Sala Grads think to the Future at SALON 19

May 31 - June 2

Sala Grads think to the Future at SALON 19

Dudoc will be transformed May 31 – June 2 by SALON 2019, an exhibition of work from this year’s graduates at UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

A curated selection of the students’ Masters thesis projects will be creatively displayed throughout the Walas Innovation Centre. Recently ranked as the number one architecture school in Canada, SALA’s grad exhibit is a chance to discover some of their latest ideas and to discuss pressing issues in contemporary architecture with guest speakers, up-and-coming architects, industry reps and other interested attendees.

Everyone is welcome at these free events! Join us for the opening reception on Friday May 31 at 7pm. The exhibition and programming continues Friday and Saturday and includes a range of speakers. Stay tuned to find out times and topics!

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

In early May, people around the world honour visionary activist and writer, Jane Jacobs. On the eve of the Vancouver Jane’s Walks weekend, the Walas Innovation Centre will be screening the award-winning documentary about Jacobs at 7 pm at 1489 Frances Street.

In the film, Citizen Jane, Jacobs takes on New York construction kingpin Robert Moses who planned to raze lower Manhattan for a highway which threatened the very soul of the communities. As her work evolved, Jane championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building and urban living.

Jane Jacobs is a significant inspiration for World of Walas projects. Passionately believing that cities are for everyone, Jacob’s activism and writing showcases how cities can work well if everybody raises their voice and is involved in creating them.

Our sister Innovations Centre in Hamburg Germany will also be screening the Citizen Jane film as people in over 50 countries embark on Jane’s Walks in their neighbourhoods.

Stay tuned for an East Vancouver Jane’s Walk and reserve your seat now for Thursday, May 2’s screening at Dudoc Vancouver.

‘The “Blaakes Bos” – A cheeky example of Rotterdam’s architectural verve’
Credit: GETTY

For the second year in a row, students from Rotterdam, one of Europe’s leading cities in urban sustainability, are coming to see the initiatives and opportunities in Vancouver and at Dudoc. On April 24th, we are welcoming the business students at our Innovation Centre to show them how, with our European partners, we move Vancouver’s sustainability in the building realm forward. In return, we get to hear the exciting projects they are working on. Here is a snapshot of the themes:

  • Sustainable Cities – comparative study between Rotterdam and Vancouver on government and business initiatives
  • Bike Economy – influence of cycling on local economies and society along with recommendations for bike manufacturers, retailers, schools and local government based on Dutch bike history and latest developments
  • Sustainable Dutch products and services – Fair Phone
  • Food Waste – problems and solutions currently implemented by companies in the Netherlands and Canada

As part of the audience, we’ve invited the Emerging Green Professionals (EGPs) from the Canadian Green Building Council. Both groups will bring valuable input to the table to stimulate ideas and benefit from this unique intercultural exchange.Connect with us if you would like to be part of this values powered exchange!

What can cardboard be used for? Or rather, what can cardboard NOT be used for?

Learn from award-winning German designer Maximilian Hansen how cardboard is transforming the building industry. His expertise: exhibitions, interior design, and drywall.

Using a technique developed by CellX, one of Dudoc’s newest partners, this ultra-light and stable cardboard is also fire retardant. With this radical new feature, cardboard may excel above many other building materials and we are excited to learn how.

Tentative schedule for the evening:

6:30 pm Greeting and mingling in the Walas Innovations Centre

7:00 pm Welcoming from Dudoc

7:10 pm Maximilian Hansen, CEO and co-founder of Nordwerk Design

7:40 pm Q & A

8:00 pm Networking

On April 2, learn the latest about proposed arterial travel routes between Strathcona and Great Northern Way and let the community panel know what you’d like. The workshop runs from 7pm – 9pm, at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, 1607 East Hastings Street.

Curious about the public input from the March 5 community workshop? Find out more about this, other False Creek Flats Community Panel plans and ways to participate.  They have been meeting at Dudoc this winter and will be sending their recommendations to City Council later this year.


Reminder – seating is limited and requires advance sign up via Eventbrite, or by calling 778-381-9121.

2019 sees the BC TECH Summit celebrate its fourth year as western Canada’s largest technology conference. It is a platform that sparks meaningful conversations, educates and inspires business growth opportunities in every industry.

The #BCTECHSummit takes B.C.’s innovation economy and elevates it to a global scale by bringing together business and technology leaders from every corner of B.C. and around the world to exchange ideas, insights and opportunities. The BC Tech Summit attracted over 5,600 attendees last year in primarily the technology, research, industrial, and senior government industries.

Between March 11th and 13th, World of Walas will be exhibiting on the latest in European Innovations as part of a collaboration with the EU Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dudoc Vancouver, Walas Innovation Centre, 1489 Frances Street, Vancouver

Registration Open: 3:30pm ǀ Welcome and Presentations: 4:00pm

Networking and Reception-style Dinner: 6pm ǀ Presentations Resume: 7pm ǀ Conclusion: 8:15pm

Is all optimization created equal? Perhaps not. While off-site construction continues to surge, prefabrication practices may provide only modest improvements in real productivity and value. Demands on construction in the 21st century are accelerating faster than at any time in the sector’s history, while expectations on costs, performance and timeliness continue to rise. With declining numbers of skilled construction workers, a transformative change is needed to meet the rising demands.

