ACAD’s IKG presents award winning exhibition

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Sharing a vision to address challenges in architecture, delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation in the Arctic

ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) is excited to announce Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 (January 21 to March 12, 2016). This award-winning exhibition represented Canada at the 14th International Venice Biennale in Architecture. An opening reception is planned for Thursday January 21 from 5pm – 7pm.

Arctic Adaptations is a team-based project initiated and led by Lateral Office of Toronto, an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. 

The exhibition surveys a century of Arctic architecture, an urbanizing present, and a projective near future of adaptive architecture in Nunavut. Arctic Adaptations features interactive architecture models, photography, and topographical maps of the 25 communities of Nunavut, as well as Inuit carvers’ masterful scale models of some of the best-known buildings in the territory.  

Alison Miyauchi, Associate Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs at ACAD comments, “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 offers visitors a unique look at the relationship between architecture, land, climate, and culture. This multi-media exhibition documents architectural history in this remarkable but relatively little known region of Canada, describes the contemporary realities of life in its communities, and examines a projective role for architecture moving forward.”

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. Arctic Adaptations is a nationally traveling exhibition, which is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

Le cabinet Lateral Office a dirigé et organisé l’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique : Nunavut à 15 ans, avec l’aide de l’Institut royal d’architecture du Canada, et du Conseil des arts du Canada. L’exposition intitulée Adaptations à l’Arctique, en tournée à l’échelle du pays, est présentée et coordonnée par le Musée des beaux-arts de Winnipeg avec l’aide du Programme d’aide aux musées, le ministère du Patrimoine canadien et son principal commanditaire Manuvie.

ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᓱᖏᐅᔾᔨᓂᐅᔪᑦ: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ 15-ᖑᓕᖅᖢᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᐅᓯᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓛᑎᕈᓪ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓐᓂᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᐃᖅᓯᓂᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᕈᕋᐃᔪᓪ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᓱᐃᓂᕐᒥᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓄᑦ. ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᐃᓂᐱᐊᒡᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓂᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐱᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᓱᐃᔪᓂᑦ ᒫᓐᔪᓚᐃᕝᒥᑦ.

The exhibition is accompanied by a trilingual (English, French, Inuktitut) brochure/poster and an exhibition catalogue, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15.


Gordon Robertson Educational Centre, Papineau Gerin-Lajoie LeBlanc, 1973, Iqaluit, NU, Canada; courtesy Guy Gerin-Lajoie.