Every year the Merchandise Mart people put on Explore Design, an amazing show in Toronto to promote careers in design to high school students, with booths from design schools from across North America, great speakers and thousands of kids taking it all in. TreeHugger has been there from the start, organizing Design for the Greater Good, . "A series of seminars focusing on design with consciousness and on sustainable design." I have rounded up some usual TreeHugger subjects as speakers:
David Fujiwara designed the Now House, covered in The Net-Zero Energy Now House is Really Boring. He is described in the programme:
David Fujiwara is an architect and has had his own design firm since 1984. He has specialized in residential work, both renovation and new, and has successfully completed over 120 house projects. He combines his interests in construction and in design to produce practical, better buildings. In 2005 he received an Award of Excellence from the OAA for the design of 546 Richmond St. West - Sustainable Townhouse, a renovation and addition with sustainable deign principles. The Now House - Net Zero Energy Healthy House project, won a CMHC Equilibrium House competition in 2007, and when completed in 2009 also won a Green Toronto award.
Franke James has been the subject of a number of posts on TreeHugger, has been a contributor to Planet Green, and is the author of Bothered by My Green Conscience, reviewed in TreeHugger here.
Franke is an entertaining and persuasive advocate for the environment. Her lively presentations demonstrate her 'rare skill of presenting important abstract concepts with immediacy and relevance through her art.' She has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Franke lives in Toronto where her favorite mode of transportation is walking.
Lisa Rapoport of PLANT architect designed the Sliver of a Green Roof at the ROM in Toronto.
Lisa Rapoport has been an adjunct professor in design studios for twelve years, frequent visiting critic and invited lecturer on the work of PLANT across Canada and the USA. PLANT Architect's Toronto studio was founded in 1995 by Chris Pommer, Lisa Rapoport and Mary Tremain. It is an interdisciplinary firm that branches into the domains of architecture, landscape, ecology, furniture, art and graphic design. Synthesizing the insights and expertise of related disciplines, the practice responds to and embraces the increasing complexity of the world and the ambiguity of where landscape, built-form and design intersect.
TreeHugger is proud to have helped organize this, bringing sustainable design to Explore Design. More speakers tomorrow.