November 20, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The 19th edition of Construct Canada offers more exhibits, special features, enlightening seminars and networking opportunities for success. With 1,100 exhibits, Construct Canada will be held once again concurrently with HomeBuilder & Renovator Expo, PM Expo, Concrete Canada, and DesignTrends featuring the very latest in products, technologies, best practices and applications for the design, construction, operation, retrofit, and renovation of all types of buildings.
Featuring over 450 speakers, the seminar program will focus on a wide range of educational sessions on improving project delivery and smart business practices, leading edge technology for project design, green buildings, building environments and performance, building envelope solutions, legal, regulatory and risk management, professional and personal skills development, and design trends for building interiors.
More than 23,000 visitors attended the Show in 2006 including architects, builders, contractors, engineers, specifiers along with building owners, facility managers, property managers, and interior designers.
This years National GreenBuilding Conference will focus on innovations and best practices for designing and building more energy efficient and higher performance commercial, residential and institutional buildings. Leading green building experts will provide you with insight into new technologies, cost management strategies and project delivery models that will enable you to successfully achieve your environmental and greening objectives.
Hundreds of international visitors attend the Show to learn more about Canadian technology, products, services and building systems and construction techniques, and to meet and make contact with leading Canadian suppliers.
Construct Canada will provide you with a unique once-a-year opportunity and a considerable amount of information, all at one place, at one time. You will be able to make valuable contacts and learn about new products, innovations, and market opportunities for 2008.
Of particulate note is this years International Architectural Roundtable, entitled New Perspectives: Strengthening Healthy Cities. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear highly accomplished and award-winning architects, landscape architects and critics focus on city-changing public spaces and iconic architecture that have transformed the urban environment and have advanced social, environmental and economic agendas. The panelists are highly creative, visionary designers with a wealth of experience in creating buildings and spaces that speak to the needs of local jurisdictions.
Located in the South Building, the event takes place on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 from 8:00am to 10:00am.The fee is $60.00, and architects can earn 3 OAA-directed points by attending.
The event will be moderated by Ian Chodikoff, architect and editor of Canadian Architect magazine. He holds degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of British Columbia and Harvard University respectively and has undertaken various projects studying aspects of urbanism ranging from the interface between Vancouvers Stanley Park and the city to the effects of transnational migration between Africa, Europe and North America. Ian has lectured in various schools and cities across North America and has written in a variety of magazines and journals.
Gregory Henriquez is a Managing Partner at Henriquez Partners Architects, and is currently the architect in charge of the Woodwards Redevelopment Project, the largest mixed-use project in the history of Vancouver. He is part of a new generation of architects proclaiming the dangers of the profession serving as an instrument of private interest, of architects becoming consultants for hire. Gregory believes there is an urgent need to re-examine the role of ethics, activism and critical commentary in architecture practice. As part of this re-examination, Gregory launched his book, Towards an Ethical Architecture, which asserts that architects need to be reminded that our role is one of leadership in the creation of the collective space that forms the fabric of our daily lives and communities.
Reed Kroloff is the Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and an independent architectural consultant and commentator. Reed was Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana from Fall 2004 through Spring 2007. He arrived at Tulane just before Hurricane Katrina and helped lead the School to recovery and prominence in the post-storm environment and played a significant role in the citywide planning and rebuilding efforts. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine and advises a range of clients on architect selection and design strategy , including among others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Ministry of Culture of the Federal Government of Mexico, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Case Western Reserve University and the History Channel.
Andrea Leers, a Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates, is the recipient of the 2007 AIA National Firm Awards. She has directed the design of a number of award winning projects including the Harvard University Science Centre Expansion, the Blue Hill Avenue Youth Development Centre and the Fenton Judicial Centre. She currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Design School. Andrea serves on the U.S. General Services Administrations Public Buildings Service National Register of Peer Professionals as a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of State. Most recently she was appointed to the Boston Civic Design Commission by the Mayor of Boston.
Michael Van Valkenburgh, Charles Eliot Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, teaches landscape architecture studios. As lead principal of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., with offices in New York City and Cambridge, Michael has designed a wide range of project types including public parks (Don River Park in Toronto, Teardrop Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City); civic landscapes (Lower Don Lands in Toronto and the redesign of the north end of Union Square Park and Green Markets in New York City). For more information on Construct Canada and the Architectural Roundtable, please visit www.constructcanada.com/attendee/home.asp.