Montréal, August 28, 2012 – DE Design + Environment, one of CEIM’s clients, was selected as the lead design firm for the conceptualization and detailed design of the Rio Conventions Pavilion, including the structural concerns, environmental graphics, and visitor experience. The Rio Conventions Pavilion was a 600 m2 venue at the Rio+20 conference which focused on global sustainable development. The conference was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 14 to 24, 2012. World leaders, political delegates, NGOs, IGOs, business leaders, and civil society gathered at this conference to chart a path forward for global society. The Rio Conventions Pavilion had the specific purpose of hosting plenary meetings and conventions on the topics related to the three Conventions that came from the original Rio Conference in 1992: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on the Conservation of Biological Diversity (UNCBD), and the UN Convention on Combatting Dersertification (UNCCD). World experts and political leaders gathered to present projects, ideas, and to debate progress made on areas of sustainable development ranging from the quality of the oceans to land degradation, to gender equality.
DE’s design approach encouraged interactivity on the part of visitors with the graphics and the space. The result was a dynamic experience that attracted heads of state, movie stars, and even Miss Universe to provide their perspective on sustainable development and how humanity can move forward. Many regular attendees to international environmental and political conferences made a point of saying that DE’s design took the Rio Conventions Pavilion “to a new level”.
DE’s clients for this project were the United Nations Secretariat for the Conservation of Biological Diversity, and the Global Environmental Facility at the World Bank.