TED CONFERENCE VANCOUVER
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The pop-up TED theater was designed to create a sense of intimacy. The idea was to create a circular stage with the audience wrapping a full 180 degrees around it, and to have all the seating levels raked so that the distance between the speaker on stage and the last row was never more than 80 feet.
The theater was designed as individual boxes ranging from 8’ x 12’ x 20’ to lengths of around 40’ which fit together for easy assembly. Each individual box withstands the dynamic forces imposed when moved and, in total, it’s designed to stand up to the normal live/dead loads in any other building. The theater build was scheduled down to the hour, and there was zero wiggle-room in timing, as it needed to be ready for speaker rehearsals on Sunday.
The theatre for TED’s Flagship Conference was built nearby with more than 8,000 structural glulam components and 6,000 sheathing elements created with the help of CNC machining and arrives at Vancouver Convention Center each year on 70 step deck trailers.