Arctic Recalibration

Arctic Recalibration is an investigation of resource-driven settlement strategies in Arctic
environments. Traditional construction materials are scarce in the northern latitudes, and
extreme environmental challenges to construction are notoriously common to the Arctic. As
such, the majority of the built mass consists of imported panellised assemblies that borrow
from modular military buildings or housing types better suited to lower latitudes. In light of
global warming and economic interest in the Arctic, this project reconsiders current models of
construction and importation.
Firstly, a material system , fabrication system and building type was developed to address
locally sourced materials. This material strategy has been explored at a variety of scales
ranging from material properties to environmentally driven building arrangements. The work is
contextualised in the Seward peninsula in Alaska, the site of abundant thermokarst drained lake
basins as a part of a relocation strategy for local peoples. We present the proposed fabrication
system, an automated construction system capable of customized on-site fabrication of
architectural-scale structures using real-time environmental data for process control
The aim of this multi-scale investigation of a local [low technology] material strategy in
conjunction with robotic fabrication [high technology] is to investigate the possibility of
pioneering the New North in a way that is economically efficient and environmentally meaningful
in the near future [< 2050].

Team

Mithuna Murugesh (MArch, India)
Eleva Shilova (MArch, Russia)