Project Diary

For more project updates, photographs and information on the Canadian Tour, please visit the Arctic Adaptations facebook page and follow us on Twitter @arcticadapt.

March 26, 2015
Co-organizer Lola Sheppard presents Arctic Adaptations as part of the Walrus Talks: Arctic series. The event included James Raffan, Tanya Tagaq, Ruben Anton Komangapik, Michael Maltzan, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier.

March 6, 2015
Exhibition is now on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery until May 3.

February 19-27, 2015
An installation team from Lateral Office is working with the fine folks at Winnipeg Art Gallery, to transition the exhibition from the specific Canada pavilion edition to a touring edition. We are on site at the WAG. Opening event is the evening of March 6, 2015. Come on by!

November 23, 2014
What an amazing run the show had the last six months – but today we packed up the last parts into crates and are sending them back to Canada. From there the show will begin the Canadian tour under the guidance of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and generous support from the Museum Assistance Program. Opening February 2015!

June 8, 2014
We are very honoured and excited to announce that Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been awarded one of three Special Mentions by the international jury! This is a first time Canada has been recognized at the Venice Biennale. Congrats to the whole team and our supporting sponsors!

June 6, 2014
Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 opening party 15.00h on June 6!

June 4-6, 2014
Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 opens for preview press days.

April 30, 2014
Lateral Office super install team are on-site in Venice installing the exhibition. Come by and say hello to Suzy Harris-Brandts, Jovana Ranjelovic, Julia Smachylo, Miles Gertler, Tristan van Leur, Quinn Greer, Matthew Spremulli, Mason White, and Lola Sheppard.

April 29, 2014
Lateral Office presents the Arctic Adaptations project and others at the Politecnico of Milano. Huge thank you to the Embassy of Canada in Italy / Ambasciata del Canada in Italia.

April 28, 2014
Lateral Office presents the Arctic Adaptations project and others at the Politecnico of Torino. Huge thank you to the Embassy of Canada in Italy / Ambasciata del Canada in Italia.

April 25, 2014
Green Seed Development team arrives in Venice for installation kickstart.

April 23, 2014
Arctic Adaptations send-off party celebration at PwC Toronto. Very excited to celebrate reaching our sponsorship goal with 250 of our donors, sponsors, and friends!

April 2, 2014
Canadian Architect dedicates the entire April issue to “The Arctic” featuring many Arctic Adaptations team members and friends including: Pin / Taylor Architects, Kobayashi + Zedda Architects, Stantec (Iqaluit), Piper Bernbaum, Michèle Aubé, Arnaud Paquin, Alan MacDiarmid, and Pamela Ritchot.

April 1, 2014
Happy 15th Anniversary NUNAVUT, since April 1, 1999.

March 24, 2014
All 25 crates are packed, waterproofed, and shipped to Venice!

March 19, 2014
Shipping crates arrived at Airport Railings today. Time to pack 25 crates.

March 17-24, 2014
Arctic Adaptations in collaboration with Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association is hosting an “Architecture Carving” workshop in Arviat.

January 15-21, 2014
Arctic Adaptations in collaboration with Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association is hosting an “Architecture Carving” workshop in Pangnirtung.

January 6-11, 2014
Arctic Adaptations NU RECREATION team members Caroline Inglis and Tyler Jones are in Whitehorse this week at Kobayashi Zedda Architects developing the project.

January 5-9, 2014
Arctic Adaptations NU EDUCATION team members Alain Fournier (FGMDA), Michèle Aubé, and Arnaud Paquin are in Clyde River this week developing the project with Jakob Gearheard (Ilisaqsivik Society).

December 7-14, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizer Matthew Spremulli (Lateral Office) is in Venice this week taking pavilion measurements and hosting a few logistics meetings.

November 26, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers jury and announce winners from NU EDUCATION design ideas competition at Université de Montréal, École d’architecture in Montréal. Here are the results:
Jury – Alessandra Ponte (U de Montréal), Anne Cormier (U de Montréal), Jakob Gearheard (Ilisaqsivik), Alain Fournier (FGMDA), Patrick Evans (UQAM), Stephan Kowal (U de Montréal), Mason White (AA organizer).
Winning team – Michèle Aubé and Arnaud Paquin.
Mention teams – Evelyne St-Jacques and Marc-Antoine Dufault; Vincent Nadeau and Guillaume Trahan; Mariane Gourdeau and Jonathan Tremblay; Charles Laurence Proulx and Jean-Benoît Trudelle.

November 22, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers jury and announce winners from NU RECREATION design ideas competition at University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture in Winnipeg. Here are the results:
Jury – Terri Fuglem (U Manitoba), Michael Robertson (Smith Carter), Jack Kobayashi (KZA), Antonio Zedda (KZA), Lauren Holmes (KZA), Christine Lathome (NU Sport and Recreation), Mason White (AA organizer).
Winning team – Caroline Inglis and Tyler Jones.
Runner-up team – Julia Evancio and Kailey Kroeker.
Mention teams – Emily Davies and Lars Lindstrom; Nathan Johns and Evan Schellenberg; David Anderson and Nicole Vigneux.

November 6-9, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizer Mason White is in Iqaluit to meet with Nunavut-based partners and present project progress.

October 17, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizer Lola Sheppard is in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba to present the context of the Arctic Adaptations project and recent relevant work.

October 11, 2013
Canadian writer and storyteller Michael Kusugak joins the NU RECREATION studio today in Winnipeg to share his amazing stories of the north.

