Vancouver Design Week [Sept 15 – 28]

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Vancouver Design Week is a 14-day-long collection of events and programming to explore the unique design ecosystem of our city. Join the conversation. Learn and share. Show up and help shape Vancouver's design future.

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Event Schedule
Week 1
/ Sept 15th - 21st

Mon, Sept 15

2 Events [+-]

1. VANCOUVER URBAN DESIGN AWARDS

5:00 PM at Vancouver City Hall

Invite only

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[Award] This inaugural event recognizes and celebrates excellence in architecture and urban design in Vancouver.

2. SALA EXHIBIT - CONCEPTUALIZING THE TECHNICAL

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at AIBC Gallery

Free

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[Exhibit] Studio work produced in a collaboration between the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Projects explore the concept of "Research Centre" development in one of four institutional variants: centre, museum, archive, or memorial.

Tue, Sept 16

5 Events [+-]

1. P4A (PARTY FOR ARCHITECTS) PRESENTS BARBARA BESTOR & COAST MODERN

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM at Vancouver Special

SOLD OUT

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[Talk] LECTURE /PARTY / DJ / BEER. P4A aims to provide an ongoing forum for Vancouver's architects + designers to get together. This special edition P4A for Vancouver Design Week will be bigger and better than ever.

2. BRITEWEB WORKSHOP - DESIGN-THINKING YOUR NEXT BIG IDEA

6:30 PM at Briteweb

SOLD OUT

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[Workshop] How do you create a product, service or solution that is innovative, and that everyone wants? The most creative and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders use design thinking. Taught by Marica Rizzo and Alexis Young, the workshop will also feature local experts to help you craft your solutions.

3. TELLING VANCOUVER'S DESIGN STORY

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Spring.is Event Hall

SOLD OUT

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[Workshop] This roundtable is a discussion between designers of all kinds to build a design story for Vancouver. What kind of design community do you want to work in?

4. CAG - JAMES LANGDON A SCHOOL FOR DESIGN FICTION

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Contemporary Art Gallery

[Course] The CAG is working with James Langdon to offer a three day workshop exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.

5. RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: THE NEW GENERATION

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Harbour Centre

Free

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[Talk] Dr. Markus Moos of the University of Waterloo will speak about Millennials' values, preferences and priorities. Their attitudes could affect your work, commute, home and community — now and in the future.

Wed, Sept 17

6 Events [+-]

1. RAIC - ARCHITECTURE FOR BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM at DIALOG

Free

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[Talk] A new monthly forum for practitioners to come together for candid conversations about practice (/praxis) - from the pragmatic to the inspirational. Speakers: Darryl Condon from HCMA, Michael Green of MGA, and a possible third perspective from Perkins+Will (tbc).

2. ARCHITECTS' BLOCK PARTY @ HCMA

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Hughes Condon Marler Arch

With social sustainability in mind, HCMA threw their first Architects' Block Party in 2013 to strengthen connections + build community in the industry. By inviting others to play in their sand box, they hope to break down real and perceived barriers to community building. Now they're opening their doors to fellow creatives as part of VDW. Join our rooftop patio party overlooking Granville Island to see where the connections lie.

3. CAG - JAMES LANGDON A SCHOOL FOR DESIGN FICTION

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Contemporary Art Gallery

[Course] The CAG is working with James Langdon to offer a three day workshop exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.

4. NERD JAM: THE CULTURE OF TRANSFORMATION - PART I

6:00 PM at The Hive

[Jam] JAM I / IDEA CHARRETTE + PROTOTYPE-MAKING: Part 1 of a two-phase Jam about how small interactive urban intervention designs can change our lives. The primary focus will be the endangerment of Vancouver's cultural spaces for creatives, and works that respond to the need for showcasing and sustaining spaces that provide us with content that can transform our lives.

5. RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: FUTURE LIVABILITY - BOAST OR BUST?

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Free

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[Talk] Gil Penalosa will speak to the question of whether Metro Vancouver maintain its "Livability Credibility" for the next 30 years.

6. DESIGN THE BEST VERSION OF YOUR BUSINESS

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at VFS - 88 E Pender St.

$20-35

Attend

[Talk] Join, Rob Leadley of Measure Co. and Rachel & Travis Gertz from Louder Than Ten in a session discovering what works for a happy business and happy life.

