The Pecha Kucha format is simple, clean and fluid: A series of speakers present 20 images for 20 seconds each.

The Pecha Kucha format is simple, clean and fluid: A series of speakers present 20 images for 20 seconds each.

Why? As the official site explains, "Because architects talk too much! Give a microphone and some images to an architect - or most creative people for that matter - and they'll go on forever!"

Since the tradition began seven years ago in Tokyo as a way for architects to network and showcase their creations, Pecha Kucha has exploded into a multifaceted worldwide craze, with events in 330 cities and an unlimited variety of presenters. No matter your age, interests or aptitude, you can contribute something unique to Pecha Kucha.

A group of Columbus creative types has been hosting quarterly Pecha Kucha nights since 2007. The 14th edition - and this year's only outdoor installment - tips off Thursday at Junctionview Studios.

After a half-hour set from endlessly inventive electronic Band to Watch Shin Tower Music, a dozen diverse Columbus minds will present.

The agenda includes architects Beth Blostein and Bart Overly, Charles Erickson with the Small Business Beanstalk, Walker Evans with themetropreneur.com, artist/educator Sarah Grosh, visual artist John Humphries, meditation expert Daron Larson, purse designer Mara Marcom, Eric Ralph with yourmilton.com, cartoonist Talcott Starr, Nick Wolak with the Thompson Football Club and photographer Rainer Ziehm, whose images (pictured) will tackle the theme of "youth."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Pattycake Vegan Bakery, Rad Dog and the Japanese crepe cart will be on hand to provide food. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, a beverage of their choice and a $2 suggested donation.