October 16 2020 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre

Full Delegate Pass $225: registration opens soon!

Continuing education hours included

BIO: Building in Nature

Human activities are now the dominant influence on climate, ecosystems and biodiversity. Clearly our buildings and cities can no longer justify outsized demands on land, materials, energy, water and resources.

Today’s visionary practitioners have rejected the Anthropocene model and are building with an ecological mindset. They are leveraging natural processes in design, materials, construction, and operations to create a deeper integration between biology and our urban developments.

On October 16 2020, the annual Green Building Festival explores some of the most innovative approaches for buildings and cities to both mimic and nurture ecosystems.

GBF20 will showcase groundbreaking innovative bio-inspired projects:

- Learn how the Roissy airport façade uses the thermal properties of zebra stripes to reduce cooling loads and depollute the air

- Hear how Demain Montréal, a C-40 award winning Carbon Positive mixed-use development, integrates community engagement, urban farming, decarbonized construction and a strategy to capture carbon during the operational phase

- Any many more inspiring examples of building in nature

Attend GBF20 and explore Biodiversity, Biomimicry, Biogenics, Bioresources, Bioeconomy and other generative processes that strive to achieve circularity and the enhancement of nature in the built environment.

Registration opens soon with an early bird rate of only $225 for a full day of inspired thought leadership in green buildings and sustainable cities.

Date: October 16  2020, 8 am – 7 pm
Location: Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre, 525 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5G 2L2 CANADA
Cost: Full Delegate Pass $225 (early bird rate for a limited time)
Pass includes: Action packed full day of inspiring speakers and expert programming, meals, networking reception, continuing education hours certificate for GBCI, OAA, OALA, OPPI & PEO

We are pleased to offer delegates a preferred hotel room rate of $239 per night at the Festival venue, the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

To reserve, please book directly with the venue online or call toll-free 1-800-905-0667.


Daniel Pearl
Architect and Founder, l’ŒUF


In 1992, Daniel Pearl founded l’ŒUF (l’Office de l’Éclectisme Urbain et Fonctionnel) with Mark Poddubiuk, where he works mainly in the fields of environmental architecture, urban housing, residential and commercial renovation. Danny is also a professor specializing in architectural research, criticism and theory. For more than seventeen years, l’ŒUF has developed its reputation particularly in the fields of sustainable and environmental architecture. The expertise of the partners is recognized for the architectural quality of their projects, their technical and professional skills and their active participation in the academic, professional and community context. This expertise is always based on the search for a balance between the appropriate technique, the economic feasibility, the architectural expression and the environmental impact of the project.

Steven Ware
Architect and Partner, Art&Build Architects

Born in London and raised in Jamaica, Steven studied biology at Western University and architecture at the Architectural Association. As a partner with Art&Build architects, he steers the development and application of bio-adaptive design principles, seeking new ways to fuse ethics and aesthetics. With decades of design awards behind them, the Europe-based practice features an internal Lab whose teams work with biologists, academics, industrialists and research groups to develop biomimetic concepts which can be transferred to mainstream construction practice. Notable projects include Europe’s largest new healthcare project - Nantes teaching hospital - and dozens of mass timber projects both delivered and under construction across Europe. Steven lectures widely on subjects that bridge biology and the built environment, exploring the very nature of intelligence informing architects and the building sector at large.

2020 Sponsors

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