Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network

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    Global Holcim Awards finalist entry 2012 – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Inuit trails have been, and still are, significant channels of communication and exchange across the vast entirety of the North American Arctic.

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    Holcim Awards ceremony for North America 2011 – Washington, DC, USA

    Holcim Awards Gold 2011 presentation to Lateral Office/InfraNet Lab (l-r): Paul Ostrander (CEO, Holcim Canada), Fionn Byrne, Catherine Godin (Counselor, Environment & Energy Section, Embassy of Canada, Washington DC), Lola Sheppard, Benoît-Henri Koch (Member of the Executive Committee, Holcim Ltd), Mason White, Naullaq Arnaquq (Deputy Minister, Government of Nunavut, Canada) & Nikole Bouchard.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    AFN – Summer – Land/water sites.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Regional scale – Inuit trails, food security and shelter in Canada’s high arctic.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Regional ecologies/networked ecologies.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Project calendar.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Existing conditions.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Project components.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Type A – Water sites: with floating fishing shacks and data transmission towers.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Type B – Land/water sites.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Type C – Land sites.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    AFN – Winter – Land/water sites.

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    Project entry 2011 North America – Regional food-gathering nodes and logistics network, Iqaluit, NU, Canada

    Main project authors (l-r): Mason White and Lola Sheppard of Lateral Office.

  • Awards Gold 2011–2012 North America

This socio-architectural project to create an Arctic Food Network (AFN) in Canada’s high arctic territory of Nunavut is a model to overcome the dependence of the Inuit community on expensive processed food products imported from the south. These foods have compromised the traditional diet centered on hunting and gathering of food provided by nature across a yearly cycle.

By Lola Sheppard , - University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Waterloo, ON, CanadaMason White - Lateral Office, Toronto, Canada and

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment

This socio-architectural project to create an Arctic Food Network (AFN) in Canada’s high arctic territory of Nunavut is a model to overcome the dependence of the Inuit community on expensive processed food products imported from the south.

These foods have compromised the traditional diet centered on hunting and gathering of food provided by nature across a yearly cycle. The project responds to thorough research on the poor living conditions and health of the Inuit.

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