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Gateway to the North

Edmonton is the northernmost city in North America with a metropolitan population over one million, making it a fitting place to stage an international discussion of how the Canadian North inspires us to find new concepts for urban living.
The Luxury of the North project is a collaboration between the Amsterdam-based design company Droog Lab and local designer Tim Antoniuk from the University of Alberta. The results of 12 days of study on survival in the Canadian Arctic, speaking with government officials and locals of Pond Inlet, Nunavut, as well as interacting with wildlife and the changing surroundings of the North, are being presented this Thursday, December 8, at the Telus Centre.
It’s co-presented by M.A.D.E. in Edmonton and will feature guest speakers Agata Jaworska of Droog, Pirjo Haikola of The Why Factory, and Christien Meindertsma. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Tim Antoniuk as well as some warming spirits.
The evening of lecture and debate will address the ideas of the Canadian North being “simultaneously characterized by scarcity and abundance. Its extreme qualities—extreme coldness, remoteness, lightness, darkness, feasts and famines—shape people’s living practices and ways of using resources.” Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog and initiator of the project says, “The Canadian North is known to be harsh. We wanted to see how its extreme qualities might influence new city concepts and urban luxuries elsewhere. V

Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and flâneur. Back words is a discussion of her dérives  and a photographic diary of the local visual culture.

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