Nomadic Dwellings

October 19th to November 26th 2007
Place: État d’Urgence – Gare du Palais – Nuit des sans-abri

Participant(s): Jean-Maxime Labrecque, Jean-François Prost, Tergos Écodesign, Croft Pelletier architectes, BouchardBoucher, Claude Fugère, Christopher Varady-Szabo and the [collectif EKIP].

Inspired by the concept of emergency architecture, Folie/Culture commissioned architects, architectural trainees, designers, and artists to design and build shelters that could be used by itinerant people.

The designers from Gaspé, Montréal, Québec, and Vancouver – BouchardBoucher, the [collectif EKIP], Croft Pelletier architectes, Claude Fugère, Jean-Maxime Labrecque, Jean-François Prost, Tergos Écodesign and Christopher Varady-Szabo – developed eight proposals for nomadic shelters using materials which were inexpensive, hopefully recyclable, and easily found in Canada.

With Nomadic Dwellings, an innovative architectural project, our objective was to raise awareness of a blatant social problem- itinerancy. It was not our intention to solve the problem of the homeless, neither to imagine improving their quality of life, but rather it was to bring out into the open a reflection on a current and socially disturbing subject. This approach places the architectural act in the everyday, in a painful social reality that architects do not often rub up against. It is interesting, and on the surface contradictory, to associate architecture and itinerancy.

From November 21-26, 2007, at l’État d’Urgence, Place Émilie-Gamelin, Montréal
From October 25 to November 11, 2007, at la Gare du Palais, Québec
October 19, at La Nuit des sans-abri, Place de l’Université-du-Québec, Québec
Collaboration: ATSA, La Nuit des sans-abri, Via Rail, Ville de Québec