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Dwelling Differently at ASM22

Watch the complete recordings of Dwelling Differently – New practices for culturally sustainable environments for Northern communities Town Hall and Topical Session at ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 Website.

To better address local aspirations in terms of meaningful dwelling, there is a pressing need to shift from the current development paradigm (based on economic agenda) to a sustainable process (based on social agenda and design quality).

In this context, the following questions have been raised: 1) what are the best opportunities, for Northern communities, to develop culturally adapted living environments, 2) what are the most useful actions and tools to allow for such developments, as well as greater community engagement and decision-making, 3) are there new or emerging practices, as well as "utopian" reflections, that could widen the dialogue, etc.

Nakurmiik to the panel of provocative and insightful speakers, whose experience and knowledge had greatly contribute to enlightening our theme, meeting with Inuit traditional knowledge and resourcefulness. They have reflected on a crucial challenge for the development and well-being of Northern communities, that is: culturally appropriate, safe, affordable and resilient living environments.

Speakers / Town Hall (KEP35) December 10, 2021

  • Senator Michèle Audette, Senior Advisor for Reconciliation and Indigenous Education (Assistant to the Vice-President Academic and Student Affairs) – Université Laval

  • Maxime Héroux, Architect for Development of Social and Collective Entrepreneurship in the Northern Territory of Nunavik – MXHX Inc.

  • Nicole Luke, Inuit Futures Ilinniaqtuit / Intern architect

  • Marie-Odile Marceau, Architect for Sustainable Architecture and Indigenous Community Design – McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd

Speakers / Topical Session (KEP34), December 9, 2021

The right space for a bit of everything by Thomassie Mangiok, Designer and advocate – Northern Village of Ivujivik

Promoting home and self-governance: Housing as an active site of engagement in Fort Good Hope by Aimee Pugsley, Masters’ Student in geography – Memorial University, Newfoundland

Inuit vernacular culture and sustainable northern architecture by Hakim Herbane, PhD candidate in architecture – Université Laval

Aging in the Arctic : Long Term Care design in Canada's North by Marc Blouin, Architect – Blouin Orzes architectes

Contested Circumpolar: Domestic Territories by Lola Sheppard & Mason White, Architects and Researchers – Lateral Office, University of Waterloo / Toronto


  • Myriam Blais, Co-Investigator and Professor – Université Laval

  • Samuel Boudreault, Research Associate and Project Coordinator – Université Laval

  • Mona Belleau, Pioneer Collaborator and Project manager – Nunavut Tunngavik

  • Geneviève Vachon, Principal Co-Investigator and Professor – Université Laval

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