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Arctic Adaptations at Museum of Vancouver

October 08 - December 13, 2015

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 surveys a century of arctic architecture, with a focus on an urbanizing present and an imagined future. Visitors to the exhibition will delve into the realities of contemporary life in this sublime yet fragile region, exploring philosophies of adaptation, ingenuity, and the intersection of technology and tradition.

The exhibition environment is comprised of three integrated elements: (1) soapstone carvings of little-known, but significant works of architecture, (2) topographic models and photographs of each of the 25 communities in Nunavut, and (3) a series of 15 architecture models with integrated animations projecting a 15-year vision for addressing current challenges in access and delivery of housing, health, arts, education, and recreation.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 has been organized and curated by Lateral Office, with the support of the Royal Architectural institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.  It is presented and coordinated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery with assistance from the Museums Assistance Program, department of Canadian Heritage, and presenting sponsor Manulife.

Friday, October 16 at 7:00pm: Arctic Defenders film screening, presented with DOXA.

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm: Talk and Learn: Arctic Adaptations, Housing, and Inuit Social History with UBC social work professor Frank Tester on the challenges of providing housing in a demanding physical environment.

Friday, November 13, 7-10:00pm: Why I Design 2015 – 30+ Designers Talk With You About What They Do (and Why They’re Doing It in Vancouver).

Saturday, November 14, 10:00am-5:00pm: Canadian Fashion Scholars Symposium – Experts from academia and industry, along with collectors and fans, will come together to present and discuss their research in various fields of fashion.

Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm: Fashion Avant-Garde: Now And Then (Fashion Show) featuring cutting edge works juxtaposed with historical pieces from Ivan Sayers’ collection.

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