Lloyd Alter

The Best of The Toronto International Design Festival

by , 01/27/10

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There have been many design events circling around the big Interior Design Show in Toronto for years, but this is the first time they have all been rolled together into one big festival. The normally snowy January was springlike, without a flake to be seen. This TreeHugger was going to cover it from start to finish, but was completely outclassed by flying squads from Mocoloco and Designboom, so this post will round up the best of all the coverage from the show.

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The fun began with an extraordinary conference about design in a world without oil. Jesse Ashlock, the last editor of the late lamented ID magazine, coined the best phrase of the event, saying that we face a choice in our future, that of Greed vs self denial or restraint. Or, as Ashlock so cleverly summarized it: Gecko vs Eco.

More at Treehugger: Jesse Ashlock Says We Have Two Options: “Gecko or Eco”

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The consensus was clear that we have a real problem. We consume one cubic mile of oil ever year, and to replace the energy from all that oil we would have to build four dams the size of the Three Gorges Dam, 52 nuclear power plants, or 104 coal fired power plants. All the Tesla roadsters in the world won’t make much of a difference. I summarized the morning in Oil is too important to burn in cars.

Designboom got great interviews with Fritz Haeg of Edible Estates fame, as well as Bruce Mau, who doesn’t want to live in a world without oil. Or Karim Rashid.

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