Thu, Sept 18

4 Events [+-]

1. FROM RATIONING TO RAVISHING

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Museum of Vancouver

[Exhibit] From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. Runs every day through the rest of VDW.

2. CASCADIA: THEN AND NOW

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Perkins+Will Canada Architects

[Talk] Join us for our September Social, a free event for socializing and hearing about our upcoming schedule and changes to the International Living Futures Institute.

3. PECHA KUCHA NIGHT / Vol 34 - SPECIAL VDW EDITION

6:30 PM at VOGUE THEATRE

SOLD OUT

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[Talk] Since Pecha Kucha is part of the first annual Vancouver Design Week, we are assembling a diverse roster of local designers to speak about their experiences, philosophies, inspirations, stories or anything else that is in their head.

4. CAG - JAMES LANGDON A SCHOOL FOR DESIGN FICTION

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Contemporary Art Gallery

[Course] The CAG is working with James Langdon to offer a three day workshop exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.

Fri, Sept 19

6 Events [+-]

1. CREATIVE MORNINGS/VANCOUVER - SPECIAL VDW EDITION

8:30 PM - 10:00 AM at SFU Woodward's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

[Talk] What role does process have in creative endeavours? How does creativity inform process? A thought-provoking look at the common threads that tie together works such as Union Gospel, Bridge, Ought Apartment, The Western Front, and Good Bye Work. To follow with audience discussion about architecture and civic space.

2. THNK - A JOURNEY INTO STORYTELLING

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at World Art Centre In SFU Woodwards

$185

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[Workshop] Join corporate leaders and visionaries in a day-long session to uncover storytelling techniques that harness your passion and purpose. Make new connections to the leaders in the community, practice innovation tactics, and walk away with the story you've been trying to tell.

3. Whitespace Workshop Innovation Challenge

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at lululemon athletica

Invite Only

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[Workshop] This cross-disciplinary Innovation Challenge is a forum for innovation, collaboration and inspiration. Part design challenge and part social experiment, this unique workshop will mix designers, design-thinkers and armchair innovators to explore the interaction of design methodologies employed across disciplines.

4. A POP-UP AFFAIR PRESENTS PEEP SHOW

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM at MakerLabs

[Exhibit] Peep Show is the inaugural event for a collective of designers and makers promoting new design and creative conversations. Through the concept of ‘Transparency’, we bring education, design rationale, and the creative process to the surface as a way to question and provoke the current modes of consumption. Peep Show will feature work created by the collective members and other creatives in the community.

5. MOV - WHY I DESIGN

8:00 PM - 11:30 PM at Museum of Vancouver

$16

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[Talk] Join 30+ designers for conversations about their work, and why they choose to do what they do in Vancouver. Why I Design aims the spotlight on the process of invention. Ask designers how they do what they do, and why Vancouver inspires them to keep doing it.

6. VANCOUVER IS AWESOME - MAKER SERIES OPENING NIGHT

7:00 PM at MakerLabs

[Exhibit] Maker Series is partnering with MakerLabs, a local makerspace, to feature the design processes of several local designers, makers and artists. The exhibition is happening alongside A Pop Up Affair Presents: Peep Show. Join us for this exciting social event, get a first look at the exhibit and meet Vancouver's designers and makers.

Sat, Sept 20

34 Events & Open Studios [+-]

1. EVOKE INTERNATIONAL DESIGN + MAIN STREET BREWING

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at Main Street Brewing

[Sampling] Join Evoke International Design Principals; David Nicolay and Robert Edmonds and MSB Owner, Nigel Pike @ Main Street Brewery to converse about collaboration, branding and multidisciplinary design while sampling one or 3 of MSB's libations.

2. AIBC ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR OF GASTOWN

10:00 AM at AIBC - 100-440 Cambie St.

[Tour] Take a stroll down Water Street and follow in the footsteps of pioneers, loggers, gold diggers, merchants and crooks. Hear the whistle of the famous Gastown Steam Clock and take a walk through Blood Alley. Learn how Vancouver has preserved the most historic part of our city, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations.

3. VANCOUVER IS AWESOME - MAKER SERIES WORKSHOP EVENT

7:00 PM at MakerLabs

$25

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[Workshop] In this workshop, you'll learn how digital fabrication tools like laser cutters and 3D printers work together to make almost anything. We'll create a collaborative geometric sculpture inspired by George Hart. Workshop participants will also get a tour of MakerLabs and a personalized laser cut memento.

