CURRENT PLANNING PRACTICES

One model does not fit all !

For several years now, the lack of housing in Nunavik’s Northern villages has led to hasty planning and construction of social housing with few house models. Yet, Inuit families are diverse as well as their needs and realities : ways of living, occupations, traditional activities, revenues, hopes and values. Should the types of houses better meet those aspirations? 

Some interviewed Inuit expressed concerns about the way village planning sometime interferes with the richness, significance, and fragility of the natural landscapes. Also, the houses and amenities often form ''grey'', repetitive, and monotonous village landscapes. 

Who's involved in the planning of Nunavik’s Northern Villages?

There is a large number of actors involved in the planning of Nunavik Northern Villages at the municipal, regional and provincial levels. Together, they are responsible for communities’ development according to the Masterplan. 

photo credit: KRG

Areas identified for new developments

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Soil characteristics

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Areas identified for new developments and soil characteristics

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Areas identified for new developments

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A Masterplan is a document that identifies the main uses of the land : residential, commercial, institutional, etc. It is also a planning tool for new developments. (For more information, consult KRG web page)

 Impact of Current Practices on the Landscape

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Door to door services : water, waste, gas

Leveled space on pads for trucks and storage

"Pads" causes the destruction of tundra

Houses with few views on the land

Unique house type

Usual construction method (on ''pads'')

Local playground for children of the neighborhood

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Door-to-door services : 

Clean water

Wasted water

Fuel

Construction on pads over permafrost

Covers a large part of the natural vegetation

Involves significant costs 

Model replicated and

familiar building methods

Leveled areas for parking and storage

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