Friday, April 20, 2018

Winnipeg-based architectural intern wins Indigenous housing award

During his undergraduate studies in architecture at the University of Manitoba, Evan Taylor was involved in a project where students worked with northern remote Indigenous communities and spent time in the communities to overcome the chronic problem of providing adequate housing. The experience laid the seeds for an award-winning proposal.

He thought that instead of a one-size-fits-all solution to the housing problem, why not have houses that match the requirements of the people who will actually live in them.

“We met the people who lived there and we saw the quality of housing that they have and the environment and culture that they live in and how the housing that they have doesn’t reflect their contemporary needs or their cultural needs,” said Taylor, a Winnipeg architectural intern who took second spot in “Indigenous Housing Canada 2017” – an international ideas competition sponsored in partnership with Architects Without Borders.

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