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Sustainable supply network

Long term planning implies that many different elements have to be taken into account. Instead of seeing them in an individual and specific way, the planner ought to place these elements in relation to one another, in a network of interdependent features, to allow a more global grasp of the situation. 

The sustainable supply of food, water, energy and water management in Kangiqsualujjuaq is an example of such a network (see Figure 1) which did not limit itself to only one resource, but rather tried to include them to a coherent system. In other words, this network depicts an ideal resource management scenario in the village. By portraying sustainability in such a way, the planner ensures its feasibility and can turn utopia into an attainable objective.


Fig. 1. Sustainable supply network for essential services


Fig. 2. Context-based plan for Kangiqsualujjuaq


Planning has to be thought in the long term. Hasty, inadequate and short-lived solutions do not correspond with the Inuit desires, visions or philosophy. These short-term strategies rather promote quick fixes, often very costly, without looking to the core of the problem or issue to find the appropriate answer. This is what long-term planning, i.e. deep-rooted, timely, durable, responsible and resilient, should offer as an alternative.


Context-based plan

By merging the sustainable network strategy with the                                        , a context-based plan starts to take shape (Figure X). While the context-based approach aimed to identify (re)development areas (red circles), the context-based plan also includes energy generation, food production and water management (blue circles).

In the case of Kangiqsualujjuaq, the planning areas offer a specific purpose to almost every sector of the village. This plan enables a better understanding of the coherent links among the different sectors.

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