Subject: Speaker Series - October 21st, 5:30 pm, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
Perspectives on indigenous

Speaker: Joar nango

5:30 PM, Tuesday - October 21st, 2014, Natsagdorj library

          Sápmi stretches throughout a landscape of diverse topography and climate. The differences in the Saami building traditions follow these variations, being formed by both the landscape and the local resources. This fact makes it difficult to speak about a unified Saami building tradition as a whole. In a Saami-Norwegian context, there is an over-emphasis placed on the reindeer herders from “indre Finnmark” and their building methods. This building tradition has, along with the other regional building traditions of northern Europe, been changed and influenced from the outside throughout the ages. There appears to be some parallels with Mongolian Reindeer herding traditions, particularly in construction and design styles. This presentation will discuss these potential parallels and the role of indigenous culture in architecture and design.

About the Presenters

 Speaker: Joar nango : (Alta, Norway 1979) is a Sami-Norwegian artist and architect. He graduated from NTNU, Norway in 2007. Nango´s work inhabits the frontier between architecture, design and art, exploring native identity issues through contradictions in contemporary architecture and built environment. He is particulary interested in the creative simplicity and the sustainable knowledge that exists within the informal building environments of the north. In 2010 he co-founded the architectural collective FFB specializing in temporary structures and interventions in urban contexts. FFB was nominated by Norsk Form to the young architects of the year prize in 2012.

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