This education and networking event, which includes a stand-up reception-style dinner, brings together three experts – a manufacturer, a contractor and an architect/inventor – each of whom has delivered innovative and sustainable projects. The speakers will highlight how incorporating pre-fabricated elements can enhance speed, reduce cost and deliver improved building performance. But there’s more to prefabrication than just moving indoors, as European practitioners have discovered. This is an essential event that will elevate conventional construction knowledge and practice.

Lucas Epp, P. Eng at StructureCraft will highlight how various types of mass timber can deliver efficiencies on site. Rod Nadeau with Innovation Building will present 35 energy conservation measures for contractors which he implemented on a multi-family residential project in Whistler to deliver a high-performance building at a conventional code cost. Finally, Mikko Viljakainen, managing director at PUU Info in Finland will showcase some of the optimization practices in use in Finland to address many of the same issues we face in Canada – trade shortages, increasing costs, speed of construction and high-performance expectations.

Join us for this enlightening and informative evening with these experts who will share their experiences and vision for the construction sector and deliver practical ideas and knowledge to your design and building practice.

Who should attend: This program is designed for large and small contractors, multi-family residential homebuilders, developers, project managers and suppliers to the construction sector.

Registration Fees:

ICBA and VRCA Members — $59+gst

Regular Registration — $79+gst

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8th
More info found online at

At the end of the first day of Buildex, come and join other industry professionals to discuss new concepts and discoveries you made! Not attending Buildex? Come anyway and hear other people’s learnings firsthand!

This event is partially sponsored and co-organized in unique collaboration with Passive House Canada.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Address: The Irish Heather Long Table, 210 Carrall St, Vancouver
Fee: $15 + tax, includes canapés and a drink

6.30pm Arrival and mingling
6.45pm Welcome and a word from our sponsors
7pm Networking and sharing your learnings

This event is brought to you by World of Walas, in partnership with ZEBx and Passive House Canada, sponsored by SIGA Cover.

Register via Passive House Canada.

Enjoy a social evening at the Walas Innovation Centre and discover architectural trends and differences from across the Atlantic. Join our diverse audience featuring architects, engineers and European innovators to learn the latest European trends and how impactful they will be in Canada.

We will hear from the international speaker, author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, and World of Walas CEO Gerben van Straaten while enjoying fantastic Italian food, kindly sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce.


For almost 30 years, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West (ICCC) has championed  business, trade and investment exchanges between Italy and Western Canada.

As one of the most active and respected bilateral trade organizations in the west, the ICCC customizes business solutions for Italian and Canadian companies wishing to enter international markets. One of its latest ventures is the which lets you discover genuine Italian design sources in Vancouver.

During this trade mission, the ICCC featured flavours of Italy at an architectural and design event held at the Walas Innovation Centre.

Between February 11th and 15th, World of Walas will be organizing a 5-day trade mission with 11 innovation European companies. For 5 full days, participants will engage with the BC market, connect with local experts, counterparts and potential customers, and showcase their innovations at Western Canada’s largest building conference. The mission is designed to connect European innovations in sustainability to the North American market and to open dialogue in how to bring innovations to new markets.

On Monday, February 11th, our partners will join us as we explore the market, and receive exclusive presentations from the Vancouver Economic Commission on Vancouver’s Sustainable City Strategy, the British Columbia Provincial Energy Step Code Building Program, and the Federal Government of Canada on Canada’s Innovation Business Development support programs.

On Tuesday, February 12th, our partners will join us on a guided tour of British Columbia Institute’s for Technology (BCIT) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) survey the market by experiencing the leading innovations present in British Columbia through their centre for Zero Emission Buildings, Centre for Architectural Ecology, Smart Grid Oasis, Gateway Solar Panels and High Performance Building Lab.

In the evening, we’ll be hosting a special Architect Evening and Social, where our CEO, Gerben van Straaten will give a presentation to the community and network of urban professionals that we have grown for the past 4.5 years in Vancouver. Our partners will be able to mingle with the leaders and key stakeholders of Canada’s urban development economy.

Join us on Wednesday, February 13th, when we collaborate with Passive House Canada to join the Passive House building community in Vancouver and our partners in European Innovations for a fun night of drinks, appetizers and casual networking.

On Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th, World of Walas will return to Buildex in to present the 2019 European Innovation Pavilion. Buildex is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. Over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attract over 14,000 attendees annually.  World of Walas was asked to build on the success of the European Pavilion in 2018 with an expanded program. Our CEO, Gerban van Straaten will be presenting an international Keynote (Session T34) at Buildex. Click here to register.

Finally, our partners will join us once again at our Centre for Innovation for one-on-one meetings on Friday, February 15th, where they will follow-up with leads, and potential business opportunities before concluding their trade mission.

For more information on the World of Walas Trade Mission, please visit

Learn more here for our Wednesday Social with Passive House Canada.

Learn more here about our Tuesday Architect Evening and Social.

If you are interested in Wednesday, February 13th – Thursday, February 14th Buildex European Innovation Pavilion, please contact us at to learn more.

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