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NEWS: Nunavut March 26, 2013 - 11:34 am

Mock iceberg to promote Arctic building designs at 2014 display in Italy

“Arctic Adaptations” will present “innovative architecture proposals rooted in Nunavut’s distinct land, climate and culture"

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This artist's depiction shows the mock-iceberg-like design planned for the Canadian pavilion at the2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture. (HANDOUT IMAGE)
This artist's depiction shows the mock-iceberg-like design planned for the Canadian pavilion at the2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture. (HANDOUT IMAGE)

An iceberg-like pavilion is headed towards a 2014 architectural show in Venice, Italy — to promote the 15th anniversary of the creation of Nunavut.

“Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” will represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada announced March 26.

That’s an architecture exhibition and competition which they compare to the “Olympics of architecture.”

“Arctic Adaptations” will present “innovative architecture proposals rooted in Nunavut’s distinct land, climate and culture, reflecting local traditions of migration, mobility and seasonality,” said a March 26 news release.

“It will also explore how, in light of dramatic environmental, social and economic forces that are transforming the Arctic today, architecture might help nurture robust, prosperous and vibrant northern communities,” the release said.

The exhibition will be organized and curated by an architectural firm in Toronto, called Lateral Office.

The advisory council to the “Arctic Adaptations” project includes, among others, former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and 
Kirt Ejesiak
 of Iqaluit.

Working in collaboration with five Nunavut-based organizations, Qaggiavuut, the Nunavut Housing Corp., Stantec and the Qaujigiartiit health research centre and the Ilisaqsivik Society, five design teams, with experience working in the North, plan to develop architectural design proposals along five themes.

Those themes include health, education, housing, recreation, and arts – “that are significant for nurturing robust and vibrant northern communities.”

“Each team will be responsible for one of the themes and will create a design proposal that responds to regional as well as local challenges,” the Canada Council said.

The Canada Council provided $184,000 towards the project, which represents 18 per cent of its $1 million total cost.

The project’s website reveals that “an ambitious fundraising campaign to create an outstanding exhibition” is now underway to raise money for the project.

The Biennale takes place in Venice, Italy from June 7 to Nov. 23, 2014, and will receive more than 350,000 visitors.

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