Pecha Kucha – What can architecture contribute?

October 27, 2010

12 speakers take the stage at the next Pecha Kucha to explore the place of architecture in your city, your neighborhood and your home.

In Australia, the contribution of architecture to everyday life may seem small, with only a fraction of housing (an estimated 5%) designed by architects, and a 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?

There are architects working in unexpected ways to improve our quality of life – not only through innovation in environmental sustainability, but also community advocacy and collaboration. Meanwhile, the pressures of housing affordability and climate change call for radical changes in our built environment, so just what CAN architecture contribute?

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

About Pecha Kucha:
Born in Tokyo in 2003, and now thriving in over 280 cities, Pecha Kucha is an informal talkfest (the name is Japanese for ‘chit chat’) where creative people get together to share ideas. A fast-paced format (each speaker shows 20 images, with only 20 seconds per image) keeps presentations short and sharp!

Pecha Kucha Website:

When: Wed 27 Oct, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Location: Fed Square – BMW Edge, Melbourne
Cost: $15 (Book online here )