Ice and Granite: An Architecture for Yellowknife

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Carleton University (Canada), 2007 - 60 pages
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A significant portion of the built environment in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, fails to suit the climactic, topographic and cultural location practically as well as poetically. This thesis posits that a greater understanding of a place should result in an architecture that is more appropriately suited to that place. An architecture which embraces Yellowknife, its climate, landscape and people, and is designed with a greater understanding of place can alleviate some of the negative aspects associated with living in the north. Part One of this thesis examines select local phenomena including the landscape, seasons, and social conditions in order to gain a deeper understanding of place. Part Two details a design for a community building with a theatre, observation gallery, and a sauna, for the city of Yellowknife.

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