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We haven't scheduled our next PechaKucha Night yet, but in the meantime you can watch some presentations, look at our map to see if there are any scheduled PKNs in nearby cities, or have a look at the long list of upcoming events, to see if there's one you can attend!

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Documentary Films

@ VOL 27 ON APR 07, 2016

Walter V. Marshall is a documentary film director, cinematographer and editor. He owns and operates Walter Vincent Films LLC and wants to travel the world telling compelling stories.

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Bold Colors

@ VOL 27 ON APR 07, 2016

Timothy Orikri began his art studies at the age of 17 in his homeland of Nigeria. He came to America where he became the Artist-In-Residence at St. Louis University and worked on several projects to educate and encourage African Studies and Culture.

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Cargo Architecture

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Breck Crandell, Lead Designer + Project Architect for Three Squared Inc, tells us about the resilient reuse of steel shipping containers and how they’re being used as a viable building material for residential and commercial buildings all over.

Three Squared Inc currently has 15 active projects, and Crandell shows us some insight on past projects. He explains why they’re a perfect building material, how they’re changing how we look at building on smaller lots and being ecologically smart about future building material options.

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Legacy Pocket Parks

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Janice K. Means is a professor emeritus of architecture and design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. In her presentation, she discusses the Legacy Pocket Parks and their impact on communities' connection to the city.

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Future of Green Museums

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Leslie Tom, Alumni Presenter and CSO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, steps on stage again to relay the future of Green Museums. She explains the importance her museum will be placing on educating the public on how they’re being energy responsible, being trusted community leaders as well as trusted information sources for the community.

From stormwater management to consumption, the future of the Wright Museum is rooted in transparency and bringing these issues to life; pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a museum.

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@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Mara Magyarosi-Laytner is a Detroit based artist, photographer, and alternative process enthusiast. Her work typically pairs double exposure photography with inkjet transfer processes to explore the impact anxiety disorders have on the human condition.

Her current work, Hyperstimulation, uses wild, bright colors and complex imagery to bring to light the different visual impairments that can happen with these disorders.


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Detroit Design 139

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Jake Chidester, Direct of Design for Bedrock Detroit, comes to PechaKucha Detroit to discuss the Detroit Design 139 month-long collaborative for September 2019. DD139 began in 2017 and started as an exhibit to create dialogue of the 10 principles of what makes good design and establish that foundation to build on.

2019 hopes to push those definitions and what it means to be a UNESCO City of Design with “Inclusive Futures” in mind, not only in the populated downtown, but in the boroughs of the neighborhoods. City Systems, Economy, Public Spaces and Neighborhood Housing will all be on the topic lists for DD139.

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The Water Box Project

@ VOL 38 ON JUL 31, 2019

Jaron Rothkop, President of the Last Kilometer, joins us to discuss the ongoing efforts to provide Flint with water years after the devastating misuse of public facilities (and government funding ceased). During his presentation he touched on the effects of donated water bottle waste and how that was not a viable, long-term solution for the people of Flint.

He discussed how his Water Box project in conjunction with multiple concerned partners has brought about real lasting change, minimizing single-use plastic waste. As an open source idea, the Water Box project has peaked interest not only in the US, but all around the world.



Announcing Volume 37 @ Owl and the Raven!

We are excited to once again be partnering with Owl and the Raven for an exciting evening of sharing work and inspiration with both old and new friends!
Everyone knows our presenters in Detroit are the best in the PechaKucha Universe! :)
If you'd like a chance to be one of them, send us your name, contact info, and a few words and images about your topic to pkndetroit@gmail.com by March 23rd.
Doors open at 7pm, presentations begin at 7:30. Refreshments provided.

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About the City's Organizers

  • PKN Detroit Creative Team

    We celebrate creative and business-minded talent that may not otherwise have an outlet to share their inspirations, creations and ways they've changed a community. PechaKucha Detroit has been providing its creative community a voice since 2008. Let's broadcast your innovation. Send an email to pkndetroit@gmail.com, and we'll tell you about our next event.

  • Frank Nemecek

    Frank Nemecek is a writer, filmmaker, and all-around pain in the [expletive deleted]. He started the Warrendale (Detroit) Blog in December of 2005 as side project to his freelance writing and video work. He did so mostly because none of the major media outlets were covering the Warrendale neighborhood in Detroit where he lives. Since then, he has been interviewed about his neighborhood on CNN Radio, Detroit Free Press, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, and WXYZ-TV.

  • Tracy Sweeney

    In addition to her career as an Associate and licensed architect and designer at Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) in Southfield, Tracy has been the MC of PechaKucha Night Detroit since 2008. She is a Board Member and active volunteer for AIA Detroit and other industry organizations, volunteers with her alma mater Lawrence Technological University, and -- although she's not a musician herself -- handles promotions, event planning and graphic design as a passion project for the nonprofit Detroit Sessions, which creates unique experiences and partnerships to bring classical music to new audiences. Tracy received the 2014 Young Architect award from AIA Detroit, the 2015 Young Architect Award from AIA Michigan, and the LTU Distinguished Architecture Alumni Award in 2018.

  • Shay Franchini

    Social Media Manager for PechaKucha Detroit. Shay's first experience with PechaKucha was as an attendant, which prompted her to want to get involved. When the opportunity arose to take on the social media side of the chapter, Shay jumped on it and has been a continued force behind the Detroit chapters Facebook and Twitter handles.

  • Martyna Alexander

    Martyna first found out about Pecha Kucha on a trip in Tokyo where she attended her first PKN and met Mark and Astrid in person! After that point she was hooked, and when she came back to the states, with the help of some designers and architects, started the Benton Harbor/Saint Joseph Chapter in Michigan before moving to Detroit and joining the Detroit team! Martyna works on all the graphic promotional material for the PKN Detroit events and is a freelance designer and artist.

  • Dean Zoyes

    Taking the idea of marketing real estate to the next level, Zoyes Creative provides narratives in the digital, print, and physical sense. We are experts in placemaker branding, and bespoke Architectural model experiences.