City Living Room
Before the late nineteenth century, the living room of a house was called a ‘parlor’ in the West. The term parlor was derived from a French verb ‘parler’ which means ‘to speak’. The term was given to the space because it was mainly a place where we gather and share personal stories that interest us-, are on our mind and inspire us.
When we consider a city also as a space where people settle down and decorate their live, the concept of “living room” has a wider meaning. It can refer to a platform in the city - such as the living room in a house - where people can gather and share ideas, make friends and embrace opportunities.
With the topic “City Living Room”, we talk about buildings and housewares, infrastructure and city development, activities in daily life and challenges and opportunities in the global context. This seasonally organized social gathering for the creative industry can be described as our city's "parlor". As - just like a living room - PechaKuchaNight Chengdu is a spot to share stories in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. In collaboration with the Chengdu International Home Design Week, we present to you volume 13: City Living Room.