4. Urban Arts Architecture

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 401-134 Abbott Street

[Open Studio] Architecture office, in process work - will have wine and munchies. Buzz for entry.

5. Perkins+Will

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 1220 Homer St.

[Open Studio] A candy factory in its former life, the building now houses our studio, where we specialize in architectural, interior, urban, and industrial design. We’re driven by sustainability, innovation, and design excellence. The tour of our space will include some history, some info about our office today, and a glimpse of our design practice. Light refreshments will be served.

6. BOCCI

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 500-1706 West 1st Ave

[Open Studio] Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing studio specializing in high end lighting, furniture, and electrical components. We will be opening our doors for light refreshments, studio tours, and glass blowing demonstrations. Take elevator to 5th floor.

7. Signals Design

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 143 West 3rd Ave

[Open Studio] Demonstration of recent Signals Design, Illustration and Interactive projects. We will have copies of the Signals-designed Wayward Arts magazine issue to give away.

8. Propellor Design

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 1120 East Georgia Street

[Open Studio] A multi-disciplinary studio with a wide array of projects on the go. Members of our team will be getting their hands dirty working on the final stages of a sculpture project. Visitors will get a tour of the studio, a glimpse into our process, and a refreshment or two for their trouble.

9. ByNature

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 490-1000 Parker St

[Open Studio] We'll explain of how nature is the new trend in interior design, accompanied by the presentation of the many cool and surprising forms it can take. 4th floor in 1000 Parker, call 604-418-9217 for access.

10. Campos Leckie Studio

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 1395 Odlum Drive

[Open Studio] Campos Leckie Studio

11. Burnkit

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 784 Powell Street

[Open Studio] Burnkit is a design agency. Come see our studio, work and process in action. Plus we'll have a few beers in the fridge. Buzz for entry.

12. RUFproject

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Unit 260-49 Dunlevy Avenue

[Open Studio] Special VDW pre launch and sneak peak at Vancouver's next big thing in condo living. Buzz 260 for entry.

13. Bruce Carscadden Architect Inc.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 715 East Hastings Street

[Open Studio] Short studio tour and discussion of recent work. Q&A to follow.

14. Denim & Steel Interactive

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 7 East 7th Ave

[Open Studio] We'll show people our space and talk about the importance of diversity and place in the city for doing digital work. We're on the corner of Ontario and 7th.

15. Space2place Design

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 200-291 E 2nd Ave

[Open Studio] We are a Landscape Architecture studio with a focus on the design of public space. We'll have examples of our project work and drawings to view, as well as model building activities for children to design their own playground.

16. Nick Milkovich Architects + Hapa Collaborative

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 303-375 W 5th Ave

[Open Studio] Nick Milkovich Architects Inc. offers professional services in architecture and interior design. Hapa Collaborative offers professional services in landscape architecture and urban design. Architectural models and drawings will be on display, and visitors can see actual working spaces and collaborative areas of both firms. Refreshments provided. Buzz 3303 for entry.

17. OpenRoad Communications

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 210-12 Water St

[Open Studio] OpenRoad is a web design and development consultancy working across physical and digital spaces to create connected, user-centred experiences for global brands and organizations. Meet members of our strategy, UX, creative, and development teams, and enjoy catering from the amazing Winner Winner (yes, it's chicken dinner) as well as a selection of local beers and wines.Enter from courtyard; buzz 210 for entry.

18. DISH Denim

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 100-399 Railway St

[Open Studio] Sample Sale with non alcoholic drinks provided, live fitness demos in our jeans to show the performance of denim!

19. OOCO Design

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 729 Gore Avenue, 2nd Floor

[Open Studio] OOCO is a collaborative design studio and brand. We develop products and experiences across multiple disciplines, and will be exhibiting our works as well as other OOCOllaborators while meeting our fellow Vancouverites. Product and film premier with campaign launch to follow exhibition. Right next door to The Pie Shoppe, enter via the double doors on Gore avenue, first door on the right upstairs.

20. Shrapnel Design

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 936 Clark Drive

[Open Studio] Shrapnel Design specializes in presentation design and high quality, small run custom manufacturing.

21. Patkau Architects

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 1564 West 6th Avenue

[Open Studio] We're an architecture and design research studio focusing on cultural, educational, and residential projects. Our current and past work will be on display.

