KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar

Mawiomi – a gathering place and gathering of people. This is where feasting, pow wows, ceremonies and visiting happens. No other art space exists that began from Mi’kmaw ways of knowing; a space that breaks away from a square box. Our starting point is rooted within Mi’kmaw knowledge and culture which is universal wisdom and knowledge regarding all living beings in harmony with one another on Mother Earth here on Turtle Island. Our design responds to the call for ‘New Ways of Thinking’: a catalyst for changing how we build sustainable, inclusive spaces for future generations.

Design Summary

In this PDF, you will learn more about the detailed inspiration and rationale behind the design by KPMB Architects with Omar Gandhi Architect, Jordan Bennett Studio, Elder Lorraine Whitman (NWAC), Public Work and Transsolar. This design summary explores the integration of sustainability and public integration on a whole for the new waterfront arts district, as well as their approach to inclusive architectural design.

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