<h2>EXPO FOR DESIGN, INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY <BR>SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 8, 2017</h2>

EXPO FOR DESIGN, INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY
SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 8, 2017

THE OVERVIEW

EDIT is a 10-day biennial festival that explores how design, innovation and technology can address today’s global issues and envision a world where all people can prosper.

 

The festival aims to educate and engage visitors, and provide a platform of economic growth for the creative sectors by uniting designers, architects and other participants in new and exciting ways.

THE EXPERIENCE

On the fairgrounds, at 21 Don Roadway in Toronto’s Port Lands, a collection of pavilions will immerse visitors in four major themes: Shelter, Nourish, Care and Educate. Guest-curated by contemporary cultural leaders, these exhibitions will provide an “edit” of the most inspiring design, innovation and technology solutions to real-world problems: adequate housing, nutrition, healthcare, and education for all. The festival will also feature playgrounds, forums, interactive installations, cultural programming — and a fully realized digital platform — that will make every visitor an active participant in this pivotal conversation on prosperity for all.

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THE CURATOR

A world-renowned visionary, innovator, designer and author, Bruce Mau is the cofounder of the Massive Change Network. For over 25 years, he has collaborated with leading cultural institutions, innovative companies, ambitious nations, and paradigm-shifting architects and artists – among them MoMA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Coca-Cola, Denmark, Frank Gehry and Claes Oldenburg.

For Bruce Mau, design allows us to envision a bold future and achieve that vision. In founding the Institute Without Boundaries at George Brown College in Toronto, Mau empowered his students to ask how design can make the world a better place. Massive Change, their unprecedented exhibition and book, changed the discourse around design when it launched in 2004.

Mau’s other influential books include LifeStyle and S,M,L,XL (in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas), the iconic ZONE BOOKS series, and the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. Throughout his career, and in his ongoing Massive Change Network, Mau has developed purposeful projects to effect positive change in fields as diverse as education, health and security. In 2016, the Cooper Hewitt honoured Bruce Mau with the Design Mind Award.

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THE THEME

The theme of EDIT 2017 is Prosperity for All. This inaugural edition will reflect the major tenets set out in the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The expo will show how design, innovation and technology can seek solutions that benefit all of society, and the environment, under the major thematic areas Shelter, Nourish, Care and Educate.

KEY UN GOALS

Nourish

End hunger, achieve food
security and improved
nutrition and promote
sustainable agriculture.

Shelter

Make cities inclusive, safe,
resilient and sustainable.

Educate

Ensure inclusive and
quality education for all and
promote lifelong learning.

Care

Ensure healthy lives
and promote well-being
for all at all ages.

— CURATED BY —


Jamie Oliver Foundation

— CURATED BY —


Carlo Ratti,

MIT Senseable City Lab

— CURATED BY —


Kentaro Toyama,

University of Michigan
School of Information;
author of Geek Heresy

— CURATED BY —


Julielynn Wong,

3D4MD,
Harvard University;
Former NASA Engineer

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UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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UN GLOBAL GOALS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

With the three overarching goals of education, engagement and growth, the inaugural edition of EDIT will be curated to reflect the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, established in 2015. In 2017, EDIT: Prosperity for All will present innovative answers from the worlds of design and technology to such critical questions as: How can we give all people access to adequate housing, quality healthcare and wellbeing, equitable education and sustainable networks of food and water? How can we eradicate poverty and hunger, and build resilient cities and communities? Curated by contemporary cultural icons, the expo and festival will reflect the interplay of creative disciplines — design, architecture and technology — through a mix of features, from immersive pavilions and interactive installations to educational programming and a marketplace of emerging products. It will provide a platform for Canada to demonstrate the significant expertise and know-how among our creative economy and diverse communities. Aiming to draw a general audience of 100,000 visitors, EDIT will speak to the most current and relevant issues of the design professions. It will appeal to all Canadians, as well as visitors from all over the world, to experience the potential of design in shaping our future for the better — in the city of Toronto, the de facto centre of finance and development in Canada.