October 9, 2013
NU EDUCATION team member Alain Fournier (FGMDA) gives a talk at Universite de Montreal titled Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Built Environment.

October 2-9, 2013
NU RECREATION student teams from University of Manitoba are in Rankin Inlet this week!

September 30, 2013
NU RECREATION team member Jack Kobayashi (KZA) gives a talk at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba titled North of Ordinary.

September 29 – October 6, 2013
NU ARTS team members are in Iqaluit. Site tours, hikes, food, studio tours. Big thanks to Stantec and Qaggiavuut! Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Q!), Joshua Armstrong (Stantec), Caitlin Biggar (Dal), Anders Peacock (Dal), Fatima Rehman (Dal).

September 24-26, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers are exhibiting at the Nunavut Trade Show 2013 in Iqaluit this week. Huge thanks to the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce for organizing this and supporting the project.

September 23-28, 2013
NU HOUSING team members are in Iqaluit. Housing site tours, hikes, visit with elders and families. Also big thanks to the Iqaluit Housing Authority for opening doors. Alain Barriault (NHC), Tim Brown (NHC), Matthew Spremulli (LO), Mason White (LO), Anamarija Korolj (UToronto), Leon Lai (UToronto).

September 13-19, 2013
NU HEALTH team members are in Yellowknife. Project tours, meetings, sketching, boating, presenting. Thank you to hosts Pin/Taylor. Gino Pin (PTA), Simon Taylor (PTA), Neil Aspinall (UBC), Geoff Cox (UBC).

September 11, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizer Lola Sheppard is in Montreal to launch the NU EDUCATION competition at the Universite de Montreal.

September 8-13, 2013
NU HEALTH team members are in Iqaluit. Community meetings, tours, hikes, food. Thanks to QHRC for opening their doors. Gwen Healey (QHRC), Neil Aspinall (UBC), Geoff Cox (UBC).

August 20, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers jury and announce winners from NU HOUSING design ideas competition at University of Toronto John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design in Toronto. Here are the results:
Jury – Alain Barriault (Nunavut Housing Corp), Tim Brown (Nunavut Housing Corp.), Ted Kesik (University of Toronto), Bill Semple, Lola Sheppard (AA organizer).
Winning team – Anamarija Korolj and Leon Lai.
Runner-up team – Matthew Blunderfield and Skanda Lin.
Mention teams – Bridget Kane and Utako Tanebe; Ava Norbaran and Foad Vahidi; Michael Abel and Mina Hanna.

August 7, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers jury and announce winners from NU HEALTH design ideas competition at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver. Here are the results:
Jury – Gwen Healey (QHRC, Iqaluit), Christopher Macdonald (UBC), Gino Pin (PTA, Yellowknife), Matthew Soules (UBC), Simon Taylor (PTA, Yellowknife), Mason White (AA organizer).
Winning team – Neil Aspinall and Geoff Cox.
Runner-up team – Josh Kjenner and Rob Machida.
Mention teams – Thomas Gaudin and Ryley Zucca; Martina Caniglia and Mark Woytiuk; Brendan Callandar and Shiloh Sukkau.

August 2, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers jury and announce winners from NU ARTS design ideas competition at Dalhousie University School of Architecture in Halifax. Here are the results:
Jury – Josh Armstrong (Stantec, Iqlauit), Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory [by skype] (Qaggiavuut, Iqaluit), Christine Macy (Dalhousie), Mason White (AA organizer).
Winning team – Caitlin Biggar, Anders Peacock, and Fatima Rehman.
Runner-up team – Adrienne Gerrits, Devin Harper, Matthew Jones, Thomas Villiger.
Mention teams – Peter Bohdal, Graham Girard, Jasmine Graham; Janelle Fillion, Jonny Leger, Will Perkins; Kevin Lo, Kale Harper, Beth MacLeod, Holly Simon.

June 26, 2013
Ted J Kesik delivers lecture Sustainable Housing for the North: Toward Resilience and Self-Reliance as part of NU HOUSING design ideas competition at University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in Toronto.

June 20, 2013
Seminar with Paul Memmott, Director, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, Brisbane, Australia at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.
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June 14, 2013
Simon Taylor delivers lecture Harsh Optimism as part of NU HEALTH design ideas competition at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

June 14, 2013
Bill Semple delivers lecture On Igloos and Earth Houses: Visioning Housing in the North as part of NU HOUSING design ideas competition at University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in Toronto.

June 4-6, 2013
Arctic Adaptations team members Gwen Healey (QHRC), Mason White (Lateral Office), Gino Pin, and Simon Talyor (Pin/Taylor) are in Yellowknife to discuss the NU HEALTH project.

May 27-31, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers are in Iqaluit to meet with team members, advisory board members, partners, and to make new alliances.

May 24, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers launch NU HOUSING design ideas competition at University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design in Toronto.

May 17, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers launch NU HEALTH design ideas competition at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

May 11, 2013
Presentation by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Beryl Allen at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

May 10, 2013
Arctic Adaptations organizers launch NU ARTS design ideas competition at Dalhousie University School of Architecture in Halifax.

March 27, 2013
Arctic Adaptations is featured in the Globe & Mail Arts section with a an article titled “Off to Venice, by way of Nunavut” by James Adams. For all press-related news, see here.

March 26, 2013
The Arctic Adaptations team is excited to officially announce its selection to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

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