Dome City

The Canadian Centre for Architecture launched a charrette to address the severe housing shortage in Northern Canada. This proposal emerges from the concept of temporary, off-grid housing that speaks to the Inuit culture’s nomadic past and DIY (do it yourself) present.


The native people in Nunavut have been  affected by government-funded housing projects that do not respond to or reflect the cultural values or needs of the Inuit people. A culture of DIY and architectural self-sufficiency has since emerged, using found materials like shipping containers, steel pipes, and plywood crates. Dome City responds to the issue by introducing a simple building technique, the geodesic dome, which references the regionally significant igloo dwelling, and can be built with found materials by the inhabitants themselves. It provides a guideline for the community to  build for themselves and be empowered through self-sufficiency. The open ground-floor plan allows residents to perform traditional rituals like skinning animals and social gatherings that the government-funded suburban-style homes have historically failed to accommodate. The non-rectilinear form of the domes lends itself to a less rigid town plan, which allows spontaneous gatherings, snow-mobiling, dog running, and other rituals to take place outdoors within the community.

CCA Charrette 2016

Reassembling the North