May 6 2015
Entuitive and PCL Team Up for Canstruction Toronto 2015
Entuitive teamed up with PCL Construction to design and construct an exhibit for Canstruction Toronto 2015 – an event involving participants from the design, architecture and engineering industries organized by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) with the assistance of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (which represents 200 engineering companies) and the Design Exchange (a museum dedicated to design excellence and heritage). The event’s vision and purpose is to gather food donations and raise public awareness to fight hunger and poverty, placing the spotlight on design, architecture and engineering firms giving back to the communities that they helped to build.
The Entuitive/PCL Construction team chose the theme of ‘Form Follows Nature’ inspired by biomimicry as nature is the ultimate architect, engineer and builder. The Calla Lily was selected to represent the form of the exhibit because it is an incredibly resilient and beautiful flower. The team used parametric modeling to evolve the design allowing the unique, organic form of the lily to be captured. The parametric process also ensured structural rigidity without compromising the delicate lines of the flower’s natural form.
Biomimicry allows us to step back and see how nature solves its problems making use of available resources to ensure survival. These same principles can be applied to alleviating hunger. If society can work together to better distribute our available resources as is often evidenced in nature, we can collectively work towards solving the problem of hunger.
Check out a short time-lapse video showing the construction of our exhibit:
This was a highly collaborative process – from the design conceptualization to the modelling of optimal build solutions to the construction of the exhibit. And they had a lot of fun along the way supporting a great cause – over 70,000 pounds of food was donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank! Congratulations to the entire team on a fantastic effort!
Entuitive and PCL Construction Team Members:
Sean St Hill