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Location: MiFA – Level 1, 278 Collins St, Melbourne
Friday 12 November, doors open 6.00pm

For our first, guest-hosted PechaKucha we are very pleased to introduce MiFA (Melbourne International Fine Art)

MiFA is a new platform for contemporary art in Australia. This modern, contemporary space hosts internationally acclaimed artists from the Asia Pacific, displaying work from China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and India in a variety of disciplines. MiFA aims to bridge the gap between Australia and its neighbours providing new avenues for collaboration, discussion, networks and links.

For the first PechaKucha Night at MiFA we discuss the ties that pull Australia towards Asia and vice versa

Confirmed speakers (so far):
Richie Khoo // Carpets for Communities
Pia Johnson // Artist
Trevor Fleming // Lesley Kehoe Galleries
Paul Andrews // Train Traveller
Chris Mitchell // Blogger – The Eurasian Sensation
Sarah Bond // Asialink, Director of Visual Arts
Anna Johnson // Architecture and Design, RMIT
Rey Tiquia // Traditional Chinese Medicine

Tickets $10 / $5 Concession, drinks available at the bar.

Limited tickets / please book online here to avoid missing out! Or call +61.9663.3304

info [at] mifa [dot] com [dot] au
info [at] pechakuchamelbourne [dot] com

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