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In 2015, Irish Architecture Foundation paired with Totally Dublin to present 4 PechaKucha Nights which took place in April, July, September and December loosely themed around the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham Architecture), Pecha Kucha Nights was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers and artists to meet, network, and show their work in public. The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented system for avoiding lengthy lectures. 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 simple format is a platform for artists, architects and designers to present their ideas to a diverse audience.
Our final edition ‘Winter’ took place on 2 December in the Sugar Club to an audience of 196.
The Locals was set up at the start of 2015. We want to uncover the people, places and things that make us proud of our city and tell their story.
Linda is the Chair of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin and Director of CONNECT – a national research centre focused on future networks and communications, co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and industry. Her research interests are in wireless communications, dynamic spectrum management, reconfigurable systems and creative arts practices.
Grainne Hassett is a practising architect and researcher. Grainne is the founder of Hassett Ducatez Architects and an academic at the School of architecture UL. The practice won the Downes Medal in 2009 and has exhibited and published widely.
Aiden Grennelle is a graphic designer living and working in Dublin. His career has been a colourful mix of experiences, a trainee hairdresser in early 80s Dublin, casual labourer in Dubai, to design college in Dundee, Scotland. He has been an art director, actor and theatre director, failed indie-band frontman, shoe designer and more recently creative director of one of Dublin well known design studios. He is now a part of WorkGroup, formerly Conor & David.
Ryan is an architect and lecturer. Originally from Chicago, he studied architecture at Cornell University and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2002, establishing his practice in 2007. He has taught and lectured widely and is currently a lecturer in the Thesis year at the Dublin School of Architecture at DIT.
Born on the wrong side of a DART station, Lorcan took a while to find his way into the city, but when he did he made straight for the port and a ferry to England. He spent a period of time a Europe’s most highly qualified truck driver, until a Finn called Teemu also got his PhD and a new Scania. He likes giving controversial talks, but has sometimes noted a bright red dot following him about on his forehead and wonders what that is.
Gregory Dunn has been working on personal photographic and film projects for a number of years documenting various aspects of Ireland with a particular interest in the unconsidered. Having successfully completed a course at Ballyfermot College of Further Education in Television Operations and Production he now works primarily in the field of documentary television.