign, architect Maria Aiolova discusses her obsession with cricket farming. Her firm, Terreform ONE, built a sustainable insect shelter on site to conduct extensive research on crickets - studying their growth, social development, and reproductive habits...before harvesting the adults and turning them into tasty treats! As she says, "eating bugs is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the future!"

Maria is an architect, educator, designer, and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities, sustainable urban infrastructure, water, transportation and waste. Maria is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on future cities.

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Rethinking Resettlement

BY ERKIN ÖZAY
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"How can we make our endeavors clear and approachable enough that we can actually contribute to the public debate at a very high level?"

In Rethinking Resettlement from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, Erkin Özay, reviews some of the social and design issues involved in rehousing and supporting Buffalo, New York's new Americans. Özay's Spring 2016 UB graduate studio explored the potential for temporary and long-term housing for newly arrived refugees and immigrants, as well as the role of supporting institutions, community assets, and reimagining the existing housing stock. Özay's project investigates "compassionate urbanism." He is interested in how groups of limited means--new and existing residents--support each other through careful intersections. 

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Buffalo Niagara by Design

BY ROBERT G. SHIBLEY
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"What was I thinking when I came to Buffalo? ... I was coming to join a social movement in our city and region, and I dove in head first."

In Buffalo Niagara Design from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Dean and Professor of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Robert Shibley, recounts his recruitment to Buffalo as Department Chair, 35 years ago. Upon the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the department, Shibley discusses his work with architecture and planning students, faculty and community members on various urban planning projects in the region. Across an arc of a quarter century, the UB Urban Design Project and the UB Regional Institute have been key players in the evolution of a broad regional planning framework.

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Raising Funds for Construction of the "Core House"

Presentations We kick off the week with a few presentations that were part of last week's special "PechaKucha x ArchiAid" charity event here in Tokyo. The goal of the event was to raise funds for the building of the "Core House," that is described (in English) in this presentation by Atelier Bow-Wow's Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (and pictured above). It's a production system to build a small house at a cheap cost, that can later be enlarged, adding more rooms, etc. The target date for completion is Christmas day, and you can contribute by making a donation through the PayPal button at the top of our Inspire Japan site -- $80,000 needs to be raised to complete the project. For the other two presentations we share today (both in Japanese), the first one explains what ArchiAid is all about, and the reconstruction efforts it has been doing in the Tohoku region. The second one takes a look at a project to construct shelter for ArchiAid vounteers in the Tohoku region, in the Ayukawa area. They renovated and rebuilt homes for both ArchiAid volunteers and local residents. Posters During our post hiatus we've continued to update the Tumblr blog, and so there are lots of posters to take in you haven't checked lately, coming from the following cities: San Jose (Costa Rica), Logrono, Granada, Ekaterinburg, Chicago, Kitaskyushu, and more. Above, the poster for Thursday's PKN in Seattle, which will mark the city's 40th edition. Photos We've got a lot of photo galleries to share, so for the next few days we'll run through a few of them. Above from top, Dusseldorf, Ekaterinburg, and Maribor.PKN Dusseldorf Vol. 1 [Flickr]PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 7 [Flickr]PKN Maribor Vol. 10 [Flickr] Calendar It's been our biggest month yet with close to 120 events. Today we have the first PKN in Rio de Janeiro, as well as PKN Aalborg Vol. 10, and tomorrow sees the following 7 PKNs: PKN New Haven Vol. 14, PKN Kathmandu Vol. 7, PKN Tokyo Vol. 97, PKN Providence Vol. 44, PKN Glasgow Vol. 12, PKN San Jose (Costa Rica) Vol. 4, and PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 8. 

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PechaKucha in Charity Mode, Public Housing in Oshika, and the Pattern Book Project

