Landforming Responses

Mathias Frischauf

Nunavut is the newest, largest and most northerly territory of Canada - a place of extremes with averaging temperatures below zero, no roads and a winter with no daylight. But most of all it is a place of drastic change. The general warming of the climate has severe effects on the permafrost ground, accelerating landforming processes and the stabilizing the ecological system. The Inuit who inhabited this land for millenia as a nomadic people, went through an extremely quick modernisation in the last forty years, replacing their nomadic lifestyle with living in modern towns alongside the coast.
Because of that no way of construction that is truly adapted to the environment emerged yet and now the melting permafrost ground poses a serious threat to all built structures. The goal of this project was to develop a building strategy that is not only able to cope with this environment, but also benefiting from it, working with the conditions, rather than against them.

Advisors: Wolfgang Tschapeller | Kathrin Aste