In­spired and well at­tired

The EDIT expo and gala needed no correction­s

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CITY LIFE - Amoryn En­gEl RYAN EMBERLEY

An aban­doned soap fac­tory off the beaten track might not seem like the most ob­vi­ous place to hold an epic in­stal­la­tion and fab­u­lous gala din­ner, but that is ex­actly what the De­sign Ex­change did to launch EDIT: Expo for De­sign, In­no­va­tion & Tech­nol­ogy, pre­sented by Rogers. Words, even pho­tos, can’t re­ally cap­ture what thou­sands ex­pe­ri­enced at this bi­en­nial cel­e­bra­tion of pro­gres­sive thinkers.

Those who at­tended the wild and wacky donor din­ner, chaired by a glit­ter­ing Krys­tal Koo and spon­sored by TD and Dream, were the first to ex­plore the four floors ( 150,000 square feet) of world-chang­ing ideas

that were care­fully cu­rated and mounted from all over the planet. Change Maker awards were given to in­dige­nous artist/mu­si­cian and ac­tivist Ian Cam­peau; Chief Plan­ner and Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of City of Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat; en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist David Suzuki; and de­signer, film­maker, brand strate­gist and for­mer ed­i­tor- in- chief of Wired, Scott Dadich. After din­ner, guests joined thou­sands of other rev­ellers at Pulse, where the mastermind­s be­hind the main ex­hi­bi­tions reigned supreme: Pros­per­ity for All ( Bruce Mau), Shel­ter/ Cities ( Carlo Ratti), Care ( Julielynn Wong) and Ed­u­cate (Ken­taro Toyama). This was fol­lowed by an un­par­al­leled in­ter­ac­tive culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence de­signed by Mon­treal’s Mis­ter Jaune – think in­ter­ac­tive sup­per meets per­for­mance art. Over 10 days at­ten­dees ex­pe­ri­enced thought- pro­vok­ing talks, im­mer­sive ex­hibits and in­ter­ac­tive work­shops which ex­plored in­no­va­tive ways for de­liv­er­ing shel­ter, nour­ish­ment and health­care. “We cre­ated EDIT to demon­strate how de­sign, cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion can make the world a bet­ter place for all peo­ple. We’re reg­u­larly ex­posed to doom and gloom, when the re­al­ity is that we’re ac­tu­ally liv­ing at the best time in civ­i­liza­tion,” says Shauna Levy, direc­tor of the De­sign Ex­change. “Never have we had ac­cess to the in­sight, in­tel­li­gence and tech­nol­ogy that we do now to make a real dif­fer­ence and en­sure pros­per­ity for all peo­ple. It was this story that we wanted to tell. We hope that peo­ple left the show in­spired by the world around them and mo­ti­vated to be part of this pos­i­tive change.” We can hardly wait for the next EDIT!

The scene at the col­lab­o­ra­tive

Scott Dadich and Jennifer Keesmaat

Ari­ane Laezza and Michael Steele

Bisi Wil­liams Mau and Bruce Mau

Shayne Stephens and Param­bir Keila

W. Brett Wil­son and John Tory

George Antonopou­los and Sandy Ci­uro

Anya Nord­strom De­veaux, Dry­don Chow and Dani Matte

Caitlin Agnew

Candice Chan

Pierre Ju­tras and Grego Minot

Mon­tana Kimel and Rachel Kimel

Carly Sto­jsic

Krys­tal Koo and Michael Cooper

Ian Cam­peau and David Suzuki

Leerom Se­gal and Karolina Se­gal

Si Si Pe­naloza and Jeron­imo De Miguel

Al­fredo Ro­mano and Sia­mak Hariri

An­ton Vig­den, Olivia Le­bonte and Alexan­der Joseph­son

Alison Slight and Ryan Slight

Dessert is served

Jesse Carere and Am­bur Braid

Christine Faul­haber and Shauna Levy

Mon­tana Bur­nett and Toufik Sarwa

Caitlin Purs­sell and Adam Savoni

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