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DesignTO Festival: Eco Design Symposium


19 January 2019
Location: Toronto

Time: 10 AM - 7:30 PM, January 19, 2019

Location: The Bakery, 2 Fraser Avenue, Toronto, ON (accessible location)

The Eco Design Symposium will bring together designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and students around the theme of ecological design within the context of the unfolding eco-crisis.

An eco-crisis is defined as the collapse of ecosystems and biodiversity due to changes in the environment. The plight of the coral, birds, bees, humans, forests, aquifers, and more all bear witness to an unfolding global eco-crisis.

Each action we take, as designers, engineers, architects, is amplified by a thousand, a million times when our designs are realized as buildings, roads, earthworks, sewers, products, and more. We have a unique opportunity to positively and directly intervene in the eco-crisis. We can deploy ideas that promote ecosystems and encourage biodiversity.

The goals of this symposium are to:
- Foster conversations about designers role in the eco-crisis
- Share examples of ecological design in action
- Facilitate networking among likeminded people.


Schedule: January 19 as part of DesignTO Festival

10am — Introduction
10:30 — Presentations and Roundtable 1
12:30 — Lunch (please bring your own lunch or purchase in the area)
1:30 — Presentations and Roundtable 2
3:30-5pm — Unconference facilitated by Speakers and Attendees
7:30pm  — Social (offsite)

Tickets cost $25. Includes light snacks and tea & coffee
Scholarships are available please enquire with the organizer.

This symposium is organized as part of the DesignTO festival,  happening from January 18-27,2019.  DesignTO takes design out of the studio and into the city, transforming the urban sphere into a celebration for all things design.