Lateral Office exhibition on Nunavut will represent Canada at Venice Biennale


“Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” has been selected through a national juried competition to represent Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) announced today. The exhibition will be organized and curated by Lateral Office of Toronto. Lateral Office was founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard (B.Arch. 1995) and Mason White as an experimental design practice. It is dedicated to architecture that poses questions and responds to the wider context and climate of a project – social, ecological or political. One of the five design team collaborators is Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architectes Associés (Montreal).

As Nunavut celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2014, “Arctic Adaptations” will present innovative architecture proposals rooted in Nunavut’s distinct land, climate and culture, reflecting local traditions of migration, mobility and seasonality. It will also explore how, in light of dramatic environmental, social and economic forces that are transforming the Arctic today, architecture might help nurture robust, prosperous and vibrant Northern communities. The Venice Biennale in Architecture is the world’s most prestigious architecture exhibition and competition. It takes place in Venice, Italy from June 7 to November 23, 2014, and will receive more than 350,000 visitors. 

For the full text of the announcement, please see the Canada Council webpage.

For information on "Arctic Adaptations," please visit the website.

For an article in The Globe and Mail (26 March 2013) by James Adams, please see here.

For an article in Arch Daily (28 March 2013) by Pamela Porada, please see here.