Past Toronto Event: VOL 26

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VOL 26

September 27, 2013
@ Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

PechaKucha Night Toronto is excited to be partnering with IIDEX 2013!

The theme for PechaKucha IIDEX is get better!  Get better can mean: improve society, be healthier, do more, inspire deeper action and much more!

NOTE: In order to attend PechaKucha IIDEX for free you must register for IIDEX before September 12, 2013 here.

Stay tuned for presenters announcement. 

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The Challenges of Mid-Rise Construction

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Roland Rom Colthoff of RAW design explains the opportunities and challeges of new mid-rise construction in Toronto. Mid-rise construction is an investment by purchasers in not only a condo, but also a neighborhood. This affirmation of the importance of the street and urban environment as a place to live, shop, and work has led to the design of unusually shaped and unique interior environments and exceptionally generous outdoor spaces.   

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The Power of Observation

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Bob Hambly examines the topic of observation – how we've become visually complacent, how we are manipulated to see certain things, how important it is to have good observational skills, and how we can go about improving them. This is something we can all get better at. And the better we get at observing, the better we will get at generating creative ideas.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 23, 2014.

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Inclusive Design

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Amy Pothier and Jesse Klimitz of Quadrangle Architects want to inspire action in all designers to “Get Better” by designing fully inclusive and accommodating spaces for everyone, regardless of age or ability, to enjoy and experience. Accessible design does not need to be clinical and ugly when accommodating the 1 in 7 persons in Canada that live with some form of a visible or non-visible disability.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 14, 2014.

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Get Better...Spaces

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Started in 2011 as a group of motivated interns and landscape architects, Sprout’s mandate is to engage local groups in re-imagining their open spaces. Victoria Bell explains that Sprout aims to facilitate community involvement, empower local stakeholders, and create useful dialogue with local landowners, city staff, and councilors, resulting in the improvement of neglected or under-used spaces within our urban fabric. 

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Virtual vs. Habitable Space

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Viviana De Loera challenges architects, builders, and designers to compare the virtual “templates” designed by for-profit companies like Google and Facebook to the frenzied condo living, boxed dwellings, and office spaces we exist in every day. What are we teaching the “template generation” in both their virtual and habitable spaces?

"Presentation of the Day" on January 28, 2014.

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Focusing Light on Sleep: The New Frontier in Workplace Design

@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Deborah Burnett discusses how the architectural lighting and interior design of where you spend your days impacts how well you sleep at night, which in turn dramatically impacts your health, productivity, disease formation and sex drive. Who knew lightbulbs and finish selections could do so much?


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@ VOL 26 ON SEP 27, 2013

Alexander Josephson of PARTISANS speaks on the importance of liberty in an age wherein "Celebrity" (meaning an individual's imprisonment to the idea of fame alone) is such a strong force in our society, for good or bad. He has coined the word "Celiberty" as a concept that attempts to strike a healthy balance between hollow self-promotion and a legitimate creative struggle to do politically relevant work at its highest calibre.

Roland Rom Colthoff
Architect, RAW in Toronto
Victoria Bell
Landscape & Urban Designer in Toronto
Bob Hambly
Creative Director, Hambly & Woolley in Toronto
Viviana De Loera
Social Media architect/Designer, C2MTL in Montreal
Amy Pothier
Accessibility Specialist, Quadrangle Architects Limited in Toronto
Deborah Burnett
Circadian researcher and architectural designer , Benya Burnett Consultancy in Davis
Alexander Josephson
Co-Founder, PARTISANS in toronto