The first ever EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology is running until October 8 at Toronto’s East Harbour (foot of the Don Valley Parkway) in a enormous building that was the Unilever Soap Factory. Borrowing from Luminato’s takeover of The Hearn last spring, this abandoned factory houses 125 unique talks, 40 workshops and 50 exhibits from around the globe that showcase the transformative power of design.
EDIT is a 150,000-square-foot immersive experience that envisions a world transformed by unparalleled design, innovation and technology solutions.
The Bruce Mau exhibit on the first floor explores how innovation in design is changing our world in every area including food, health, air quality, our homes, finance and much more. And many of the innovations are home grown.
There are many exhibits but one of my favourites is the “Letters to the Mayor/Developer: Toronto”…it is on the main floor but in a corner so you may have to search it out. In a large room with drawings and scultures by brilliant local artist Gary Taxali, is a long conveyor belt with letters to John Tory or local Developers from architects about the artchitecture, design and living spaces in Toronto. The Taxali illustrations alone are worth seeing in this exhibit.
EDIT schedule is online and details are below.
WHAT: EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
WHERE: East Harbour, formerly Unilever Soap Factory – 21 Don Roadway, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Doors open from 12:00 to 9:00pm
Change the world by design. Produced by Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this groundbreaking inaugural festival will ignite conversations through an array of curated exhibits, compelling talks, and inspiring installations.