Shaping Our Future for the Better
The Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology also known as EDIT DX took place September 28 – October 8, 2017 at the 150,000-square-foot abandoned Lever Ponds factory. The immersive expo-meets-festival celebrated international design, showcasing the critical role it continues to play in sustaining and protecting the people and our planet.
In partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this 10-day festival followed 5 themes: Nourish, Shelter, Care, Educate, and the overarching message of Prosperity for All. The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development include ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combatting climate change, and protecting oceans and forests by 2030.
There were a total of 50 exhibits, 40 workshops and 125 speakers, among them David Suzuki, Bruce Mau, Odile Decq, and Alice Rawsthorn.
The Veritas Studio Team attended the show and we were immediately filled with excitement by the interactive exhibitions, installations and experiences created for us to explore.
We examined each of the four floors relating to the five themes. EDIT’s main exhibit: Prosperity for All, curated by Bruce Mau, became our favourite because it celebrated the people and projects making a positive impact in the world today. Our top 3 include:
1) Smog-Free Project by Dutch Designer Daan Roosegaarde: His Smog-Free project, supported by the Chinese government, aims to clean the air. He designed the largest outdoor vacuum cleaner in the world – powered by positive ionization technology, in China. The tower captures polluted air from the sky and cleans it on a nano level. In Bejing the air is so polluted that breathing it has the same impact on people’s lungs as smoking 17 cigarettes per day. The smoke is captured and compressed in the Smog Free Ring as a tangible souvenir, symbolizing 1000 m3 of clean air. Smog Free Bicycles are on their way to be launched in China. Together with governments, NGOs, and makers, the Smog Free Project continues its journey to spread the dream of clean air to more cities across the world.
2) Quantum Interface by Jonathan Josephson: A leading cause of disability is Arthritis – an affliction that affects 350 million people globally, including 4.6 million Canadians and 40 million Americans. Motion for Life, based in Texas, with founder of QI, Jonathan Josephson, has developed the Quantum Interface dynamic motion control with touch and touch-less interfaces to give people with reduced mobility access to manipulating objects in their environment, such as turning on lights, faucets, TV remotes, and more. Removing physical boundaries in the home for Canadians and people around the world. Quantum interface also develops dynamic interactions and creates experiences that change the way we interact with the world from QI PreCognition: enabling real time, predictive experiences based on user intent, QI Motions: moving through our world with touch and touchless technology, and QI Hands-Free Control: controlling our world with the speed of sign with gaze tracking and head control.
3) M-Pesa by Safaraicom: This initiative aims to eliminate poverty through accessible technology. M-PESA is a mobile money transfer system allowing families to send money home to rural villages, no bank account required. It is used by over 17 million Kenyans and is safer than carrying cash. This product helps its users navigate financial fluctuations caused by crop failures, droughts, political upheaval and personal health issues; and lifted 194,000 households, or 2 percent of the country’s households, out of poverty. M-PESA is now in Afghanistan, South Africa, India, Romania, Albania and Tanzania.
EDIT DX not only captivated those involved in the field of design, but also the urban developers, health care practitioners, futurists and climate change activists with the projects and ideas that are transforming our planet and giving us hope for a better future.
The Design Exchange, Canada’s only cultural institution dedicated to design excellence and preservation of design heritage, plans on producing this 10-day world-scale international design festival every two years.
To see more from the event and our favourite installations, look through our gallery below.
This article is written by Julienne Diva, our Senior Designer. For more, visit @VeritasComm on Twitter.