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08.11.14 – VIDEO: Lateral Office interviewed about Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Professor Mason White — along with the other members of Toronto design firm Lateral Office, University of Waterloo's Lola Sheppard and Daniels Faculty alumnus Matthew Spremulli — spoke with ArchDaily following their Special Mention win at the 2014 Venice Biennale. In the video, the designers discuss their project Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15, which presents innovative architecture proposals by five design teams for Nunavut, Canada's largest territory. Each team is made up of a Canadian school of architecture, a Canadian architecture office with extensive northern experience, and a Nunavut-based organization. Each team’s proposal examines one theme — housing, health, education, arts, or recreation — and is rooted in Nunavut’s distinct land, climate and culture.

In the interview, the team talks about the history of interventions in northern Canada as well as the possiblity of a more responsible and inclusive approach in the future. As Lola Sheppard explains,

"There's a long history in Canada's north of imposing southern models of housing, of language, of education, and a lot of that has been exemplified in a colonialistic architecture. Nunavut Futures is about asking how can architecture learn from its environment both climatically, geographically, and culturally and take cues in a smarter way and adapt to the environment rather than resisting or superimposing."

View the full video at the ArchDaily website.

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