22. Aloe Designs Studio

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 1443 E Pender St

[Open Studio] Aloe Designs is a Vancouver landscape design group that creates fresh outdoor living spaces—cultivating sustainable communities one patio, balcony, backyard, rooftop, and container garden at a time. Come check out our unique space and learn more about our process, practice, and perspectives. Plus well have a few beers on ice!

23. PFS Studio

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 1777 West 3rd Avenue

[Open Studio] PFS Studio is an urban design, planning, and landscape architecture firm. Recent public open space projects will be displayed in physical models and slideshows with brief presentations by the designers. Snacks, too.

24. MakerLabs

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 196 Kingsway

[Open Studio] Various possible activities and exhibits: 3D Printing Workshop, building a giant Jenga set, and laser cutting custom pendants.

25. Pound & Grain

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 326 West Cordova Street

[Open Studio] WE ARE AN ORIGINAL AND FEARLESS DIGITAL CREATIVE AGENCY THAT HAS BEEN BUILDING HARDWORKING CREATIVE AND TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS SINCE 2010. BUZZ FOR ENTRY.

26. D'Arcy Jones Architecture

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 304-175 East Broadway

[Open Studio] DJA is a small design studio focused on highly-detailed contemporary projects. Visit our new space to see working models and drawings of past and current projects. Refreshments will be served.

27. Michael Green Architecture

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at 63 East Cordova

[Open Studio] MGA’s work focuses on meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in building sciences and design. With projects around the world and a team of 25 designers and architects, we are vested in helping build healthier communities through architecture, interiors, landscape, and urban design.

28. Make Creative

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 257 East 7th Ave

[Open Studio] Make Creative has a 1000 square-foot gallery at the front of our studio. We'll be hosting Vancouver Biennale artist collective, File de Peixe.

29. MODERN HOME TOURS

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Various Locations

$30

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[Tours] Vancouver's most creative homeowners, architects, builders and designers open their doors for the first Vancouver Modern Home Tour.

30. GARDEN DIALOGUES

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Various Locations

Multiple

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[Tours] The Cultural Landscape Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver Landscape Collective, brings a unique opportunity to experience beautiful exclusive works by Cornelia Oberlander, Paul Sangha and Hapa Collaborative.

31. PLAYHOUSE

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio

SOLD OUT

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[Workshop] A contemporary design inspired workshop for kids + parents to design, build and customize a space all in one sitting. Join us in a workshop that draws directly from MAAStudio's design and Collage Collage lesson plans to make a dream space that only you + your child could imagine.

32. NERD JAM: THE CULTURE OF TRANSFORMATION - PART II

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at Railway St at Princess AVe

Free

RSVP

[Workshop] JAM 2 / PRODUCTION + INSTALL - Part two of a two-phase Jam about how small interactive urban intervention designs can change our lives.

33. VDW BLOCK PARTY / HAWKERS MARKET -SPECIAL VDW EDTION

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Railway Street between Dunlevy & Jackosn

[Party] VDW in collaboration with Hawkers Market re-designs the "block party". Take your taste buds for a walk as you continue along your VDW Open Studio and Sampling adventure.

34. VANCOUVER DESIGN BUREAU: WINE & DESIGN

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Espiritu Design Studio at the Chinatown Mall

[Party] Join us for a casual evening social hosted at Espiritu Design Studio with refreshments to celebrate VDW! The event is an opportunity to share in creative conversation; perhaps you’ll find your next collaboration!

Sun, Sept 21

4 Events [+-]

1. SALA PROJECTS 2014

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at SALA UBC

[Exhibit] An exhibition of student work from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

2. OPEN BUILDINGS (VDW SIGNATURE EVENT)

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at UBC Student Union Building

$15-30

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[Tour] A walking tour of leading architecture at University of British Columbia. In partnership with the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and six prominent Vancouver architecture and design firms, this tour explores several notable arts, sciences, and sport facilities. A designer from each firm will be speaking about the design process, goals, and challenges of the site.

3. GARDEN DIALOGUES

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Various Locations

Multiple

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[Tours] The Cultural Landscape Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver Landscape Collective, brings a unique opportunity to experience beautiful exclusive works by Cornelia Oberlander, Paul Sangha and Hapa Collaborative.

4. MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN / COCKTAIL ART

8:00 PM - Midnight at CBC Studios

$50

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[Exhibit] Designers and guests mingle during this dazzling display of amazing tablescapes, sampling gourmet treats paired with delicious Absolut Elyx craft cocktails, wine and beer. Special live entertainment, custom cocktail bars, and reverie.

