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PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. But as we all know, give a microphone to a designer (especially an architect) and you'll be trapped for hours. The key to PechaKucha Night is its patented system for avoiding this fate. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each – giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. PechaKucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global – as PechaKucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 650 cities across the world.

PechaKucha Night Frankfurt is organised by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), always in changing locations, since 2006. The first events took place in a private club (Pure Basement) or at the Festhalle Frankfurt (The Design Annual), inside the courtyard of a former police custody) or in empty clubs. Subsequently the DAM organized travelling PKNs – to Sao Paulo for the VII. Architecture Biennal or to Darmstadt for the 1st Architektursommer and for all Sichten exhibitions at Centralstation. During the light festival Luminale the first PKN was held in the DAM itself). Further locations were the Palmengarten, the Weissfrauen Diakoniekirche, the Frankfurt Bookfair and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MA*, the MainTor Terrace, the Offenbach Town Hall, the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the Lichter Filmfestival and even the Mannheim Trafowerk, on the occasion of the 7th Bundeskongress Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik, the Ölhalle in Offenbach and the Deutsche Ensemble Akademie, the Hochschule Mainz and the Zukunftspavillon Frankfurt.

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