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Design Week 2007 in Saskatoon now on

November 14, 2007
by Canadian Architect

In conjunction with the Exposed: A New Forum for Public Art on taking place during the same week in Saskatoon, Design Week 07 offers five days packed with informative and engaging events from November 13-17, 2007.

Design is all around us. From our homes to the buildings where we work, from product brochures to billboards, from public parks to roads and bridges, the world around us has been shaped and molded for both function and beauty. Much of what we see in the world has been created by applied design professionals.

Design Week has been established to illustrate the importance and impact of applied design in our daily lives, and is geared towards interior designers, engineers, graphic designers, city planners, architects, landscape architects, and anyone interested in design issues.

There is free admission to all of the sessions included in the Design Week Speaker Series, details of which are listed below.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
7:00pm 9:00pm, Mendel Art Gallery
20th Street Corridor
This panel discussion considers the redevelopment underway along the 20th Street corridor in the Riversdale area. Participants include: Charles Olfert, Architect, AODBT Architecture and Interior Design Ltd. (Saskatoon), Len Ususkin, Community Economic Development Manager, Quint Development Corporation (Saskatoon) and others.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
7:00pm 9:00pm, Mendel Art Gallery
River Landing Project
In this presentation by Chris Dekker, Special Projects Manager at the City of Saskatoon, it is acknowledged that there is a demonstrated community desire, and a clear opportunity to transform Saskatoons south downtown into an urban riverfront which is vital, animated, safe, and economically viable. There is an opportunity to create a site which engages community pride and excites visitors, a site which integrates the fabric of downtown and the river valley. This desire has manifested in River Landing guaranteeing river access for everyone while recognizing the economic activity and job creation that sustainable business brings to the community. The presentation will go through the history, the planning objectives, and a project update for one of Saskatoons largest redevelopment projects.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
7:00pm 9:00pm, Mendel Art Gallery
Robin Smith Memorial Lecture
In conjunction with Exposed: A Forum for New Public Art, this lecture delivered by interdisciplinary designer Bill Pechet of Vancouvers Pechet and Robb Studio is entitled The Body Public, and features recent work by the studio. The greeting will be delivered by Myke Hodgins, President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). As architects, artists and urbanists, Pechet and Robb have been working in the public realm for the last 15 years. Their set designs, cemeteries, public art and retail spaces have a reputation for enlivening, as they say, the ennui of modernity with provocations both serious and critical, often with the use of benign and disarmingly witty devices. Their work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions, performances and journals. In 2006, they represented Canada at the Venice Biennale of Architecture with SweaterLodge, their play on west coast sensibilities.

Friday, November 16, 2007
7:00pm 9:00pm, Mendel Art Gallery
The Future of Design Now
Michael Surtees, Design Blogger and Graphic Designer of Hillman Curtis in New York speaks on how the rules of design are changing as fast as the speed of communication today. Surtees will be talking about his offline/online experiences in New York and sharing the questions he is asking to keep ahead.

Saturday, November 17, 2007
1:00pm 2:45pm, Bessborough Hotel
Eau Claire Market and Other Recent Work
Architect Marc Boutin from Calgary will speak about his research and critical practice, which has focused on the design opportunities that lie at the confluence of different disciplines, seeking a density of meaning that can only be achieved through the synthesis of art, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and exhibition design. His firm, Marc Boutin Architect, has received numerous national and international awards.

3:15pm 5:00pm, Bessborough Hotel
Sustainable LEED Design in the North
Peter Briggs, Landscape Architect, Corvus Design (Anchorage) and Executive Board Member of the US Green Building Council (Alaska Chapter), will be presenting on sustainable building in northern climates, with specific focus on Alaska. Globally, the past year has seen tremendous attention on sustainability issues, and this is percolating into design and construction markets. As an area that is increasingly seeing the effects of environmental variability, the North will require planners, landscape architects and architects that meet the challenge of impact-neutral or restorative design.

Project submissions to the Premiers Awards of Excellence in Design will be unveiled in a public exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery from Wednesday, November 14 to Friday, November 16 from 9:00am to 9:00pm. On Saturday, November 17 at 6:00pm, the winners will be unveiled at the Premiers Awards Banquet, which takes place in the Battleford Room at the Bessborough Hotel. Banquet tickets are $65 each, or $520 for a corporate table. Tickets are available from RSVP Event Design by calling 306.384.6044.

Additionally, a program entitled Open Houses for High Schools will run over three days at the Mendel Art Gallery. The three sessions are as follows:

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
1:00pm 2:45pm
Introduction to Interior Design and Community Planning

Thursday, November 15, 2007
9:30am 11:30am
Introduction to Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Friday, November 16, 2007
1:00pm 2:45pm
Introduction to Graphic Design and Engineering

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