Last week we announced that Autodesk's Toronto office will be moving to the MaRS Discovery District next fall! MaRS is one of the largest innovation hubs in the world with residents engaged in things like Health Care, Cleantech, Social Impact and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).
This is a great combination of industries as Autodesk Toronto has teams covering all of these areas, including Maya for film and games, Alias for product and automotive design, digital art and fabrication.
From a research perspective, this puts us closer to the local universities as well as hospital research groups. It's also right across the street from the Ontario legislature which sees lots of important visitors from Canada and around the world.
The Living, creators of the Hy-Fi installation at New York's MoMA and designers on Bjork's immersive Black Lake music project, will be leading the design and have already shared one concept of how the bright, ground floor space may look. It is conceived as part gallery, part makerspace while being flexible enough to host events to engage with the public.
A number of government leaders were at the announcement. Toronto Mayor John Tory said:
“I, as Mayor, want the game changers, the disrupters – we want them growing here. Autodesk is a game changer.”
“Our job is to understand and explore future technology trends and to invent new tech,” said Gordon Kurtenbach, senior director of research at Autodesk. “Our new space will give creators in the community access to a collaborative environment, enabling the next generation of makers and doers to push their crafts into new and unexpected directions with our design tools.”
Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS said, “Autodesk’s 3D design leadership is evident in products and services around the world and across a broad range of industries. This capability is at the core of breakthrough innovation and will be incredibly valuable to our community. We know that amazing things will come from this expanded collaboration.”
This is very exciting news for everyone involved! You can read more about this on Autodesk's In the Fold blog.