Coffins, Committees and Chit Chat

 Another building starting on site:

This is a scheme for a funeral directors premises in the Wirksworth Conservation area. The scheme was designed around the turning circle of a hearse and the need for a shop front presence alongside privacy for the chapel of rest. Works to prepare the site for construction started this week, observed by an archaeologist from the University of Nottingham.

We were also very pleased that the new house in Derbyshire featured on the blog on 10th February was unanimously granted conditional planning approval at the Amber Valley Planning Committee meeting on Monday. We were prepared for a bit of a debate, but approval was granted in minutes.

On Thursday some of us went to Derby's first Pecha Kucha night. Pecha Kucha is the Japanese term for "chit chat". The evenings involve a series of presentations by a variety of people, each with 20 images and 20 seconds to talk about each image. The Pecha Kucha nights were started by an architects firm in Tokyo, and not-for-profit events now take place in nearly 400 cities worldwide.

It was a really interesting evening with a wide range of speakers. We thought Liam Sharpe's presentation about the history of fantasy art was great, and really liked Helen Gallimore's Get Sneaky project.

We'll be looking out for more of these evenings nearby, and may even pluck up the courage to present one sometime! And if you're wondering how to pronounce Pecha Kucha :