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Kitcisakik village, homes renovation for Algonquin population

Reinforcing local capacities in housing

At Kitcisakik in Canada
From 2010 to 2015
By Architecture Sans Frontières Québec - Canada
Local partners: Kitcisakik, , SHQ, APNQL and Fondation Frontières
Donors: Goodfellow, Soprema, BMR and Sico

The Anishinaabe community in Kitcisakik had been living in dilapidated housing, which was impacting the well-being of its 500 members. Like many other Aboriginal communities in Quebec, the Anishinaabe were facing housing conditions that included a lack of space, lack of running water and electricity, dependence on fossil fuels and insufficient insulation and airtightness in their buildings. In 2008, Guillaume Lévesque, who was impacted by this situation, garnered the ASFQ’s support to design a project that solicited local community involvement, along with that of volunteers and local professionals. In September 2009, the work began with the support of Fondation Frontières and several manufacturing-sector sponsors. In December, the federal government announced substantial support to support renovations and compensate 20 Aboriginal workers for a three-year period. This participative architectural process combined training, reinforcing local capacities, and consideration of traditions including the use of materials associated with the Anishinaabe identity. In 2012, the project was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture in Canada. The network developed helps break the isolation, value traditional skills, allow members of the community to access the labour market and, most importantly, boost the pride of families in Kitcisakik.

30 homes renovation for Algonquin population
30 homes renovation for Algonquin population
home renovation in Ktcisakik village
home renovation in Ktcisakik village
home renovation in Ktcisakik village
home renovation in Ktcisakik village

Public restrooms, Nepal

Improving hygiene, aesthetics, functionality and supporting local economy

By OW SARP Association of Polish Architects Warsaw Branch
Local partners: ASF Nepal

The main goal of the project is to help the newly created municipal communes in construction, maintenance and modernization of public toilets in an ecologically sustainable way, accessible to all users and economically viable.  An important aspect of the project is also improving the overall health of residents of the municipalities and support local authorities in achieving various functions in field of public sanitation.
Vernacular architecture is the result of hundreds of years of architecture evolution and optimization, using local available materials and construction technologies known in particular area.
Traditional architecture often uses passive energy solutions to create good, comfortable living conditions depending on climate.

Our goal is to protect the local architectural heritage, and to support and disseminate passive solutions that use natural energy sources, such as wind or sun, to reduce construction costs and ensure the comfort of use of new buildings.

Public restrooms in Nepal-interior patio
plan of the buildings
Public restrooms in Nepal- perspective scheme
Public restrooms in Nepal- perspective view
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