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“Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” has been selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, often referred to as the “Olympics of architecture”.
Architecture entry celebrates Nunavut

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“Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” has been selected to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, often referred to as the “Olympics of architecture”.

As Nunavut celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2014, Arctic Adaptations will present innovative architecture proposals rooted in Nunavut’s distinct land, climate and culture, reflecting local traditions of migration, mobility and seasonality. 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 exhibition will be organized and curated by Lateral Office of Toronto.

This is the first time Canada will send an exhibition about the country’s north to the Venice Biennale.

“Given the rise in national and international interest in the Arctic, this is a timely exhibition. ‘Arctic Adaptations’ will bring attention and insight to the unique challenges and opportunities that Nunavut is facing, and the possibility for architecture to positively impact its future,” said Robert Sirman, director and chief executive officer of the Canada Council.

Five design teams will work in collaboration with five Nunavut-based organizations. Each team will be made up of a Canadian school of architecture and a Canadian architecture office with extensive experience working in the North. They will create proposals that respond to regional as well as local realities, including climate change, resource extraction and a young and rapidly growing population. A proposal will be developed on each of five themes: health, education, housing, recreation and arts.

The themes will be explored through architectural models, videos, interviews, photographs, maps, animations and soundscapes within an immersive environment that evokes the unique landscapes and architecture of Nunavut. The exhibition will tell emblematic stories of Nunavut today and in the future, through architecture.

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) are working together to provide financial and project support for Canada’s representation in Venice.

This collaboration is part of a larger project to promote the presentation and appreciation of contemporary Canadian architectural excellence in Canada and abroad.

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