Event Schedule
Week 2
/ Sept 22nd - 28th

Mon, Sept 22

2 Events [+-]

1. MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN / PUBLIC VIEWING

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM at CBC Studios

$20

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[Exhibit] Design enthusiasts and fans of IDSwest have a singular opportunity to come and experience Monogram Dinner by Design, admire the tablescapes, spot their next personal inspiration and enjoy an inspiring atmosphere.

2. MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN / GALA DINNER

6:30 PM - 1:00 AM at CBC Studios

$300

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[Exhibit] Cocktails are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner for 150 guests with all drinks included. Each courses is perfectly paired by a wine and fine musical accompaniment.

Tue, Sept 23

4 Events [+-]

1. GDC DESIGN INDUSTRY SOCIAL

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Bitter Tasting Room

Free

RSVP

[Party] A design week is a great excuse for design industry folks to socialize out of the office. The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) invites designers, friends, and colleagues of all experience levels to connect.

2. DEMO NITE EDITION 1: THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Mobify

[Talk] Exclusive to Vancouver Design Week, Denim & Steel presents a new forum for showcasing local creative works kicks off. Join local makers working in digital and material design to see new works and to hear the story behind what motivated their creations.

3. MILAN TO VANCOUVER: FLOS APEROL COCKTAIL PARTY

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Inform Contract

[Party] Come out to play for a Design Week cocktail party at Inform Contract. We have an installation of the new Flos String light by Michael Anastassiades and a bar stocked with Aperol Spritz.

4. FASHIONING CANCER FUNDRAISER

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM at Porsche Centre Vancouver

$100

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[Exhibit] A night supporting cancer prevention, featuring a live auction of fashion art. Ten beautiful dresses (works of art!) will be auctioned off in support of cancer prevention research. Canada's Queen of Punk, singer/songwriter and cancer survivor, Bif Naked, will perform a live set.

Wed, Sept 24

2 Events [+-]

1. ROVE: EXPLORING THE BEST OF LOCAL DESIGN

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at 18 Karat

Free

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[Exhibit] A curated selection of products designed and crafted by local talent. Celebrate the richness of local design in an evening of shopping and refreshment.

2. BUILT CITY: "FASHIONING PERFORMANCE"

7:00 PM - 11:30 PM at Museum of Vancouver

$10-14

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[Talk] The 2014/2015 Built City @MOV series kicks off with a talk that showcases the potential of design to effect significant change in personal and public space.

Thu, Sept 25

2 Events [+-]

1. IDSWEST LAUNCH PARTY

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C, Vancouver Convention Centre West

[Party] IDSwest kicks off its 10th year with a design party on the exposition floor! Dress to impress and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere while exploring the exhibits and features. Presented by Cosentino.

2. CREATIVE PULSE SHOWCASE AND INDUSTRY SOCIAL

6:30 PM - 10:30 PM at Elevator Strategy, Advertising & Design

[Party] The 6th Creative Pulse event will showcase the work of talented local designers and artists. Hosted by Elevator Strategy, join us for informal drinks with like-minded creatives, and leave inspired.

Fri, Sept 26

5 Events [+-]

[Talk] Join Emily Carr University of Art + Design for an opportunity to learn about current faculty research as part of Vancouver Design Week! Featured talks include: Dynamic Media in Publication Design with Celeste Martin, Digital Cartography, Web Mapping and Geographic Data:The New Frontiers of Communication Design with Christopher Hethrington and CloTHING(s) as conversation with Helene Day Fraser.

2. COAST MODERN DOCUMENTARY SCREENING & DIRECTOR Q&A

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Vancouver Convention Centre West - Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C

[Exhibit] Coast Modern showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture and the homes that have become their legacies. The relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist Architecture in the Pacific North West, followed by director Q&A.

3. Alfie Italia - CREATE INSPIRE DESIGN

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Alfie Italia

[Party] An evening to celebrate fashion, interior and independent design in our community and the businesses that support these designers.

4. THE THNK GUIDE TO MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM at Vancouver Convention Centre West - Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C

[Workshop] Generating new ideas is easy, it's developing truly original breakthrough ideas that's hard. THNK co-founder Lee Feldman, former CCO at global digital design agency Blast Radius shares tried-and-true methods for overcoming common blockers, forming new connections and where to look for signs and weak signals in this hands-on and entertaining 90 minutes co-presented by Creative Mornings Vancouver.

