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Many Norths: Spacial Practice in a Polar Territory

Lola Sheppard

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ISBN 10: 1940291313 / ISBN 13: 9781940291314
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Title: Many Norths: Spacial Practice in a Polar ...

Publisher: Actar Publishers

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Many Norths: Spatial Practice in a Polar Territory charts the unique spatial realities of Canada s Arctic region, an immense territory populated with small, dispersed communities. The region has undergone dramatic transformations in the name of sovereignty, aboriginal affairs management, resources, and trade, among others. For most of the Arctic s modern history, architecture, infrastructure, and settlements have been the tools of colonialism. Today, tradition and modernity are intertwined. Northerners have demonstrated remarkable adaptation and resilience as powerful climatic, social, and economic pressures collide. This unprecedented book documents through the themes of urbanism, architecture, mobility, monitoring, and resources the multiplicity of norths that appear and the spatial practices employed to negotiate it. Using innovative drawings, maps, timelines, as well as essays and interviews, Many Norths reveals a distinct northern vernacular.

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"The book is cleanly designed, but its strength is not in its visual impact; it's in how it combines rigorous primary research with architectural documentation.
The interviews are a particular highlight.
Among more than a dozen other subjects, there are discussions with anthropologist Claudio Aporto on "wayfinding techniques and spatial perception" among the Inuit, with "master mariner" Thomas Paterson on the logistics of Arctic shipping, with historian Shelagh Grant on "sovereignty" and "security" in the far north, and with Baffin Island native whale hunter Charlie Qumuatuq on seasonal food webs.
While the focus of Many Norths is, of course, specifically Canadian, its topics are relevant not only to other Arctic nations but to other extreme environments and remote territories." --Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG

"The new book [Many Norths] by architects Lola Sheppard and Mason White of Toronto-based firm Lateral Office is a compendium of useful information about Canada's high Arctic regions. Structured like a research manual for architects considering future opportunities in this context, the visually immersive tome is organized into five sections: urbanism, architecture, mobility, monitoring, and resources." --Blaine Brownell, Architect Magazine

"[Many Norths] is something of a magnum opus for the office, compiling many years' worth of research--architectural, infrastructural, geopolitical--including original interviews, maps, diagrams, and historical analyses of the Canadian North. Or the Canadian Norths, as Sheppard and White make clear. The book is cleanly designed, but its strength is not in its visual impact; it's in how it combines rigorous primary research with architectural documentation. The interviews are a particular highlight. While the focus of Many Norths is, of course, specifically Canadian, its topics are relevant not only to other Arctic nations but to other extreme environments and remote territories." --Geoff Manaugh, BLDGBLOG

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