Consular Christmas Market at Dudoc

Dudoc Vancouver worked closely with the Dutch Consulate to host the first ever Consular Christmas Market with representatives from 15 different countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The market was an excellent opportunity for guests to experience international cultures, cuisines, crafts and other specialties while networking with the various consulates to explore collaborating on future community and business ventures. With a multi-lingual Swiss choir and yodeling, soloists and a silent auction of artisan gifts, restaurants and travel opportunities, guests were able to experience international culture in a unique setting of Dudoc’s innovative products and World of Walas‘ urban development. All proceeds from the Consular Christmas Market benefit the SOS Children’s Village BC which works towards improving the quality of life for foster children and families.
In our increasingly globalized world, Dudoc is proud to be an international hub for fostering international relationships that strength Vancouver’s business community.

Building on past successes at Buildex, Walas Concepts and Dudoc Vancouver have been asked by the tradeshow to represent the latest innovative building trends from Europe at Buildex 2018. We are excited to represent these building trends through an exhibition and educational sessions. Buildex Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. With over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars Buildex attracts over 14,000 attendees annually.

Our representation of innovative building trends will be done in an interdisciplinary pavilion of partners that include a mix of start-ups and established firms, educational providers and/or governmental organizations. We offer exhibits and presentations. The goal of this pavilion is to provide examples of innovative approaches and tools that make cities and buildings more sustainable.

The topic of this year’s pavilion is Smart Cities, Smart Buildings. Given that our urban cores are expanding, the demand for natural resources is increasing, while the supply of those resources is depleting at a fast pace, it is becoming of growing importance to create systems of integrated and efficient operation. The use of information and communication technologies in buildings and cities is essential to provide for a more interactive and smart critical infrastructure. Furthermore, the integration of smart technologies and systems provides an opportunity to gather data and then use that information to analyze and improve efficiency. Technological innovations have the capacity to add efficiency, interconnectness and long-term sustainability. We are looking forward to sharing the latest innovative buildings trends from Europe on this topic.

If you offer innovations, technologies and approaches to making our cities smarter and more efficient, we think you might be interested in this opportunity. To learn more Buildex Vancouver, the market or if you want to apply, please contact Dudoc Vancouver. For European inquiries, contact Irene Kinderman at ikinderman@teamwalas.com. If you are located in North-America, please contact Kitty Verduin at kverduin@teamwalas.com.

Dudoc is excited to announce our newest partner from the Netherlands: Duraflow. This forward thinking company specializes in Phase Changing Materials, an innovative and sustainable alternative to the traditional way of air conditioning. The system provides you with healthy energy solutions at a highly affordable price.

Duraflow, in cooperation with Autarkis, succeeded in applying phase changing materials in a smart way. This makes it possible to stabilize indoor temperatures and greatly reduce the power that is needed for heating and cooling. The energy savings result in reduced CO2-emissions and a more affordable energy bill. Another great advantage of Duraflow’s installation is the decreased need for maintenance to the climate installation.

Come by Dudoc to learn more about Phase Changing Materials and become familiar with their innovative way of cooling and heating.

Dudoc is marking our third anniversary in Vancouver at our new location. Three years ago, Dudoc opened on West Georgia. “It has been an exciting time working with Vancouverites on sustainable innovations for urban communities”, says CEO Gerben van Straaten. “The move to Frances Street marks new chapters for Dudoc and the World of Walas. There is a dynamic community energy here and we look forward to expanding our initiatives on many levels from this location.”

The place has been buzzing with activities this past month. We were thrilled to have the Dutch Cycling Embassy present at an event organized by Modacity which sold out in 24 hours! Women Transforming Cities October Café focussed on “Designing Cities which Work for Women and Girls” and the Strathcona BIA (Business Improvement Association) hosted businesses, municipal and community reps took an unique planning approach for the future of transportation and mobility in this diverse neighbourhood.

On Wednesday, November 29, Walas Concepts‘ Wilco van Bemmel and Stephen Popovich will present at the Building Show Toronto 2018. The presentation presents a sneak peek of the latest European building innovations.

European Building Innovations Presentation
High energy prices, strict government policies and severe resiliency challenges make Europe a hotbed for building innovations. This session aims to explore the ingenuity in the building industry by examining the latest trends and approaches that have been implemented across Europe to reduce energy consumption and introduce greener solutions. It will also look at how these innovations relate to the challenges in the Canadian context. Some of the subjects that will be discussed are large-scale solar energy integration in urban environments, using algae as a source of energy in buildings, smart energy management systems, gradual greening strategies for existing buildings and urban food systems. These projects show in particular how their approaches balance both ecological and economic sustainability.

About the speakers
Wilco van Bemmel, as COO of Walas Concepts, specializes in sustainable community and socio-economic development. In his projects, he introduces European innovations to revitalize existing neighbourhoods and builds partnerships between community groups, businesses, cities and agencies to improve affordability, economic vitality and sustainability. On behalf of European innovators, he implements solutions for high-performance buildings, local food and clean energy in the North American market.

As CDO of Walas Concepts, Stephen Popovich works at the intersection of landscape, urban design, architecture, ecology and economics. He is an expert in applying a collaborative model that engages the community as a strategic partner, focusing design around the social agenda of communities, and how people connect and interact. As a Partner of a Dutch-Canadian group of companies, Stephen has hands on experience successfully translating European concepts and innovations to the North American context.

