Piliriqatigiinniq: Togetherness

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    plan drawing
    Plan
    Changfeng Chen / Elizabeth Yeoh
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    Exterior collage view.
    Exterior view
    Changfeng Chen / Elizabeth Yeoh
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    Interior collage view.
    Interior view
    Changfeng Chen / Elizabeth Yeoh
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    Model photo.
    Model
    Changfeng Chen / Elizabeth Yeoh
Author(s)
Changfeng Chen
Elizabeth Yeoh
Project Date

In Kuujjuaq, the shift in birthrates and family composition has led to a growing inadequacy in the services that young mothers and children require. Piliriqatigiinniq is the Inuit term for “togetherness”, which reflects the ethos of this graphic arts institution and community complex. Recognizing the longstanding role of Inuit women in the production of Northern graphic arts, as a means of agency, we seek to empower young mothers with holistic education while nurturing their children. The facilities are imagined to support its users with academic resources, career opportunities, living space, and a social network, especially with other mothers. We envision a collective of women that are equipped with knowledge to promote social and financial sustainability. As the students learn to have a strong sense of self-determination, the next generation of Inuit would be educated to prepare for greater economic and political autonomy within Nunavik.