Presentations Today we share a few more presentations from last week's "PechaKucha x ArchiAid" event, and we're also very pleased to announce that at the event itself, over 350,000 yen (US$4275) was raised for the "Core House" project, which we described in yesterday's post. There's still a ways to go, and you can contribute directly through our Inspire Japan site. PechaKucha co-founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham cover (in Japanese and English) the global charity events done under the PechaKucha banner, including "PechaKucha for Haiti" and Inspire Japan. Makoto Watanabe and Taketo Shimohigoshi share (in Japanese) a case study for public housing in the Oshika Peninsula. Momoyo Kaijima talks (in Japanese) about a pattern book project to help reconstruct people's lives, aimed at those who live close to the coast, in the Oshika area. Posters Ostrava will soon be celebrating its 10th edition (on December 15) with a huge event, and above you can see the series of posters that has been produced. For more PKN posters, you can of course visit our Tumblr blog, which has also been updated today with the flyer for tomorrow's PKN Salzburg Vol. 15, as well as our latest PKN Tokyo flyer, pictured below, designed by Luis Mendo from a photo by Michael Holmes. Tokyo's Vol. 97 happens tonight. Photos Today we share another three photo galleries from recent PKNs, with PKN Toronto Vol. 18 -- part of the DesignThinkers 2012 pre-party -- pictured above.PKN Augsburg Vol. 2 [Facebook]PKN Dornbirn Vol. 1 [Facebook] PKN Toronto Vol. 18 [Flickr]Calendar Here's a look at tonight's (November 28) PKN lineup: PKN New Haven Vol. 14, PKN Kathmandu Vol. 7, PKN Tokyo Vol. 97, PKN Providence Vol. 44, PKN Glasgow Vol. 12, PKN San Jose (Costa Rica) Vol. 4, and PKN Ekaterinburg Vol. 8. Tomorrow, it gets even bigger, with 11 events on the calendar: PKN Salzburg Vol. 15, PKN Madison, WI Vol. 4, PKN Miami Vol. 19, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 8, PKN Cologne Vol. 13, PKN Seattle Vol. 40, PKN Kolding Vol. 19, PKN Skovde Vol. 10, PKN Varberg Vol. 4, PKN Kitakyushu Vol. 8, and PKN Logrono Vol. 8.

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More from ArchiAid and the "Core House" Project

Presentations Today we share the last batch of presentations from last week's "PechaKucha x ArchiAid" event, and remind you that you can help the "Core House" project by donating on our Inspire Japan site -- US$80,000 is required to bring the project to completion by its target date of Christmas Day. All of today's presentations are in Japanese, but you can watch Atelier Bow-Wow's Yoshiharu Tsukamoto's English presentation for more on the project. Senhiko Nakata from Team A Book talks about support activities in the Nagashizu area, in Miyagi-ken. Kumiko Inui talks about her project that offers up a variety of new plans for kids to enjoy school life, and the reconstruction of a junior high school in Shichigahama, Miyagi-ken. Ippei Takahashi shares a project to reconstruct a nursery in Shichigahama. It features a large interior garden (patio-like), and is made to look like a large village. SANAA's Naoto Noguchi talks about a reconstruction project on the island of Miyato with the goal of maintaining the traditional lifestyle of the locals, and to preserve the sights and island nature. Osamu Tsukihashi talks about a project with 22 universities (500 architectural students) to work on a model (at 1/500 scale) of the cities in the Tohoku area. Shoko Fukuya from the Tohoku Institute of Technology talks about a long running project (since last summer) in which universities around Japan are getting together to support the Tohoku region. Posters No new additions to the Tumblr blog today, so instead we highlight the poster for tonight's PKN Logrono Vol. 8.  Photos Here's another set of photo galleries to share. Above, a look at the recent PKN Tehran Vol. 3. PKN Tehran Vol. 3 [Flickr]PKN Aalen Vol. 12 [Flickr]PKN Guimaraes Vol. 4 [Flickr]Calendar Another big Thursday (November 29) with 11 events: PKN Salzburg Vol. 15, PKN Madison, WI Vol. 4, PKN MiamiVol. 19, PKN Huddersfield Vol. 8, PKN Cologne Vol. 13, PKN Seattle Vol. 40, PKN Kolding Vol. 19, PKN Skovde Vol. 10, PKN Varberg Vol. 4, PKN Kitakyushu Vol. 8, PKN Logrono Vol. 8, and PKN Granada Vol. 1. Tomorrow we have PKN Bangor Vol. 6, PKN Ferrol Vol. 8, PKN Nagoya Vol. 13, and PKN Tampa Bay Vol. 12.

