On November 19th, former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan will be hosting his second public salon, featuring talks by an impressive range of speakers. I attended the first event and walked away inspired and even awed by the thoughts and achievements of the presenters. I’m taking 3D design at Emily Carr Wednesday evenings (which is very cool) but I urge everyone else to be there!
“I hope you will consider attending another season of Public Salons on November 9, February 8 and May 31,” Says Sam. “My goal is to present a cross-section of the most interesting people in Vancouver and the ideas and insights they have about our city. What is in store for November 9?”
“Judy Illes of the UBC Brain Research Center is an expert on how startling discoveries about the brain are forcing us to rethink ethical assumptions; Peter Klein, former Producer of 60 Minutes, is uncovering how the war on drugs is starving poor countries of medical morphine leaving sick people without pain relief; Dale MacKay is the winner of Top Chef Canada; Setty Pendakur helped develop the plans for False Creek and saved the Roundhouse and now serves as Advisor to China at the highest level; Harvard trained Dr. Shimi Kang is unraveling the tangle of concurrent disorders; John Korsrud founded the Hard Rubber Orchestra and will demonstrate how four trombones can explore emotions in astonishing ways; Shannen O’Brian is a young woman from Vancouver who has single-handedly provided education and hope to hundreds of young women in rural Ghana and Max Cameron who is bringing wisdom of the ancient philosophers to improve our modern society.”
“These people and more have agreed to present in seven minutes some of their most poignant insights into Vancouver and life itself. Please help spread the word!! Tickets are $20 but if you want to attend the pre-salon dinner/reception with the speakers then the full price is $90.”
Tomorrow and Tuesday (October 3 & 4) Rob Adams, the Director of City Design for Melbourne, will be hosting Creating Places for People – The Melbourne Experience. Rob is an award winning architect and urban designer, and shares his experience in helping Melbourne become one of the world’s most liveable cities. Vancouver is ranked high on liveability lists, but can still take lessons from some of the innovations in Melbourne’s design.
Tomorrow’s talk is 7 PM at SFU Surrey, and Tuesday’s talk is 7 PM at SFU Harbour Centre downtown. The talks are free, but reservation is required at www.sfu.ca/reserve.
You can find more information from the SFU City Program site here.
What single paradigm shift would have the greatest positive effect on the future development of our region? Join a cadre of prominent planners, designers, politicians, and developers, each with an answer to this question. Tomorrow, Monday October 3, UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) presents Shift, part of SALA’s Fall 2011 City Design Series.
The event will be hosted by David Beers, founding editor of TheTyee.ca, and the presenter list is exciting: Peter Cardew, Patrick Condon, Hadani Ditmars, Jane Durante, Marta Farevaag, Ian Gillespie, Dan Granier, Michael Green, Bruce Haden, Ken Lum, Jennifer Marshall, Cornelia Oberlander, Andrew Pask, Bill Pechet, Sam Sullivan, and Brent Toderian
The talk is at 6:30 PM at UBC Robson square, 800 Robson Street. More on the City Design lecture series from SALA here.
Western Canada’s largest interior design show has come to town, and I shouldered my way through the throngs of Vancouver’s beautiful people to give you a sneak peek of the goodies in store. Even three hours barely got me through the event, and I’ll need to return Saturday to bring you coverage of some of the most exciting exhibits that I’ve missed in my gallery below!
Some of the must-see exhibits include the Inform Interiors display, The Future Masters as well as the young designers area, The Re-Fab display of re-used sail material from Canada Place, the L41 200 sq. foot house by Michael Katz, the Molo soft shelter, and so so so much more.
Tomorrow is House & Home Day, presented by IKEA, and Sunday is Vancouver Sun Day, presented by General Paint. Tickets are only $15 for today and tomorrow, well worth it to see some stunning design collected under one roof. Check out IDSwest.com for all the details!