From December 6th to 7th, Kwantlen Polytechnic University held their Technical Apparel Design graduating class exhibition of innovative products at Dudoc Vancouver. They premiered creative and well researched designs featuring the intersection between technology, technical expertise and apparel.
The Wilson School of Design students also did presentations of their final projects which were very well received by the Industry Committee of leaders in apparel and technology, retailers and professors. The following day, we held a public reception and mini-presentations for a wide range of industry, designers, friends and family. This group included well established designers and tech enthusiasts.
Inspired by nature and the city, the students researched, designed, built and tested the technical apparel prototypes for their beneficial applications. Three students created clothing to improve a cyclist’s ride. One student designer used a fabric which is resistant to damage from falls. It also retains heat, keeps the cyclist dry while also looking very professional for important office meetings. Another student designed better fitting cycling shorts for women to help reduce friction and injuries when mountain biking. To avoid unwelcome sweat stains on the back when cycling, someone else designed a commuter backpack with good airflow. The backpack also minimizes pressure on the back.
Women in any sport often have challenges finding a comfortable bra. One student’s extensive research resulted in a bra which helps reduce pain, irritation and injuries during active workouts.
For the fly fishing specialist, another graduate designed a brace to increase casting accuracy which also helps reduce injury. Wherever we go now in the city or outdoors we seem to have a number of gadgets to take along. One student created a compact, easily portable and multi-compartment bag to help transport our many tech gadgets!
Each student’s thorough research helped identify leading edge materials to accomplish their goals. Their designs also showed a deep understanding of the physical human condition. Furthermore, it shows how it relates to the apparel we choose to live our lives in.
The KPU technical apparel graduation activities were also an opportunity for the Dudoc team. We explained some of our innovative products. It also offered the chance for visitors to browse through the showroom. As apparel specialists, attendees were particularly interested in Sheltersuit, the award winning Dutch designed garment which combines a very warm jacket with a sleeping bag for refugees and homeless people. Others were drawn to the top calibre crafts displayed by Belgian House and the wooden Bough Bikes attracted the cyclists in the crowd. For some with a broad interest in design, sustainability and innovation, Duraflow’s phase changing cooling and heating system and the TS&S wireless security system were of interest.
Dudoc Vancouver is very pleased that the well-regarded Wilson School of Design choose our space for their exhibit. We look forward to hosting other creative designers in the future to expand awareness and use of our space as an access-to-innovations centre and hub.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are located in North-America, please contact Kitty Verduin at email@example.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.
High energy prices, strict government policies and severe resiliency challenges make Europe a hotbed for building innovations. This session at the Building Show Toronto explores the ingenuity in the building industry. We will examine the latest trends and approaches that are 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 discussion subjects are large-scale solar energy integration in urban environments. Examples are 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.
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 neighborhoods. Wilco also builds partnerships between community groups, businesses, cities and agencies to improve affordability, economic vitality and sustainability. On behalf of European innovators, he implements Dudoc Vancouver’s partner 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. Stephen does so by 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.
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