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Vol.2 IDEA CITY: buenas Prácticas

El pasado sábado 31 de enero se realizo dentro del contexto del 4º festival de las Artes de Valparaíso, FAV, el vol.2 de Pechakucha Night Valparaíso con el tema: Idea City: Buenas Practicas En esta oportunidad expusieron: Akira Uchimura Republica Portátil Fundación Gestión Vivienda Ludotopia Plan Cerro Museo de la Cerveza Altamira Socialab Esc de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Talca Planta Banda La Fabulosa Minga Sustentable Patio Volantín Invasión Callejera El lugar escogido para la realización de esta actividad fue el paseo yugoslavo y conto con la presencia de cerca de 400 personas que disfrutaron de una noche de entretenimiento a cargo de TUGA, el cual presento de manera muy original a cada uno de los invitados, y de conocimiento con las exposiciones realizadas con respecto a la ciudad y sus buenas practicas tales como huertos urbanos, intervenciones callejeras, juegos urbanos, emprendimiento social, sustentabilidad y arquitectura.  

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PechaKuchaNight Kyiv - Design in your city

On 26 February in Kiev will host one of the biggest events in the PechaKucha format! 12+ stories from creative people who are close to the «Design in your city» theme. Among the storytellers there are architects and designers of all kinds: object designers, interior designers, graphic designers, landscape architects, experts in the field of dynamic architecture, and also illustrators, journalists, copywritiers, musicians and other creative people. We're going to hear and see stories about design, about communication, about the harmonization of the environment, about green roofs, the revolutionary parametric design tools, the human language in the urban environment, about the principles of formation in everything, about the redesign of the city through crowdsourcing, about design-education and "samizdat" (self-published books). http://pechakucha-kyiv.com/pkn-design-in-your-city/ Poster by Olga Protasova

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This Friday Night!

This Friday! A Design Week PechaKucha Night you won't want to miss! View this email in your browser PechaKucha Night is tomorrow! First, if you've already bought tickets, thank you! We're excited to see you tomorrow. Second, if you haven't bought tickets, today is your last full day of cheaper tickets. Friday, Oct. 16th starting at 7pm doors open.Grab an early dinner next door at Frida Bistro, then head to our venue next door for light food from Beehive Cheese, Laziz, and 3 Cups, and drinks from 5 Wives, Squatters, and Wasatch. Presenters start around 8pm. You don't want to miss this incredible line-up! Tyson Call - Writer/PhotographerAaron Nelson - Industrial DesignerAmy Caron - uber-multidisciplinary artistKortney Greer - Designer/illustratorDavid Brooks - Transdisciplinary Project DirectorPierre Langue - ArchitectD.J. Baxter - RDA Salt Lake City, DirectorGarret Martin + Phil Smallwood - GumcoPatrick Crowley - ChapulAlice Toler + Bobby Gittins - Artist & WriterNick Franchi - Digital Art DirectorJill Canales - Senior VP Design @ 3form Buy Now Pierre Langue is an Architect and principal of Axis Architects. After studying and working in France, Pierre moved to the US to work and later establish Axis Architects in 2005. He has designed prominent, unique, and award winning projects throughout Utah. D.J. Baxter is the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. The RDA is currently leading the efforts to develop a 2,500 seat theater for touring Broadway shows, constructing two modern streecar lines, and facilitate transit-oriented developments, among a number of other projects.   Copyright © 2015 PechaKucha Night - Salt Lake City, All rights reserved. 

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Penticton Vol. 2

Penticton's second Pecha Kucha night was a great success!  We had a great turn out which, for a small city, attests to the appeal of the Pecha Kucha format. The presentations covered a diverse range of subjects by some really amazing people.  Austin Hawkins spoke of his personal journey and vision as an architect in a way that made you see what his heart truly desires from his own practice.  Michele Johnson shared the conception and successful launch of the language revitalization school for the Indigenous Okanagan People.  Peter Wolf gave an emotive and insightful journey of his meditative growth over 1 year constructing a house designed by Landform Architects.  Emily Elizabeth shared beautiful images that inspired the guests and explained some of the creative process involved in making her amazing beautiful jewelry pieces.   To wrap it up Vince Freeborn celebrated the first year anniversary of his email journal The High Scribe.  As always, Vince made the crowd laugh and the High Scribe experience was made complete with a sticker book of his 20 x 20 Pecha Kucha slides!  It was a brilliant idea and had our guests greedily grabbing and trading stickers to be the first to fill up their books!   Unfortunately I did not record the presentations correctly so once I reformat them I will post them for you to watch. We have already filled up the next roster for the January 2016 Pecha Kucha night!  That is how inspiring these nights are!   Check out Vince Freeborn's sticker book here.  If you like his drawings and want to see more go to www.thehighscribe.com and get subbed up!  In my opinion it is one of the best newsletters out there.

