- Sustainable Architecture
- Eco-friendly food distribution network for Canada’s Inuit community
A regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network for Canada’s high arctic territory of Nunavut has been designed by the Toronto-based Lateral Office / InfraNet Lab and construction is expected to begin in May 2012.
This social architecture project aims to help further integrate the Inuit community and improve local food distribution to reduce dependence on costly food imports which compromise the traditional hunting and gathering-based diet.
A series of small, multifunctional structures will be erected along pre-existing snowmobile trails, and serve as shelters, data transmission centers, ecological management stations, hunting bases and cultural centers.
The building designs take the landscape, climate and site conditions into account, consisting of easy-assembly modules and materials available on-site, including rock aggregate, snow and ice.
The Arctic Food Network project was the recipient of the Holcim Awards Gold 2011 North America for its environmentally-friendly design and was praised by the jury for its inexpensive yet purposeful solutions. The design is meant to contribute to the creation of a more sustainable and independent Inuit economy for a brighter future.