5. TYPEWALK

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM at Unit 604, Chloi HQ

$20

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[Tour] Join this workshop and walking tour led by Working Format and Vancouver Neon for an evening of exploration and conversation, delving into the history and craft of neon signage and sign-making in Vancouver's entertainment district.

Sat, Sept 27

3 Events [+-]

1. SHOLTO DESIGN: THE EMERALD COLLECTION

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM at 231 Union St.

[Party] Join us for a drink to celebrate the launch of The Emerald Collection.

2. IDSWEST/SARAH RICHARDSON’S “DESIGN IDEAS AND RENOVATION INSIGHT”

1:00 PM at Vancouver Convention Centre West - Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C

[Talk] Sarah will help you tackle your next project by sharing her tips and tricks so you are prepared and inspired. An award-winning designer, Sarah is known for jaw-dropping transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor.

3. IDSWEST/ AMANDA FORREST ON THE LIVINGSPACE DESIGN STAGE

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Vancouver Convention Centre West - Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C

[Talk] Celebrity designer Amanda Forrest takes you on a tour of her recent travels to some of the most historical, inspirational and personality-filled cities in the south. Learn how to incorporate southern hospitality and charm into your home to create warm, inviting, and luxurious rooms that feel like they were curated over time.

Sun, Sept 28

1 Events [+-]

1. IDSWEST / EXHIBITS

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Vancouver Convention Centre West - Exhibit Halls B2, B3 & C

[Exhibit] Western Canada's annual premiere residential design show featuring 250 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media.

Questions? We have answers.

When is VDW?

For 2014, Vancouver Design Week will run from September 15th-28th.

Where is VDW?

Vancouver Design Week is happening all around Vancouver. A full event calendar and maps will become available as events and locations are confirmed. to hear when the event roster is announced.

How do I register? Is it free?

Vancouver Design Week is composed of a wide range of events and happenings. Some require registration and some don’t; some are free and some aren’t. Registration and ticketing are managed by their individual hosts/organizers, so be sure to confirm details before heading out.

How can I get involved?

Like the week’s make-up, there are a diversity of ways to get involved - host a tour, submit an event, become a supporting partner, volunteer, or make a donation (VDW works under a not-for-profit model).

But most importantly, show up, speak up and stand out! Exchange perspectives with (other) designers, try new things, ask questions, share your thoughts and be a part of the conversation!

Can anyone list an event as part of VDW?

VDW invites local designers, design organizations, and design thinkers to challenge and expand the Vancouver design conversation. If you’re a part of the Vancouver design scene and are interested in creating a design-related event, our call for submissions is now open and has further details.

If you don’t have any programming to propose, but want to share your space - your studio, your workshop, your cafe/shop/restaurant/tasting room, consider joining our Open Doors lineup (Open Studios/Open Buildings/Samplings).

How is VDW possible?

We hoped you’d ask.

Vancouver Design Week is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Created by a passionate team of volunteers from across design disciplines - with advisory and core committees composed of some of the city’s most renowned design institutions, entrepreneurs, educators, thinkers, and makers - Vancouver Design Week has been willed into being by a shared belief that design is imperative to improving the quality and potential of our city.

Help us make this vision a reality by showing up, speaking up, and standing out.

Context

Vancouver. Edge city. A territory on the geographic and cultural periphery. A place where people come to escape the confines of convention and a place with a unique aptitude for freethinking, incubating and instigating.

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The results: creation of global phenomena - Occupy, Greenpeace, and ‘Vancouverism’; pioneering of West Coast Modernism; and home to a long list of world-class designers and innovators. And yet... “although some of the world’s greatest designers live/work in Vancouver they are (here at home) unknown, undervalued and disconnected from one another” [Jane Cox, Cause+Affect] - limiting our potential for agency as both a culture and a city.

Vancouver Design Week is an opportunity to redress this.

Mission

Vancouver Design Week is city-wide platform, invitation and call to action - to celebrate established and emergent design talent; to spotlight broad spectrum design innovation; to cross-pollenate and empower designers and design-thinkers across disciplines, and to leverage the potential of design for transformative agency and holistic capital, in Vancouver, and beyond.

