PECHAKUCHA DAILY BLOG Posts
DECEMBER 18, 2014
“It’s like living in a cute, compact, clay cocoon.”
Izumi Saito talks about Mayuhouse, a compact prefabricated hut made of clay that was designed by her father. In “Mayuhouse” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 119, we see that the living space is fully covered with a clay wall that breathes and wraps around you softly like a cocoon (MAYU), creating a healthy comfortable environment.
DECEMBER 03, 2014
“These are the most important buildings of the future.”
Architect Graeme Stewart speaks out on benefits of 1960s tower-style high-density urban housing as opposed to the sprawl often found in the US. In “Tower Neighbourhood Renewal” from PKN Toronto’s special Urban Innovation Happy Hour, we see that Graeme has taken the lead on the Tower Renewal project — whereby he’s taken steps to eco-retrofit these 50-year-old buildings, and worked to transform the surrounding areas into villages through policy changes and community-building campaigns.
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
See how London’s old industrial districts are transforming into live/work centers for artists and makers.
Executive Director at Pollards Thomas Edwards architects Andrew Beharrel speaks about the history of London’s industrial districts, and how they are slowly becoming cheap places to work and live. In “Out with the Old, in with the Art” from a special “Made in London” PechaKucha event held during London Design Week 2014, Andrew tells us how his firm is working to renew these historic buildings, and cultivate local arts communities.
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
“We touched on the Dirty South, civil rights, regionalism, and rawness.”
Professor Liz Teston speaks about her design research project that focuses on regional rap music factions. In “Rap Mapping and the Everyday” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12 she discusses the rap culture in the Dirty South and its connection to the built environment of this locale.
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
We Made That
“So we’re working with these small businesses, making a big impact.”
Holly Lewis from We Made That, goes into depth on what her organisation does to endorse local shops and companies in the greater London area. In “We Made That” from a special Made in London Powered by PechaKucha event held at London Design Week, we see that Holly’s work involves working with local businesses to make them more accessible to the public by clarifying what it is they do, which in turn helps everyone.
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
“I think pavilions are an instrument for architecture and diplomacy.”
André Corrêa do Lago is the Brazilian Ambassador to Japan, as well as a curator and critic of architecture. In “Architecture Celebrated at the Embassy of Brazil” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 118 Ambassador Lago's covers Brazil's amazing diplomatic links to architecture, with a final focus on the World Cup 2014 installation that was produced at the Brazil Embassy in Tokyo by esteemed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
Architects are teams of people that come together; designers, builders, community members, all as a collective whole.
Architect Emilie Taylor speaks the public perceptions of the architect’s role, and goes into depth on a few of the wonderful projects she has worked on. In “Making Something Greater” from PKN New Orleans Vol. 14, Emilie shares how she views architecture as the culmination of something that is greater than any one person’s achievement.
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
“I worked very hard to make no reference to the real world at all. It took me to some amazing places.”
Architect and urban planner David Denton has been working in the Virtual World for seven years. In “A Journey into the Virtual World” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 12, he speaks about the folly of wanting to re-create the real world, and about the incredible tool that virtual reality is for creating entirely new worlds.
OCTOBER 26, 2014
With a lack of funds and while refusing to take out loans, one man built a beautiful weekend getaway home for his family.
Architect Bob Clayton takes us through the construction of a home from start to finish. In “From Image to Realisation” from PKN Townsville Vol. 5, he discusses his intention to build a weekend cottage in the mountain rain forest, and his fascination with building hyperbolic paraboloids.
OCTOBER 22, 2014
“The idea is to introduce the movement of peoples between Asia and the rest of the world.”
Curator Aric Chen takes us on a tour of the under-construction M+ Museum of Visual Culture (to be completed late 2017) in Hong Kong, and the exhibition he has put together of numerous architectural works in the form of model and drawings.
In “Building M+” from PKN Hong Kong Vol. 19 Aric demonstrates the way by which the exhibition conveys the processes of architectural design, places the M+ construction within history, and surveys unrealised and failed construction plans.