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Fri 21 May 2010, 6:00pm

Where: Our City O-Tautahi, Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Tce, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Vanessa_PKN

PechaKucha Night Christchurch is excited to announce that the founders of PechaKucha Night, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham will be visiting Christchurch in May.

As well as attending PKN_CHCH_08 on Thursday 20 May, Astrid and Mark will present a public lecture; 'Klein Dytham architecture—Tokyo Tales' on Friday 21 May 2010, 6pm at Our City O-Tautahi, Corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Boulevard in Christchurch.

Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham are the directors of Klein Dytham architecture (KDa), one of Japan’s most exciting young design firms. They studied together at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 1989 travelled to Tokyo where they found work with Toyo Ito. Staying on in Japan, they established KDa and quickly gained recognition with a series of audacious and award-winning projects. Working freely across design disciplines including architecture, interiors, temporary constructions, furniture, installations and events, KDa’s output reflects the energy and freshness that Mark and Astrid find in Tokyo.

Mark and Astrid are frequent guests at international design events, and have taught at universities within Japan and beyond. In 2000 Mark was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to British design in Japan. In 2003 Mark and Astrid put together the first PechaKucha Night as a one-off event at their event space, SuperDeluxe. A series of entertaining rapid-fire presentations in which each presenter shows 20 images up each for just 20 seconds, the PechaKucha format is now running in over 280 cities globally—there is now a PechaKucha event somewhere in the world every single day.

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Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham’s visit to New Zealand is supported by The Warren Trust, NZIA Canterbury Branch and the University of Auckland.

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