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This inaugural Vancouver Design Week will establish not only an annual event in (Metro) Vancouver but the opportunity to initiate a broader Pacific North West dialog - towards catalyzing an even more transformative Vancouver design culture.

The VDW Organizing Team

Jennifer Cutbill

Jennifer Cutbill / Director

Jennifer is an Intern Architect at DIALOG, passionate about leveraging lateral thinking and empowering design agency. She is also a SALA mentor and guest critic; Advocacy Committee co-Chair at the local Chapter of Architecture Canada, founding Board member of the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LoHA), and a retired thai boxing champion.

Todd Sieling

Todd Sieling / Web + Interactive

Todd is an interaction designer and co-founder of Denim & Steel Interactive. Informed by his background in the humanities, he strives to bring a humane sensibility to the cool edge of digital technology. Outside of work, Todd explores the urban landscape through the dual lenses of cycling and coffee.

Harry Olson

Harry Olson / Open Buildings Coordinator

A coastal creative from Vancouver to Halifax, Harry is a communication designer and brand strategist at PUBLIC. Harry believes in fostering creativity through conversation and collaboration.

Odette

Odette / Videography

Video and Motion studio founded by Jevan Crittenden and Nate Slaco, and based in Vancouver BC.

Kristina Kassay

KRISZTINA KASSAY / Event Assistant

Urban Planner KrisZtina is passionate about transformative spaces and the intersections between design and the public. She is a coordinating force within public space designs that enliven and invigorate our city.

Shelley Craig

Shelley Craig

Shelley Craig holds degrees in Environmental Studies (Architecture) and Architecture, and is a recipient of the Bernard Webb Scholarship.

Jane Cox

Jane Cox / Co-Director

Jane Cox, the Executive Director of FUEL and Co-founder of Cause+Affect and PechaKucha Vancouver, is a creative catalyst and strategist helping “good” businesses and organizations define their culture and grow their communities. She loves her nature/urban/mother/career woman lifestyle.

Tylor Sherman

Tylor Sherman / Web + Interactive

Tylor is a creative technologist and co-founder at Denim & Steel. An engineer by training, he designs unique software for a people-focused future.

Zach Bulick

Zach Bulick / Open Studios Coordinator

Zach is a Canadian Texan hybrid who has been designing in Vancouver since 2009. He loves people, tacos, and making. He's proud to have helped start Vancouver’s first Tool Library and Trade School Vancouver. Zach is passionate about serving the underserved and engaging problems and social issues with sustainable creative solutions.

Nadia Nascimento

Nadia Nascimento

Nadia is a strategist and digital producer, with 10 years experience in marketing and production. She has developed and implemented socially-driven media campaigns for Fortune 50 brands and has been the acting Director of Marketing for (RED) and THNK School for Creative Leadership.

Kourosh Mahvash

Kourosh Mahvash / Volunteer Coordinator

Kourosh is a sustainability consultant and educator with over 11 years of experience in both academia and practice. Having been trained in architecture and interdisciplinary design, he has been involved in various design and research projects in both academia and practice.

Mark Busse

Mark Busse / Connector

Mark owns Industrial Brand, a Vancouver-based brand strategy & communication design consultancy that helps built-environment professionals realize their brand and marketing potential. He's also a Fellow and past president of the Graphic Designers of Canada, has been known to write & teach about design, and co-founded Foodists.ca.

Carling Borne

Carling Borne / Graphic Design

Carling is a designer at Cause+Affect, having worked with a variety of clients ranging from multinationals to small independent gems. While her passion lies in brand and print, she is equally skilled in digital and scribbling.

Jessica Hum

Jessica Hum / Community Engagement

Jessica is a community development and communications professional with a background in Urban and Regional Planning. Based in her community development experience, she has designed multi-staged community engagement processes to reach the broadest cross section of the public, using online and face-to-face touchpoints.

Jessica Hum

Alvina Quek / Block Party Coordinator

Alvina is an Event Designer & Producer. Creating experiences that you cannot wait to tell somebody about is what she is constantly dreaming up. She does this by making you look twice...at what was previously ordinary - big and complex into simple and gorgeous. Travel, her next delicious taste bud explosion and design fuel her quiet revolution of events that wow.

Sarah Bjornson

Sarah Bjornson / Samplings Coordinator

Sarah Bjornson is a long-time DIALOG team member who has grown from an Intern Architect into a registered Architect. She has contributed to numerous projects including University of Calgary Student Residences, Little Flower Academy, Chilliwack High School and the Waterstone Pier.

