How to Move a Village: Architectural Response to the Changing Arctic
Architectural design in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions of the world faces unique difficulties: a simultaneously fragile and antagonistic physical environment, great distance from production centers, and a shortage of infrastructure and skilled labor. The region also faces a tradition of cultural, programmatic, and contextual disconnect from design centers located to the south that control architectural discourse and often substitute a lack of understanding of place-ness with a methodology of place-making, the result of which can be a type of under-representation of place. This thesis explores a methodology in which architectural form is directly generated from the stringent constraints and challenges of the region. These ideas and methodologies are tested in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Newtok in Western Alaska, an indigenous community being forced to move en masse by coastal erosion resulting from climate change. The design project is an Evacuation Center for the new community site.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:arctic architecture climate change and in indigenous communities
Date of Publication:07/21/2009