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Mark Dytham

Architect & PechaKucha Night Founder, Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo



"On the 27th of January, 1887, a snowflake apparently fell in Montana, and it was 57cm (22.4in) across ...but they have no proof of that."

In SnowFlakeology from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, PK co-founder Mark Dytham drops some cold hard science on frozen crystals falling from the sky. Whether elaborating on 2-dimensional radiating dendrites crystals, or 3-dimensional Gohei-twin type flakes, or digital ASCII/Unicode icy forms, it's crystal-clear he's done his homework. Simply put, Mark's extensive snowflake knowledge is...well...chilling.

...he definitely didn't flake on this PechaKucha! It snow joke!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, December 25th, 2015. 

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Special People's Christmas Party

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 27, 2013

Scott Merschman loves Bemidji and this presentation proves it. He lists all the reasons why Bemidji is great. One of the main things that makes Bemidji great is his family's Christmas tradition.

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A Canadian's Christmas in Coventry (with apologies to Dylan Thomas)

@ VOL 19 ON DEC 16, 2014

Dr. William Rupp discusses a failed Christmas in Coventry and how we cope with a dusting of snow.

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Snowflakes for Easton

@ VOL 3 ON JAN 22, 2016

"In Just 20 Days, 27,162 snowflakes were cut and installed around the downtown. Something as simple as paper snowflakes had succeeded in uniting the entire community."

Downtown Easton was not always the vibrant place it is today. One critical element in the city's renewal as been the work of the Easton Main Street Initiative. In Snowflakes for Easton from PechaKucha Night Easton's Vol. 3, Main Street Manager Kim Kmetz recalls an initiative that captured the city's collective imagination, and sparked a new wave of civic engagement.

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Christmas for the Christmas-less

@ VOL 9 ON JUN 21, 2016

"Christmas is an important family holiday.... the party being prepared is for people who have no one to be with on Christmas Eve."

In Christmas for the Christmas-less from PechaKucha Night St. Augustine Vol. 9, Ilan Wolffberg spent over 40 years living in Denmark and shares with us an occasion that keeps him going back in a small commune inside Copenhagen called Christiania. He has been part of the Christmas celebration there for 15 years and continues to be rewarded by volunteering.

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@ VOL 10 ON FEB 25, 2016

Miikka Rintala is managing various projects at the skiing centre Tahko, the site for the first ever Winter ANTI Festival. In this presentation, Miikka shows us what makes Tahko the best skiing resort in Finland!

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Bob's Sleigh

@ VOL 142 ON DEC 14, 2016

"Bobsleighs can get up to speeds of 160 kilometers per hour, and going around one of the tight curves, can get up to 5G's just like in a fighter jet!"

PechaKucha co-founder and half of the dynamic duo that makes up Klein Dytham architecture, Mark Dytham delivers his annual holiday season presentation in 20x20 fashion. Past years' topics have included "Snowflake-ology", Un-average Sleighs, Ski-Jumps of the World, "Yuletide Shrubbery" (read: Christmas Trees) and more. This year at PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 142, he takes on "Bob's Sleigh" and the fascinating and little known world of bobsledding, elucidating on the sport's rich history, the technical intricacies of track and sleigh, and some of the sport's best stories. Question Mark: Who's Bob? (Hint: Watch and find out!)

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, December 16th, 2016.

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Making Minus Positive in a YEG Winter

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

Michele Perret is the Community Engagement Lead for Stantec and here she lays out a buffet of interesting ways to pull the scarf down from your eyes, look up from the snow-covered sidewalk, and see the possibilities in our coldest months.

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Using Snow to Build a Better City

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 16, 2017

“There’s an abundant resource that’s available to all winter cities, right below our feet, that could help us produce better, user-informed designs.”

Darren Proulx, Urban Planning Engineer with Slow Streets, explains how to start thinking about snow as less of a nuisance and more of a tool for cities— and how we can use it, literally, as a building block or even a guide to designing better public spaces.

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Ancestral Chorus: Harmony of Voice and Crystal

@ VOL 4 ON SEP 12, 2019

Sound healer, Suzie Lee, grew up singing harmony with her mother. Fast forward through musical theater camps, jazz choir, and a cappella groups, Suzie developed her vocal gift with crystal singing bowls. She describes this as "the single most relaxing and soothing sensation I had ever experienced...The first thought I had was that my ancestors were singing along with me."

Her presentation focuses on the theory of sound healing, the unique features of the crystal singing bowls, and a demonstration of her work in this field.