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PECHA KUCHA LONDON
Posted By Steve On September 16, 2006 @ 4:05 pm In Events,News | 1 Comment
Pecha Kucha  – Japanese for the sound of conversation – is fast establishing itself as London’s place to catch-up on whats going on in the design world. It’s a grown-up version of show-and-tell that includes architects, designers, branding experts, and DJs.
Predictably, it was a bit hit-and-miss. One architect simply talked about his social network instead his catalogue of design. Two students spent their time simply giggling at their furniture design arranged as modesty boxes on top of pictures from top-shelf magazines (one of the organisers, Marcus Fairs, claimed meekly that he did not intentionally place them after a DJ’s serious conversation about the dangers of hip-hop and the objectification of women). The tone of the night is irreverent, fun, hilarious. Educational for the punter who paid their £12 ($20)?
For Inhabitat readers with eyes out for sustainable design:
Asif Khan, architect and lecturer at the Architectural Association, presented a new way of getting more people to walk instead of drive in Recife, Brazil: build a massive lycra cover. In between one of the favellas and the jobs in the city centre, the yellow cover was attaches to the sides of the buildings with simple ropes and wires and built by the local community. If this inexpensive idea gets traction in tropical climes, the shading could make walking and cycling as attractive as cities in more temperate zones.
Also, Youmeheshe architects  presented their small but vertical ‘organic house’ first developed for a UK £60,000 pre-fab house competition. More on that one to come…
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