Can Vancouver go Dutch? The Dutch people are well known for several things: creating innovative products, being highly sustainable and generating enthusiasm for cycling. In a country where there are 25% more bikes than there are people, it is no wonder that at least 48% of trips in the capital city of Amsterdam is done by bicycle.

On October 5th, Dudoc Vancouver was proud to host “Can Vancouver Go Dutch?,” an event organized by Modacity and the Dutch Cycling Embassy. Over 100 people attended to hear from speakers on how we can bridge the gap between the Dutch cycling rates of 27% of all trips and the Canadian national cycling rates of 2% of all trips.

Vancouver is one of the forerunners in Canada’s bikable cities. With a cycling double that of the national average, Vancouver now faces many of the challenges that the Dutch people had to contend with in making their country more bikable decades ago. Dudoc is proud to a part of this knowledge sharing between European and North American cities and we look forward to seeing the progress that Vancouver makes in diversifying their transportation infrastructure.

The Belgian House is Dudoc’s first partner from Belgium. The company imports and distributes unique Belgian design products in Canada and is now showcasing them at Dudoc Vancouver. Following a very successful exhibition at Vancouver’s 2017 Interior Design Show, The Belgian House team is displaying an array of Belgian designs to enhance home, offices and the outdoors. The products will appeal to architects, interior designers and retailers.

Founders Marianne Cauwels and her daughter Ines Van Goethem describe Belgian design as playful, personal and rather extraordinary! As a team, they ensure craftsmanship, quality and ethical production in what they offer. We are excited to welcome Western Canada at Dudoc to see some of these innovative Belgian designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few weeks ago, for the first time, we welcomed guests into our new home at 1489 Frances Street at our Block Party on September 20, 2017. It was great to have so many neighbours contribute, see so many old and new faces, and host a mix of children, families and business professionals. We had an amazing time getting to know each other, looking at art and listening to music, playing games while having beers and ice cream.

We know that this neighbourhood is filled with talented, skilled, creative and friendly people. This was the first step to getting to know who is around us, and learning about the surrounding businesses and residents.

Special thanks to:

– Centre Skateboard Distribution (http://centredistribution.com)

– Earnest Icecream (http://earnesticecream.com)

– Golden Era Food Truck (https://www.yelp.ca/biz/golden-era-burger-vancouver)

– Liz Hammond (https://www.honestlysocial.ca)

– MET Fine Printers (http://www.metprinters.com)

– Open Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/opengallery.ca/)

– Porchlight Press (http://porchlightpress.com)

– Public (http://publicdesign.ca)

– Rangate (http://rangate.com)

– Sam Chimes (http://www.samchimes.com)

– Space (http://www.spacetospace.co)

– The Butler Did It (http://www.butlerdiditcatering.com

Photos credit to Liz Hammond and Vincent Chiu

During this workshop the guests showcased different approaches of sustainable neighborhood transformation projects. In an open discussion, the experiences in the Netherlands and Canada were compared with the ambition to get the best out of both worlds and to join forces.

Dutch professor Anke van Hal, Delft University of Technology and Nyenrode Business University, is specialized in the transformation of existing houses and neighborhoods in a sustainable way. She has been an expert on the Dutch Energiesprong program. She lives temporarily in Canada and got inspired by several Canadian projects. In her presentation, she shared her experiences in both countries and highlighted ideas about a successful approach of neighborhoods that resulted from her search in these two countries.

Other guest speakers were Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze of the Pembina Institute and Mr. Wilco van Bemmel, Affordable Housing specialist from World of Walas. They each reacted to professor van Hal’s findings with a short presentation of their experiences and discussed the opportunities to successfully improve the living quality of existing neighborhoods in a sustainable way.

At 1489 Frances Street, Dudoc Vancouver’s new home offers the creativity and space to demonstrate our partners to let you experience the advantages of these innovations. More than just an exhibition centre, we try our partners’ products first hand.

One of the prime examples is our partner TAG Safety&Security (TS&S).  In the midst of renovations and making 1489 Frances operational, the installation was done in minutes. In the past, relocating the alarm system was a hassle for us – having to open up walls and ceilings, pull cords and power. With TS&S no power or cables are needed, which ensures no disruption to our work. This system is greatly innovative as it will work under any circumstance and works completely wireless. We are very pleased with the 24/7 monitoring and can highly recommend it to those in need of a high-end, but truly affordable, security system. Want to know more about TS&S? Come visit us at 1489 Frances Street.

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Consular Christmas Market at Dudoc

05-12-2017
Dudoc Vancouver worked closely with the Dutch Consulate to host the first ever Consular Christmas Market with representatives from 15 different countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The market was an excellent opportunity for guests to experience international cultures, cuisines, crafts and other specialties while networking with the various consulates to explore collaborating on future community and business ventures.
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Dudoc is excited to announce our newest partner from the Netherlands: Duraflow. This forward thinking company specializes in Phase Changing Materials, an innovative and sustainable alternative to the traditional way of air conditioning. The system provides you with healthy energy solutions at a highly affordable price.
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25-11-2017
Dudoc is marking our third anniversary in Vancouver at our new location. Three years ago, Dudoc opened on West Georgia.
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On Wednesday, November 29, Walas Concepts' Wilco van Bemmel and Stephen Popovich will present at the Building Show Toronto 2018. The presentation presents a sneak peek at the latest European building innovations.
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