Iceberg-inspired cultural center celebrates Inuit traditions

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When Montreal-based Blouin Orzes architectes was tapped to design a new Inuit cultural center for the arctic region of Nunavik, they knew that the project would be no easy task. Nunavik, which occupies the northern third of the province of Quebec, not only has a harsh climate, but also faces incredibly high construction costs due to its remote location and lack of materials, which can only be shipped during the brief summer season. Despite these challenges, Blouin Orzes architectes have the advantage… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Chinas first Slow Food Village will promote local foods and traditions

Rural-urban migration in China is at an all-time high, with experts estimating an influx of 243 million migrants to Chinese cities by 2025. In a bid to combat this wave of migration and raise living standards for farmers, Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed Slow Food Freespace, China’s first Slow Village that follows the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Village pilot project will be presented this week at the 16th Venice Biennial.

Founded in Italy in 1986, the Slow… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Eco-coffins face off with die-hard traditions

The Green Living Education Foundation unveils its selection of eco-friendly coffins. They’re cheaper than standard coffins and you’d do your bit for the environment. But the group’s chairman, Simon Chau, says it’s been tough breaking into the market due to Chinese traditions.