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Location: BMW Edge, Fed Square – Swanston St, Melbourne
Wednesday 27 October, doors open 6.00pm

Pecha Kucha Melbourne volume 14 is shaping up to be a very special event indeed – with the final line-up just announced:

Peter Maddison // host of TV series Grand Designs (Australia)
Dr David O’Brien // architect / educator, working in remote Australian indigenous communities
Kon Karapanagiotidis // CEO, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (and client) + Kendall Strong // pro bono architect
Norman Day // architect / writer
Paul Coffey // architect / carpenter
Tamsin O’Neill // editor of Green magazine
Nonda Katsalidis // Unitised Building and Fender Katsalidis
Tania Davidge // openHAUS
Gilbert Rochecouste // director, Village Well
Marcus Westbury // columnist for The Age and founder of Renew Australia
Emily Ballantyne Brodie // Urban reforestation
Rob Stent // director, Hayball

…and there may just be a surprise or two in store!

Tickets $15, drinks and snack food will be available at the bar.

Limited seats available – tickets on the door / please book online here (via the AIA website) to avoid missing out!

info [at] pechakuchamelbourne [dot] com

This event is part of National Architecture Week Melbourne, an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Find out about what else is happening for National Architecture Week at

National Architecture Week

Pecha Kucha Melbourne vol. 14 will take place in the middle of National Architecture Week on the evening of Wednesday 27 October!

This time, speakers take the PK stage to explore the place of architecture in your city, your neighbourhood and your home.

Beyond all aesthetic, technical and financial aspects of the professional responsibilities, the major concern [for architects]. . . is the social commitment of the profession . . . as well as the improvement of the quality of life through sustainable human settlements. (UNESCO/Union of International Architects Charter).

Yet, in Australia, the apparent contribution of architects to society is small, with only a tiny fraction of housing (an estimated 5% or less) being designed by architects, and a broad perception that architectural design is out of reach to all but a wealthy few. But is there more to the role than meets the eye?

The reality is that design is part of all our lives – from the car that gets you from A to B, to the fork you use to eat your lunch. Most of us wouldn’t put up with products that don’t do what they’re supposed to, so what makes us prepared to invest in a house that gets too hot in summer and costs a bomb to heat in winter? There are architects working in unexpected ways to improve our quality of life – through innovation in environmental sustainability, community advocacy and collaboration. Meanwhile, the increasing pressures of housing affordability and climate change call for radical changes in our built environment, so just what CAN architecture contribute?

Bookings essential!
Book online here

The next Pecha Kucha Melbourne night will be held on Wednesday 18 August 2010 at the Order of Melbourne (Level 2, 401 Swanston St).

Pecha Kucha vol. 13 finds Melbourne in the midst of federal election fever. As leaders jostle to turn the spotlight on vote-winning issues, do you ever get the feeling that something is being ignored? Is it just too hard to address the elephant in the room?

What’s your elephant in the room and how are you designing with/around it?

Naomi Bishops & Richard Raber (Traces Films)
Jenny Davies (author of “Beyond the Facade: Flinders St”)
Simon Griffiths (Shebeen)
Ceri Hann (RMIT Public Art)
Martyn Hook (RMIT/iredale pedersen hook),
Andrew Maynard (Andrew Maynard Architects)
Mark McQuilten (Architectus)
Hannah Robertson (University of Melbourne/Six Degrees)
Rebecca Scott (STREAT)
Johan van Schaik (Minifie Nixon)
Tim Whitefield (Whitefield McQueen Irwin Alsop)

Our next Pecha Kucha event will be held on Tuesday 18 May 2010 at The Order of Melbourne, 401 Swanston St from 6:30pm.

With special guests:
Mark Dytham (director of Klein Dytham Architecture, Tokyo & co-founder of Pecha Kucha)
Kylie Fitt & Elida De Felice (directors of Fitt De Felice & founders of Pecha Kucha Melbourne)
Daniel Griffin & David Neustein (RMIT Alumni)
Brad Krauskopf (Hub Melbourne)
Tullia Jack (The Spirit of the Black Dress)
Alexander Knox (artist)
Glenn Todd (Bindarri)
Chris Wright (1egg1world)
Dianne Reid (hipsync)
Myles Broad & Scott Leung (Eckersley Garden Architecture)

On behalf of Architecture for Humanity, Urban Village Melbourne partnered with Architects for Peace, is pleased to present, 20×20 PechaKucha Ayiti / Melbourne – the world’s largest 24-hour online streaming event, happening on Saturday the 20th of February 2010 at 1000 Pound Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

This is a true, last minute, we-can-do-it fundraiser, mobilized in just over a week, spreading to over 130 cities globally with 100% of proceeds destined for ready-to-go reconstruction projects in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

MC: Marckenson Brown

With special guests:
Mike Finch (Circus Oz)
Zoe Doran (Penny Rose Boutique) + Dave Fidel (Mondoponcho Media)
Beatriz Maturana (Architects for Peace) + Anthony McInneny (RMIT Public Art)
Paul Paton (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages)
Damien Melotte (Ecoresonance)
Dianne Moy (VEIL)
Diego Ramirez-Lovering (Monash Architecture)
Paul Barbera (wheretheycreate)
Emilio Fuscaldo (Nest Architects)