Do you know what PechaKucha Night is? If you do, I know you’ll be at the second Calgary PechaKucha tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm at the Uptown. If you don’t, trust me, you have to come and check it out. You won’t regret it.
You won’t regret it because of the format. Each presenter is given 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Meaning they have 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell you everything you could ever want to know about their topic. (Or at least enough to whet your appetite.) Generally this is enough time to only give you the really cool highlights of their project. No fluff. And beside, if it’s not a topic you happen to be interested in, just wait a couple minutes – there will be something more suiting to you along shortly!
The first Calgary PechaKucha Night was held on September 14 at The Grand Theatre. There wasn’t really a “theme” per se, but all the speakers were talking about great public spaces and how they were designed. Many of the speakers were from Calgary and a few were brought in from out of town. The list included:
- Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape
- Andrew Mosker, Executive Director, Cantos
- Bill Chomik, Principal Architect, Kasian
- Scott McTavish, Executive Director, Pumphouse Theatre
- Joe Lobko, DTAH, Lead Architect, Don Valley Brick Works Project Toronto
- David Scott, Associate, Peter Cardew Architects
- Billie Bridgman, President, Bridgman Associates
- Paul Dornian, Director, The Conservatory, Mount Royal College
- Jane Pendergast, Pendergast Collaborative Architecture
- Jeremy Sturgess, Principal, Sturgess Architecture
- Erik Olson, Artist and Spacemaker
- Mark Lawes, Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Junction Grand
Tomorrow night’s theme is “How We Live Together”. The speakers are architects, planners, artists and other great minds talking about exploring how cities become truly livable places and how the decisions we make today affect the future of our environmental, social and economic landscape. The speaker list includes:
- Eric Moschopedis, Interdisciplinary Artist
- Gian-Carlo Carra, Senior Urban Designer, T6
- John Frosst, Arbour Lake Sghool
- Tom Keenan Associate Dean Academic and Professor, EVDS, UofC
- David Plouffe, Acting Executive Assistant for the Director of Land Use Planning and Policy
- Xstine Cook, Artistic Director, Calgary Animated Objects Society
- Naheed Nenshi, Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University
- Lothar Wiwjorra, Senior Urban Designer City of Calgary
- Susan Veres, Communications Director, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
- Jerrod Bitango, Pastor, Central United Church
- Quinton Rafuse, Partner, CoworkYYC
- Bernie Amell, Landscape Architect, Prairie Sky Co-Housing
While we’ve already started talking about what the theme for the next PechaKucha Night should be (I’m honoured to have been asked to sit on the Advisory Committee) – and it sounds pretty cool so far – I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. So, go get your tickets for this Thursday’s even now. They are just $10 and can be purchased here. And I’ll make you a deal, if you absolutely hate the event you can buy you a beer afterward and make as many suggestions as you like on how we can improve it. Sound good?
Hope to see you there!