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Designers, builders show their best stuff at Buildings Show this week in Toronto

If it’s late November in Toronto, it must be time for The Buildings Show, billed as North America’s largest networking and educational event for the design, construction and real estate industries. The show comprises six different shows, including Construct Canada, PM Expo, the Homebuilder and Renovator Expo, World of Concrete, the Real Estate Forum Toronto, and IIDEX Canada, the latter a co-presentation of Interior Designers of Canada and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). The show includes 1,600 exhibitors, “world-class” keynote addresses by stars like Karim Rashid and Chris Downey (Architecture for the Blind), along with 500 speakers and 350 seminars. It runs from November 30 to December 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Does your brand need something really unique to differentiate it? Have you considered “olfactive branding,” also known as scent design? IIDEX is offering a seminar on the subject of “the scented dimension” and how it supports a space’s overall aesthetic and emotional impact on people. Some very big brands, including Trump and Samsung, have made use of scent design to give their premises a distinctive something in the air, champagne and caviar in the case of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto. Samsung has its own Smart Scent that facilitates “play and innovation” to spark interest in its Toronto retail store. A competition, the Smelling Colours Contest, is open to scent designers.

The scent of champagne and caviar at Trump International Hotel and Residences.

A popular annual feature at IIDEX is Think: Material, which showcases the most innovative building and design materials from around the world. An excellent place to browse scores of amazing materials you won’t see anywhere else.

Condo dwellers may want to catch a seminar to be given by Alex Josephson, described as the “it boy” of the Toronto architecture scene and as one of Toronto’s most influential up-and-comers, on the verge of achieving great things, by Toronto Life. He is co-founder of Partisans, called Toronto’s hottest young architecture firm, and a lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Daniels School of Architecture. His topic: Condominiumization of Toronto: Design, Density, and Livability. The topic was explored in depth in a recent publication by Partisans, Rise and Sprawl. The book is described as a call to action to start designing “better, bolder buildings.” Josephson’s seminar is one of Azure magazine’s top four must-attends for IIDEX 2016.  (Wednesday, November 30, 11am).

CBC Broadcast Centre atrium

Walking tours of interesting buildings are always popular, and this year’s selection includes the CBC Broadcast Centre (right across the street from the Convention Centre), Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Artscape Sandbox, the Ontario College of Art and Design’s Sharp Centre, and the Art Gallery of Toronto.

The industry has seen significant changes in the last little while across the built environment—net-zero, building automation, higher performance. Our Show facilitates opportunities to turn these new challenges into new opportunities, whether from expert problem solvers and leaders to innovative new products, for every professional at every stage of their career.

There will also be a “wellness” tour at the TD Centre’s WELL Building Standard project, a 25,000 square foot renovation of the bank’s corporate office space on King Street West. The WELL Building Standard measures a building’s impact on human health and well-being through various factors such as air quality, water and light. TD was the first building in the world to receive the v1 Gold Well Building Certification.

TD 23, part of TD bank’s WELL Building Certification project.

Also open for a tour is the Cisco Waterpark Place Innovation Centre, which Cisco calls “the smartest building in North America.” It is the first large, high-rise commercial building in the Americas with integrated Power-over-Internet, LED lighting, and HVAC.

Another stimulating feature of IIDEX is the National Summits on Big Issues. These include Passive House, Women in Design, Senior Living, and Wellness and Accessibility. IIDEX says the sessions are all about changing the way the industry thinks about design, and will be led by experts at the forefront of these changes.

Other industry sectors highlighted at the Buildings Show are property management, at PM Expo; the home renovation industry at Homebuilder & Renovator Expo; and Construct Canada. The vice-president of Real Estate/Construction at Informa Exhibitions, the company that operates the Buildings Show, said that the show “facilitates opportunities” to turn challenges facing today’s builders and designers—from net zero to building automation to high-performance buildings to climate change—into opportunities.

Auberge on the Park-Tridel


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