PROSPERITY FOR ALL

In the past decade, we have seen the exciting results of interdisciplinary design, where designers, engineers and social scientists join together to make our everyday lives better, from ergonomic furniture to health-tracking gadgets; or solve infrastructural problems, at the environmental, health, and social levels. EDIT is an international event with global impact, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It seamlessly integrates culture and commerce in an internationally unprecedented event. Think: CES meets TED meets Venice Biennale. Launching in 2017, EDIT is a legacy project that will commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial — and promote the country’s creative sector in every edition thereafter.”

WHEN IS IT

EDIT will take place September 28 to October 8, 2017. This inaugural edition is timed to coincide with Canada’s sesquicentennial, and marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Expo 67 and the 30th anniversary of Design Exchange. It takes place as Toronto emerges as a hotbed for innovation, and an infusion of public and private investment is earmarked for infrastructure, culture and technology.

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WHERE IS IT

The expo site is 21 Don Roadway, in the Port Lands. A Toronto industrial landmark, this former detergent factory is a raw space that will allow participants to create unique installations. It is the ultimate stage for a festival of awe-inspiring architecture and design exhibits, interactive experiences and inspiring symposia.

MEET THE TEAM

DX BOARD

Christopher Wein, Chair

President, Great Gulf

Krystal Koo, Vice Chair

VP Sales and Marketing, DREAM

Peter Clewes

Principal, Architects Alliance

J Urban Joseph

Retired, TD Bank

Dave Marcus

President + CEO, Aya Kitchens

Tim Gilbert

Partner, Gilberts LLP

Lorne Gertner

CEO, Hill & Gertner Capital

Corporation

Stephan Weishaupt

President, Avenue Road

George Georghadis

President, Lexington Park Real

Estate Capital

Diego Burdi

Principal, Burdi Filek

Raymond Girard

President, Content, Spafax Publishing

Michael LaFave

Co-owner, Contempo Media

Siamak Hariri

Principal, Hariri Pontarini

Tony Cohen

Founder + CEO, Global Edge Investments

Dragana Maznic

Great Gulf

Janet Rosenberg

Principal, Janet Rosenberg Landscape Architects

Art Mandalas

President & Creative Director, Community Agency

EX OFFICIO:

Linda Lewis

Morton Rapp

CITY COUNCILLORS:

Mary Fragedakis

Mary-Margaret McMahon

SEED FUNDERS:

Great Gulf

Daniels Development

Mantella Corporation

Lexington Park

The Grand Family

EDIT MANAGEMENT

PROJECT LEAD:

Shauna Levy
President + CEO, Design Exchange
(Founder, Interior Design Show/ IDS)

TEAM:

Paddy Harrington

Founder, Frontier Co.

Joe Sellors

Vice-President, Director of Operations

Laura Levy

Director of Development

Elizabeth Pagliacolo

Director of Programming

Mo Ghoneim

Director of Marketing + Communications

 

COMMITTEE

Josh Bloom

Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Dr. Joe Cafazzo

Centre Lead, Human Factors

Dr. Sara Diamond

President, OCAD University

Fabricio Dolan

Head of Marketing, Google Canada

Heather Dubbeldam

Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Zahra Ebrahim

Client Leadership, Doblin

Dr. Irwin Eydelnant

Principal + Creative/Scientific Director, Future Food Studio

Siamak Hariri

Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

Paddy Harrington

Founder, Frontier Co.

Alexander Josephson

Co-Founder, Partisans

Jennifer Keesmaat

Chief Planner and Executive Director, City of Toronto

Iain Klugman

CEO, Communitech

Joshna Maharaj

Chef and Nutrition Activist

Dragana Maznic

Director of Design, Great Gulf

Dale Morgan

Founder, Astound Group

Janet Rosenberg

Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio

Gary Schwartz

CEO, Impact Mobile

Abdullah Snobar

Executive Director, The DMZ at Ryerson University

Salim Teja

Executive Vice-President, Ventures at MaRS Discovery District

PARTNERSHIPS

EDIT will offer a range of possibilities for various levels of engagement with partner brands. Brands can collaborate with key curators to develop experiences that support the expo’s main themes.

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