KUUGALAK CULTURAL CAMPUS
Kuugalak is a cultural campus we are working towards in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut dedicated to the documentation, revitalization and mobilization of Inuinnait knowledge. The design of this built and natural space bridges traditional principles of Inuit architecture with cutting-edge technologies and materials. We are beginning the campus with a pilot 1100 sq ft cultural workspace and outdoor activities areas. We will forefront the use of natural vegetation and landscaping to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and innovate through new technologies to support longstanding Inuit relationships with their environment.
We are designing a pilot cultural work space for Kuugalak to trial sustainable building materials and technologies. This 1100 sq ft. workshop meshes Inuit architecture with modern energy efficiency measures and technologies. It is a self-contained cultural hub, designed to facilitate traditional activities such meat and hide preparation, tool making, and sewing. It is informed by the experiences and needs of community members and Elders, and is designed to be a site of ongoing cultural innovation.