Luxury of the North to be presented on November 30 and December 8

30 November 2011 / 08 December 2011

Luxury of the North – the outcome of Droog Lab’s study on survival in Pond Inlet, Nunavut in the Canadian North will be presented at two events in Toronto and Edmonton, Canada in partnership with University of Alberta. XXL City by Cynthia Hathaway will be presented with a discussion and tasting of giant foods at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto on November 30th, 2011.

Arctic Imports by Winy Maas (MVRDV, The Why Factory) with Pirjo Haikola (The Why Factory) and the Productivity of Nature by Christien Meindertsma will be presented at a symposium at University of Alberta, Edmonton on December 8th, 2011. “The aim of the Droog Lab is to see how ways of living in different parts of the world can inspire new directions for the future of design,” says Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog and initiator of the project. “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.”

In Arctic Imports by The Why Factory each of the city concepts – Horizon city, Endless backyard, No noise, No safety and Artificial suns-explore how a quality found in the Arctic might result in a different urban landscape, urban form and architecture. Luxury of the North is part of the Droog Lab series, ‘Here, there, everywhere,’ which investigates how people in daily situations worldwide can inspire new directions for the future of design.

XXL City by Cynthia Hathaway
Discussion and tasting of giant foods with Renny Ramakers (Droog), Cynthia Hathaway, Mark Gorgolewski, Tim Antoniuk (University of Alberta), Agata Jaworska (Droog) and Misha Glouberman (moderator)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 7:00 – 9:00pm
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
rsvp: (limited capacity)

Luxury of the North lectures and panel debate featuring: Here, there, everywhere by Agata Jaworska (Droog), Arctic Imports by Pirjo Haikola (The Why Factory), Productivity of Nature by Christien Meindertsma
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
Lectures & panel debate:
7:00 – 9:00pm
Drinks from: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
& 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Telus Centre, University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton

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