Canada’s northern perspective honoured in Italy
Designers, architects and carvers team up for show
The Venice Biennale has awarded Canada’s Arctic Adaptations as one of the top exhibits at the international architectural show.
As part of the project called Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, design teams from across Canada created Nunavut-specific designs, which appear on display at the renowned annual architectural show in Venice, Italy.
A handful of design teams made up of university architecture students, architects with expertise in Nunavut and the North, and Nunavut-based organizations, each focused on one of five themes in their design: health, housing, education, arts and recreation.
Arctic Adaptations also offers viewers miniature three-dimensional scale models of each Nunavut community and its terrain, with a photo accompanying the mini-town models.
The event’s jury awarded Arctic Adaptations a special mention June 7 for its “in-depth study of how modernity adapts to a unique climatic condition and a local minority culture.”
The exhibit also marks Nunavut’s 15th anniversary.
Arctic Adaptations remains on display at a show’s Canadian pavilion until November 2014. The exhibit will return to Canada in 2015.