Upcoming Events

Jan 22 2020 Lecture /

IDEAS Forum: Materializing the Future

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

IBI Multipurpose Room (Ground Floor)
55 St. Clair Avenue West

Free (RSVP Required)


‘Ideas Forum: Materializing the Future’ features six fast-paced and fun presentations (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) exploring the themes and questions from DesignTO’s exhibition ‘Future Retrospectives’ with a focus on materiality.

Discover the process behind educator David Correa’s (University of Waterloo) exploration on innovative material fabrication methods and Lauren Abrahams’ (Public Work) research on terrazzo. Educator Kazmy Chi (Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico) speaks about her research into biomimicry and how biomimetics can create sustainable materials for the future.

Founding partner of gh3* Pat Hanson speaks about her work on the Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool in Edmonton, while artist and curator Jessica Thalmann shares her process of reconfiguring iconic Brutalist buildings through folded sculptural forms. Quadrangle’s Richard Witt discusses heavy timber construction through case studies of built work, and Chris Pommer speaks about material memory through the work of the interdisciplinary studio PLANT.

This Ideas Forum’ is organized  in partnership with  DesignTO. It is generously supported by the Yonge + St. Clair BIA and Ceragres. Event venue provided by IBI Group.

About DesignTO

DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17–26, 2020.

Going into its 10th year, the Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere. We bring people together to celebrate contemporary culture, provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.