Douglas Fir lumber donated by Corporation from its sawmill in Adams Lake will be providing good cover to a market in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The wood forms part of a structure dubbed the Lions Marquee and used at a conference to show 1,000 of the world’s leading thinkers and doers the beauty of wood.
Built for TED2015, the marquee 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 and Design under the direction of the not-for-profit DBR – Design Build Research Institute.
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 B.C.’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, 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 re-purposed for future use in the community.”
The marquee was located next to the Vancouver Conference Centre where TED – the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading – recently held its annual conference.