This exhibition marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, in 1999, and its rapid rise.
Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 surveys a century of arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projected near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Each of these components documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines an adapting role for architecture moving forward.
The exhibition environment is comprised of three integrated elements: (1) soapstone carvings of little-known, but significant works of architecture, (2) topographic models and photographs of each of the 25 communities in Nunavut, and (3) a series of 15 architecture models with integrated animations projecting a 15-year vision for addressing current challenges in access and delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation.
Carvings were completed in January and March 2014 through a collaboration with Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. Photography was completed in 2013-2014 in collaboration with Nick Illauq, an Inuk photographer based in Clyde River, and includes 25 original photographs from residents. Topographic models were completed through information gathered from each of the 25 hamlets, towns, and cities in Nunavut. Animated architectural models were completed through collaborations of 5 design teams made of a Nunavut-based organization, a Canadian School of Architecture, and an Architecture practice with knowledge and familiarity in working in Canada’s North.
It argues that a modern Inuit culture continues to evolve that merges the traditional and the contemporary in unique and innovative ways. Can architecture, which has largely failed this region both technically and socially, be equally innovative and adaptive?
Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.
Le cabinet Lateral Office a dirigé et organisé l’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique : Nunavut à 15 ans, avec l’aide de l’Institut royal d’architecture du Canada, et du Conseil des arts du Canada. Le Musée des beaux-arts de Winnipeg se chargera de la tournée avec le soutien du Programme d’aide aux musées du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, et du commanditaire principal Manuvie.