Design Value(s)

Part of the mission of Vancouver Design Week is to inspire a shift in perception and value(s) to collectively leverage the potential of design as a catalyst for transformative change!

“Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. It influences the outcome of almost everything we do, often without our being aware it has done so… Yet despite its power, design is frequently treated as if it didn’t matter by being trivialized, misunderstood (and undervalued)…”
Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic, global edition of the New York Times
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed its the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

GET INVOLVED! Be part of Vancouver Design Week! There are a wide range of ways to get involved in the inaugural Vancouver Design Week:

1 / Open Doors

Just that. Open the doors to your space, your process and your unique design perspective. Vancouver Design Week will be facilitating three types of open door events: Open Studios, Open Buildings and Samplings. Open Studios and Open Buildings registrations are now closed, but you can still join the Sampling lineup.

Register to Offer a Sampling Event

2 / Open Call

Local designers, design organizations, and design thinkers are invited to join the design conversation during the inaugural Vancouver Design Week. If you are positively contributing to the local design scene, and are interested in creating a design-related happening during the Week, please submit and Open Call Application.

Members of the VDW event administration will review your submission, to ensure it aligns with the VDW mission and represents the best Vancouver has to offer. Registrants will be notified by Sept 3rd, 2014.

Submit An Open Call Application

3 / Become A Supporting Partner

Vancouver Design Week is a collaborative production for the advancement of our city’s culture, quality of life, and future potential; and as a not-for profit social enterprise, is only possible through the support of its citizenry. To support design culture and potential join in, step up, and stand out!

For more information on how to support VDW contact us at info@vancouverdesignwk.com.

Contribute to VDW

4 / Become A VDW Ambassador

Learn more about the wide range of events and organizers and get more connected with(in) the design community by becoming a Vancouver Design Week Ambassador.

And if your space is open to the public, has room for VDW postcards and someone on hand to act as an in-house Ambassador, join the network of official Vancouver Design Week information hubs.

Become A VDW Ambassador

Vancouver Design Week is a non profit social enterprise.
All funds/in-kind donations will go directly to supporting the VDW platform in achieving its stated mission.

1 / Friend of VDW

Vancouver Design Week is being created by the design community as a platform for elevating the design, capital, and potential of our city. Donations of any size help get us further towards this collective goal and will be acknowledged by name in VDW web and print materials.

Become A Friend of VDW

2 / Community Partner

The community is an ecosystem, and each within it has a different capacity to support and catalyze change - and like in nature, all levels are important and help strengthen the whole. Community support will be acknowledged by name and logo in VDW web and print materials.

Become A Community Partner

3 / Visionary Partner

For those leading the community in catalyzing potentials for transformative change. Support will be acknowledged in a way that reflects the incredible value of each unique action leader.

Become A Visionary Partner

A huge thank to all of the following who have been early supporters - because of you Vancouver Design Week is happening!

Visionary Partners

the RAIC Cause+Affect Denim & Steel Dialog Design Emily Carr University Odette Chambar HWKRS MRKT Georgia Straight Urbanarium Perkins+Will

Show Leadership! Become A Visionary Partner Today >

Community Partners

Public Bruce Carscadden Architect Industrial Brand VNB Photography The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture THNK School for Creative Leadership the MOV Vancouver Special IDSWest City Studio Maker Series HMCA Permel Permel Urban Arts

Media Partners

Gray Magazine Western Living Magazine Vancouver Is Awesome Spacing Vancouver Tourism Vancouver

Event Partners

The Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver SEGD the Vancouver Design Nerds Denim & Steel Maker Labs Party for Architects Vancouver the GDC the Vancouver Public Space Network Elevator Strategy Urbanarium Bruce Carscadden Architect THNK School for Creative Leadership Arrowhouse Briteweb The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Maker Series Creative Pulse Sholto Design Studio Main Street Beer Evoke International Design Vancouver Special Cause+Affect LoHA (the Laboratory for Housing Alternatives) Industrial Brand Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio Public Creative Mornings Vancouver Alfie Italia Emily Carr University the RAIC Beautulleful Architecture Institute of BC Lululemon City of Vancouver

Friends of VDW

Shelley Craig Ian McDonald Kathleen Mazzocco Carlos Obregon

Become a Friend of VDW with your contribution to this inaugural event >