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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.
The second event on 22 July 2015 titled ‘Summer’ to place in the Sugar Club to an audience of 203.
Anne Bedos is the founder and manager of Rothar. Rothar uses bikes to tackle environmental, social & economic challenges in Dublin. It creates local solutions to global issues through the promotion of sustainable urban transport with cycling. The creation of employment and training opportunities for marginalised individuals is central to the enterprise.
Seán Harrington is an architect based in Dublin, has lived in Edinburgh and London and grew up in Berlin. Seán has a keen interest in the design, use, care and democratisation of public space, which can been seen in his projects including the giant umbrellas in Meeting House Square, the Millennium and Rosie Hackett Bridges and the open air pallet-amphitheatre in Granby Park.
Esther Gerrard is a Landscape Architect, Festival Curator and project manager in Construction and Healthcare reform. I’m fascinated about liveability in cities and our use and greening of public spaces and my work is inspired by my passionate belief that cities are dynamic, spontaneous and great places and that they can provide for the multitude of needs and possibilities which we explore in the Bloomfringe festival.
Manchán Magan is a writer and documentary-maker. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels.
He writes occasionally for The Irish Times, reports weekly on travel for The Right Hook, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture for TG4, RTÉ & Travel Channel. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in the bogs of Ireland. www.manchan.com
Inspired by Nature, Craft and Tradition, Kieran (Photographer) and Gearóid (Architect), The Dublin Honey Projects aim is through working with Native Irish Black Bees to produce Raw Honey from each of the postcodes of the city in addition to showing the range of flavours available from our city and suburbs.
Independent curators Rosie Lynch and Hollie Kearns are based at Callan Workhouse Union, Co. Kilkenny where along with curator Etaoin Holahan and others they are involved in transforming a semi-derelict wing of Callan Workhouse into a shared space for art, design, research and community facilities and activity. For the last two years they have been working with Camphill Community Callan on Nimble Spaces, an innovative housing project developing long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Other recent curatorial projects further afield include Time Machine, a research event exploring temporality as part of Im/Plants residency at National Sculpture Factory, Cork and The Pattern Exchange a group show at TBG+S, Dublin.
Douglas Carson is co-founder of Carson and Crushell Architects with Rosaleen Crushell. They design landscapes, buildings, interiors and furniture and also teach and write about the built environment.
Emmet Condon is Creative Director of Homebeat – a music promotion and production outfit with a particular interest in non traditional spaces. He also produces the Fading Light, Another Love Story and Hollow Sounds festivals. When not drinking tea, he can sometimes be spotted playing records to people in bars and clubs with the heartfelt aim of making them dance and smile.
Sam Tranum is a Dublin-based writer and editor. He’s the author of the travel memoir Daily Life in Turkmenbashy’s Golden Age, which is recommended in the Lonely Planet guide to Central Asia, and has published articles about his time in Mexico, Zanzibar, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and India. He is an editor at Liberties Press, and a volunteer at the weekly online newspaper Dublin Inquirer.