Pecha Kucha is an lecture format gaining worldwide currency. Instead of being bored to death by the 120minute monologue of the architect as presenter, Pecha Kucha is multiple presenters showing just 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds. For the Nga Aho (a network of Maori design professionals) 2010 symposium, WHAT_architecture presented the ‘paint-by-numbers’ Hinemihi public workshop as a Pecha Kucha. That is one paint-by-number acrylic painting was transformed into a 20-colour Pecha Kucha palette: an polychromatic-aural presentation of 20 slides accompanied by 20 voice recordings!!
? Is architecture increasingly becoming a four-dimensional form of adverting: are we branding buildings or building brands? Is the true expression of architecture in the digital age the magazine or the building? Are buildings no longer built to last ‘forever’ but for ‘whatever’: for example, an architecture that lasts 1/60th of a second, equal to that of the shutter-exposure of the camera?
The Every Child Matters Lego façade design requiring the determination of: 1. brick length (1-10 stud) 2. brick width (1-2 stud) 3. brick colour 4. building function icons 5. a consented representation of Christ 6. Every Child Matters contributory designs 7. ventilation details 8. expansion joints 9. adjacent building interface details 10. Royal Mail postbox 11. the schools’ core values inscribed as a text wall