PechaKucha: 20 Images X 20 Seconds

Last week at Spacesmith and Davis Brody Bond, we celebrated the start of the Year of the Monkey and good fortune for all by hosting an event which included yummy pork buns and a PechaKucha style presentation. PechaKucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each. The format is fast paced, keeps presentations concise, interesting and is a great way for multiple speakers to present ideas in a visual manner. PechaKucha’s might have many different speakers but they usually revolve around a similar theme.

The theme for ours was Interesting Work Designed by a Chinese National(s), all participants were to send their images to Daisy Houang, a Davis Brody Bond architect, and be prepared to speak for 20 seconds about the image when it came up on the screen. There was a lot of good work shown and discussed. Below are a select few. Enjoy!

I.M Pei -  was well represented with three separate projects:

  • Christian Science Center, Boston, MA, completed 1973
  • City Hall, Dallas Texas, completed 1978, I.M. Pei was hired to design a modern City Hall and municipal center as part of the city’s plan to reinvent its image after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. 
  • Miho Museum, Shiga prefecture Japan completed 1996

Ho Fan - an award winning Chinese photographer, director and actor:

Ho Fan began photographing at a very young age. He was largely self-taught and would often develop his film in his family’s bathtub. His photos chronicle street life in Hong Kong in the 50's and 60's. Ho Fan's use of light and shadow, perspective and composition is particularly striking.

MAD Architects - China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin China:

Completed in 2013, the building’s exterior is covered in polished steel plates, surrounded by a residential area, its abstract and fluid shape seems out of place in its surroundings.

Wang Shu - Amateur Architecture Studio, Ningbo Historic Museum:

This museum was designed by the first Chinese citizen to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2012. The firm is known for their contextual attitude and use of local and salvaged building elements. The outer wall of the museum has millions of local tiles and is constructed in a manner that was common and economical in Ningbo’s past. This historic museum was completed 2008.

Li Xiaodong - Liyuan Library, Beijing:

The Liyuan Library was opened in 2012. The structure is a steel and glass box with an open plan interior. The roof and exterior walls are covered by local fruit tree branches and twigs.

We plan on hosting these PechaKucha’s more often. Maybe next time some of our blog followers should join us!  If you’re interested in attending events like these in our firm, just drop us a note in the comments section below or sign up to receive our blog straight to your inbox. We’ll make sure you get an invitation.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Ambar Margarida, Associate