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Penticton Vol. 2

Penticton's second Pecha Kucha night was a great success!  We had a great turn out which, for a small city, attests to the appeal of the Pecha Kucha format. The presentations covered a diverse range of subjects by some really amazing people.  Austin Hawkins spoke of his personal journey and vision as an architect in a way that made you see what his heart truly desires from his own practice.  Michele Johnson shared the conception and successful launch of the language revitalization school for the Indigenous Okanagan People.  Peter Wolf gave an emotive and insightful journey of his meditative growth over 1 year constructing a house designed by Landform Architects.  Mimi Moylan spoke of her extensive art work that includes a strong yoga practice and important community engagemnt.  Emily Elizabeth shared beautiful images that inspired the guests and explained some of the creative process involved in making her amazing beautiful jewelry pieces.   To wrap it up Vince Freeborn celebrated the first year anniversary of his email journal The High Scribe.  As always, Vince made the crowd laugh and the High Scribe experience was made complete with a sticker book of his 20 x 20 Pecha Kucha slides!  It was a brilliant idea and had our guests greedily grabbing and trading stickers to be the first to fill up their books!   Unfortunately I did not record the presentations correctly so once I reformat them I will post them for you to watch. We have already filled up the next roster for the January 2016 Pecha Kucha night!  That is how inspiring these nights are!   Check out Vince Freeborn's sticker book here.  If you like his drawings and want to see more go to www.thehighscribe.com and get subbed up!  In my opinion it is one of the best newsletters out there.

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PechaKucha Night - SLC March 18th!

PechaKucha Night SLC and Women in Architecture are bringing together a great presenter line-up. Come experience it March 18th! View this email in your browser It's time to get your tickets! For the 3rd straight year, the Women in Architecture group has persuaded fantastic presenters to take the stage and share with us their best 20x20 PechaKucha presentations. Get a load of this group!Amanda Bordeloin - civil engineerAngela Dean - architectWomen of Design Build BluffVirginia Pearce - Utah film commissionerLauren Barros - family rights attorneyCurtis Miller - mathematician/student/wage gap researcherJen Plumb - emergency room physicianMaria Vyas - transportation plannerSofia Gorder - dancer/educator/creatorPat Bagley - editorial cartoonistEsther Gubbay - architecture studentLuisa Whittaker-Brooks - chemistWhere: The State Room (638 South State Street)When: Friday, March 18th Doors open @ 7pm Presenters start @ 8pm-10:30pmTickets $15 advance - $20 at the door

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PKN 3 in Vientiane!

Well, we smashed our attendance record at PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 3 with over 160 people (and one very cute pooch!) joining us at O'Grady's Irish Pub and Restaurant last night! Thanks for the wicked turn-out Vientiane! The event brought together 10 of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: Fanglao Dance Company director and dancer Ounla Pha Oudom (Kaka), artist Jihyun Lim, writer and co-creator of Ban Apinihan Mair Hyman, third-culture kid and PK organiser Nami Ishihara, filmmaker and ballet dancer Mattie Do, participant-observer Ruth Foster, Bill Pennington from the development sector, anthropological archaeologist and Lucha Libre enthusiast Flavio Silva, co-founder of Lanith: Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and local rockstar Maeve O’Brien, and CSArchitectes' Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn, to share their ideas with the community. Presentations spanned childhood memories, art and architchture portfolios, the history behind Lucha Libre, elephant foot yam farming in Burma, ballet vs horror films, and a personal tour of the statues of Vientiane.  Special thank yous to O'Grady's for letting us take over their bar for the night, TOH LAO Coworking Space & Services, and our Vol. 3 poster designer Nilada Ratanavong of Maison Matilda Café & Living. Here's some snaps from last night, taken by PKNV co-organiser Kate Antonas. More photos on our Facebook.  Vol. 3 speakers Back L-R: Flavio Silva, co-organiser Sabine Scharfe, Bill Pennington, Maeve O'Brien. Front: Ji Hyun Lim, Nami Ishihara, Mattie Do, Ruth Foster, Mair Hyman. Missing: Ounla Pha Oudom and Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn