This week, Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations
) pairs up with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC
) in Vancouver to host the 2010 Design Currency Design Week
. This will be the perfect chance for architects and designers to hear international experts speak in presentations, conversations and workshops with topics ranging from "Defining the Value of Design," to "Design and Indigenous Culture." Keynotes and some of the exceptional speakers include the Canadian Green Building Council
founder Peter Busby, Innovation & Design editor of Businessweek Helen Walters, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity
Cameron Sinclair, Philips Design
Global Senior Creative Director of lighting Oscar Pena, and typographic illustrator (of Saks Fifth Avenue, Wallpaper* magazine, WIRED, and The NY Times, to name a few) Marian Bantjes.
The events will also be held in the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre
that can be found downtown right on the waterfront. The center is home to a habitat for marine-life built directly into the foundation and a six-acre 'living roof' which also catches rainwater to irrigate it's indigenous plants. For their green initiatives, the convention center has been awarded the "GO GREEN" certificate and the West building has received LEED® Platinum certification while the East building is pursuing LEED®-EB certification. All-in-all, the Design Currency: Icograda Design Week promises to be a great convention held at an ideal location. Check out the complete list of activities here if you are interested in attending this Pacific Northwest week of design events!