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January 16-19, 2020
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
New this year! IDS Contract is a two-day immersive event that will transform your business, IDS Contract is a highly curated exposition and conference dedicated to the design, architectural and building sectors. Adjacent to IDS, IDS Contract is modelled around a continued commitment to showcasing original design, thought leadership, aspirational installations and the best in programming content. IDS Contract offers an unparalleled opportunity for the more than 13,000 designers, architects, purchasing executives, builders, developers, owners and operations and property facility managers with the best in Canadian and international design.
IDS Contract will focus on all verticals of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government. IDS Contract is open to trade professionals only, however, all guests will be welcomed on the show floor during the Opening Night Party. IDS Contract will include a robust conference, including roundtables, master classes, seminars, tours and keynotes.
9AM – 5PM
$15.00 before Dec 1, 2018, online
$25.00 Dec 2 - Jan 18, 2018, online
$30.00 at the door
$35.00 Trade Day and weekend, online
$50.00 Trade Day and weekend, at the door
$15.00 students at the door (cash only)
There is a growing interest in making inclusion a positive goal for companies, teams, and products. To begin developing and growing inclusive practices in company culture and in the design process for mass-scaled technology is challenging. What makes it even more difficult is the void of information on how to practice inclusive design for digital technologies. If inclusive design is good design, how do we even begin to unpack the tension between building something universal at scale that is also meaningful on a personal level? How do we make the inclusive design choices to minimize the mismatches that create barriers and often are the building blocks of exclusion? When inclusion guides the answers to these questions, it becomes much more than a good idea. It becomes an economic imperative.
The planning decisions we make today will impact our cities for generations. As cities evolve, architects and designers need to think about making cities resilient to change--from climate change to the ways in which we live and work. Cities have also become centres for innovation and inclusion. New York-based architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will share their recent projects and upcoming research and work on their approaches to improving the livability and success of our delicate yet resilient urban environments.
Marina Tabassum believes in the power of community, tradition and land as essential ingredients for meaningful design. In her native Bangladesh, she creates architecture that exudes a deep respect for climate and sense of place. The results are spectacular, often involving the ornamentation of surface through light, or the enrichment of spaces by empowering users with celebratory and functional communal spaces. Born in Dhaka, home to 20 million souls, Tabassum established her practice in 2005, 10 years after graduating from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), a school whose architecture curriculum is modeled after Texas A&M University. Exposed to many cultures, she understands both the universal appeal and the ethical responsibility to design for the specificity of place.
Drawing from a long and varied career that has touched on everything from digital, graphic and retail design; product, retail and project development; and strategy and creative direction, Mick McConnell is now turning his attention to the future of workplace design. In conversation with Dan Howarth, U.S. editor at Dezeen, McConnell explains the focus of his role at WeWork—an international company that provides shared workspaces for startups, freelancers, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. As the VP and head of WeWork’s concept studio, McConnell creates and experiments across many scales, from objects to strategies, and brings ideas to reality faster by bridging between groups, from research to implementation. By creating a test case for emerging technologies, piloting new ideas, and storytelling to spark discussion and action, he's helped WeWork to rapidly grow into one of the largest tech companies in the world.
With a background in architecture, Dan moved into journalism after university as an intern for Dezeen before becoming a full-time member of the editorial team in June 2012. He was promoted to design editor in 2014 where he was responsible for the magazine’s design content. In 2015, Dan became deputy editor and was also shortlisted for the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Writer of the Year and PPA Digital Writer of the Year awards. After helping to establish Dezeen's New York office in May 2015, Dan moved to the US full time in March 2016. He now leads a growing team that covers architecture and design across the Americas.￼
Please note that while keynotes are complimentary with admission, signing up for a talk does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.