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TED 2015 Lions Marquee to show beauty of wood

 Wednesday, March 25, 2015

marqueeThis week Lions Marquee is going to show the beauty of wood to 1000 of world’s leading thinkers and soon will provide shelter to the DTES Street Market in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


This neighborhood is Canada’s one of the most disadvantaged area. The Marquee is built for TED2015 and features Dauglas-Fir lumber donated by Interfor Corporation from its Sawmill in Adams Lake, BC.


It was designed by 17 students from the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design under the direction of the not-for-profit DBR│DESIGN BUILDRESEARCH INSTITUTE. When the conference ends March 20, the marquee will be moved to the DTES Street Market, which runs every Sunday and supports hundreds of local residents.


“The Lions Marquee shows the beauty and versatility of BC’s incredible forest resources, and fits with our Company’s promise to build value for our communities,” says Steven Hofer, Interfor’s Senior Vice President, and Sales & Marketing. “When TED organizers asked us for a structure to shelter participants during breaks, we chose wood –the best structural material on earth,” says Michael Green, an award-winning Vancouver architect who co- founded DBR.


“It let us capture the essence of the North Shore’s Lions mountain peaks, and is easily repurposed for future use in the community.”The marquee is located next to the Vancouver Conference Centre where TED –the non-profit devoted to Ideas worth Spreading –is holding its annual conference this week.

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