Pecha Kucha is a free and informal event of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.

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The 20x20x20 rule: Up to 20 presenters will be able to project 20 slides each of their choosing. Each slide will be projected for 20 seconds. Presenters speak and show images of any work or topic of their choosing.

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From left to right: Abigail Cooke, Emma Cooke, and Martha Read: December 16th, 2007 (photo: P Fuentenebro)

Martha Read, a British architect and recently elected board-member of the LA Forum that hosts Pecha Kucha, presented an elegant competition entry for the Freshkills landfill. She proposed a landscape that is both functional — the plantings would serve as part of the site remediation effort — as well as poetically legible.Using plants that luminesce according to the toxins in the landfill, Martha imagined nighttime spectacles filled with colors that map the subterranean composition of her park, which, once remediated, becomes a lucrative wheatgrass farm for New York City.

On her birthday, American geographer Abigail Cooke presented to the Pecha Kucha audience a story of her family and from whence they came. Delivering an eloquent meta-narrative on family stories, family myths, and even some family skeletons, she tied these tales to varying landscapes: a wild modernity in the early 20th century Scottish countryside, a missionary stint in Hawaii, her own time growing up in New Hampshire, and most recently her move to LA with sister Emma. One of the old photos depicting her grandmother among siblings in the old country took the meta-narrative to another level. The photo also depicted Martha Read’s grandmother; the two grandmothers were sisters, marking Martha as a cousin of Abigail and Emma. They each knew of the other’s existence, and even knew they might all be in LA together, but it was only on this evening that the cousins met for the first time.