A low-carbon housing system supporting autonomous village development schemes in northern climates.
Maskiki Wi Iniwak, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Swampy Cree
Treaty 5 | The Pas, Manitoba | Canada
Across the over 600 First Nations communities spread across northern Canada - many only accessible remotely - limited supply and excessive demand has led to rampant overcrowding. This housing crisis has its roots in the colonial enforcement of housing typologies that continued the process of forced land divestment, cultural erasure, and community dissolution - which treaties began. These typologies - and the systems that provision them - are disconnected from the communities they service and the landscapes they inhabit, which creates dependencies on systems and services that have not been design to benefit local populations.
Landbase + Resources:
The Boreal forests extends from Yukon and northern British Columbia to Newfoundland & Labrador. This totals 552 million hectares that contain an assortment of pine, spruce, larch, fir, poplar and birch assemblages; thousands of lakes, rivers, and wetlands holding a significant portion of the world’s fresh water; beneficial fire processes; and 70% of Canadian First Nations. These First Nations are a complex network of communities scattered throughout the landscape that maintain thousands of years of knowledge of the history of the landscape and a direct land-based commitment on how to live within the forests and waters of the Boreals.
The core of this project seeks to provide three essential outcomes:
1) a system of affordable housing based on traditional Indigenous perspectives
2) trans-generational housing opportunities that enhance traditional art, language, and knowledge transfer
3) material and technological systems that can be sourced, built, and maintained locally as a form of economic and institutional autonomy
Design/Build and Organizational Development
- Phase One complete late November, 2017. Phase Two beginning November 15, 2017. Phase Three and Four in planning and partnering stages.