Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale by Lateral Office

Canada Pavilion

Canada PavilionThe Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15″ as winner of a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The Arctic Adaptations creative team is led by Lateral Office.
Canada PavilionThe 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 projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut.
Canada PavilionEach 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.
Canada PavilionThe 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.
Canada PavilionCarvings were completed in January and March 2014 through a collaboration with Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association. 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.
Canada PavilionLocation: Venive, Italy
Architects: Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architectes Associés (Montreal), Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (Whitehorse), Lateral Office (Toronto), Pin/Taylor Architects (Yellowknife) and Stantec (Iqaluit)
Architecture Schools: Dalhousie University, Université de Montréal, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba and University of Toronto
Nunavut-based Organizations: Ilisaqsivik, Nunavut Housing Corporation, Nunavut Sport and Recreation, Qaggiavuut! and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
“Arctic Adaptations” Advisory Council (to date): The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Kirt Ejesiak, Peter Harrison, Bruce Kuwabara, Shelagh Rogers, John Ralston Saul, Brigitte Shim, Hunter F. Tura
“Arctic Adaptations” Sponsors, Partners and Supporters (to date):  Canada Council for the Arts, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Green Seed Development Corporation, Urban Capital Property Group, KPMB Architects, Bruce Mau Design, Inc., AZURE Magazine, Canadian Architect Magazine, Kriss Communications
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