Pecha Kucha Melbourne

October 25, 2010

Pecha Kucha Melbourne #14 asks: What can architecture contribute?

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Pecha Kucha Melbourne, vol 14: What can architecture contribute?

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

Pecha Kucha is a fast-paced and informal gathering of creative people, who come together to share ideas. Each presenter is allowed to show 20 images, with only 20 seconds per image – keeping presentations short and sharp. First started in Tokyo in 2003, the event is now thriving in over 280 cities worldwide.

The final line-up includes:

*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 (and client) + Kendal Strong, pro-bono architect
*Norman Day*, architect and writer
*Paul Coffey*, architect and carpenter
*Tamsin O’Neill*, editor of _Green_ magazine
*Nonda Katsalidis*, Unitised Building and Fender Katsalidis
*Tania Davidge*, openHAUS
*Gilber Rochecouste*, director, Village Well
*Marcus Westbury*, columnist for The Age and founder of Renew Australia
*Emily Ballantyne Brodie*, Urban reforestation
*Rob Stent*, director, Hayball

*Where* BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
*When* Wednesday 27 October, 6.30pm (doors open at 6pm)

*Tickets* $15. Drinks and snack food will be available at the bar
*Limited seats; bookings essential*
Register online through the ["AIA website":http://www.architecture.com.au/eregister?id=3532]

This event is part of ["National Architecture Week":http://australiandesignreview.com/events/19076-National-Architecture-Week-Melbourne], taking place in Melbourne from 24-30 October – an initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Victorian chapter.
Visit the ["Pecha Kucha Melbourne website":http://www.pechakuchamelbourne.com/] for more information.

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