Described as a rapid-fire, creative show-and-tell, PechaKucha 20x20
returns to Tampa on Friday, April 30, at the
Armature building (the historic trolley barn in Tampa Heights) from
chak cha) is a Japanese word for "chit-chat." The event, which
2003 in Tokyo, was created by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham
. The goal is to provide a forum for
young designers to meet, network and quickly show their work to the
The "quick" part involves the format, which requires
presenters to show 20 images for 20 seconds. The reasoning is simple,
according to the website: "Because architects talk too much! Give a
microphone and some images to an architect - or most creative people for
that matter - and they'll go on forever! Give powerpoint to anyone else
and they have the same problem.''
was launched in Tampa in 2009 by organizer Kenneth Cowart, an architect
says the rapid-fire format makes it a bit less formal.
"Everyone has to be on their toes and it makes for awkward pauses and
moments that are generally filled with humor, and it keeps the
presentations lively and active."
The eight presenters at
PechaKucha Tampa Bay V5:
-- Alfred Goldberg, mobile technology
-- Mark Hebert, design anthropology
Hildebrandt, performance artist
-- Lauren Alyssa Howard, visual
-- L.A. Moore, photographer
-- Randy Van Duinen,
-- Brandon Wagner, creative stylist
-- Brian Willis,
The event will also be a fundraiser for Haiti
relief. Proceeds will go
to Architecture for Humanity 501(c) and will be used to build buildings.
Kenneth Cowart, ASD