Visualizing the Future design presentation in Vancouver

On Monday, July 24, 2006, the Canadian Design Research Network (CDRN) will host a free, public presentation on the future of visualization in the world of design. Four of Canada’s top experts in the field will present their views and their work in areas such as 3D scanning, historic reconstructions, immersive environments, interactive graphics and collaborative design.

The event is open to anyone interested in design, and the session begins at 7:00pm on Monday, July 24, 2006 in Room 101 of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Building at the University of British Columbia at 2360 East Mall.

Panellists include Ren Barsalo, Marc Baumgartner, Michael Griffin and Dr. Richard Levy.

Ren Barsalo is Director, Liaison & Strategy, Society of Arts and Technology (SAT), and will present an overview of SAT’s research in using public spaces as the next interface and the impact they could have on the design of public events in the near future.

Marc Baumgartner is Principal of bnode, a design and research studio focused on architecture, urbanism and systems of communications and exchange, and is an instructor at the Emily Carr Institute. Baumgartner will present three recent bnode projects that integrate new media and information technologies into architectural space.

Michael Griffin will describe the work of the Ancient Spaces Project (recently featured in Wired magazine) which is an evolving open-source platform for rebuilding and exploring historically accurate virtual models of famous ancient monuments. This presentation will focus on the work created in Ancient Spaces and the challenges of the project.

Dr. Richard Levy is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and will use a case-study approach to present his work in visualization for planning and historic preservation, and for building and displaying computer reconstructions.

Designers of all kinds will find this event invaluable as a roadmap to the future of design. Members of the general public who are interested in design will also find these presentations both accessible and informative. For more information about the CDRN, please visit

This event is conducted in partnership with the 6th International Symposium on Smart Graphics which is hosting a three-day interactive workshop for the design, technology and HCI communities on July 23-25, 2006. For more information about Smart Graphics, please visit