A Landscape of Northern Canada

Winter 2018 | M.Arch | Ottawa, CA & Igloolik, CA

Timippasituk = Situated inland
(Inuktitut Translation)

Many Aboriginal peoples have what might be better termed an "ecocentric" concept of the person in which other people, the land, and the animals are all in transaction with the self and indeed, in some sense, constitute aspects of a relational self. Damage to the land, appropriation of land, and spatial restrictions all, then, constitute direct assaults on the person. Traditional hunting practices are not just means of subsistence, they are sociomoral and spiritual practices aimed at maintaining personal and community health. 

- Laurence J. Kirmayer, ‎Gail Guthrie Valaskakis

The final component of this studio project was the design of an intervention. Sequentially, a network of sensorial landscape pavilions in combination with a large art and marking center will provide the residents of Igloolik with the tools that they need: both tangible and intangible, to strengthen and reinstall personal wholeness. Because traditional Inuit lifestyle was so heavily connected to the natural surroundings and natural landscape, the project aims to help improve mental health by facilitating an immersion and subsequent sharing of the landscape.

Six typologies of pavilions were placed strategically across the landscape: visual, auditory, haptic, visual-auditory, auditory-haptic and haptic visual; each pavilion at a significant cultural location. In total, 22 pavilions are proposed.

The building portion of the project was conceptually derived from the notion of immersion within the landscape; Below are the drawings and renders to represent this idea. The architecture is for the landscape and crafted of the landscape.


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