TED2017 Conference Looks to the Future - and Features Interfor Lumber

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
April 27, 2017

Interfor is once again proud to donate quality Douglas-Fir lumber from our Adams Lake mill in British Columbia for an outdoor pavilion at TED2017 in Vancouver. It’s a great way to reflect the TED2017 theme – The Future You.

Wood has an important role to play in our shared future, and the temporary pavilion, known as PAUSE, offers a place of reflection and interaction for the world’s 1,000 top thinkers and doers who are attending the sold-out conference from April 24 to 28.

PAUSE overlooks Vancouver’s magnificent harbor and mountains. It was designed by Alsu Sadrieva who won an international wood design competition led by DBR │Design Build Research, a non-profit institute that teaches the design and construction of socially, culturally and environmentally relevant student-led installations. DBR was co-founded by award-winning Vancouver architect Michael Green who has long been a bold advocate for wood. In 2013, he gave a TED talk on Why we should build wooden skyscrapers.

Wood -- the ultimate natural, renewable and strong building material -- fits perfectly with the TED2017 theme. Thanks to advances in wood products and technologies, it represents the future for sustainable construction. When Brock Commons, a student residence at the University of British Columbia, opens later this year it will be the world’s tallest timber structure – and Interfor provided a third of the lumber.

It’s always an honor to be part of TED, which has shared cutting-edge ideas since 1984. Speakers this year include Tesla’s Elon Musk, tennis star Serena Williams, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Paul Allen and Google’s Larry Page. In 2014, Interfor provided Hem-Fir and Western Red Cedar for TED’s community stage, and we partnered with DBR to build the Lions Marquee in 2015 with Douglas-Fir lumber. This year, PAUSE is expected to become a legacy project, which means it will continue to be enjoyed by the people of Vancouver for years to come.