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Planning principles


Once the stakeholders have been heard, the intervention chosen and long-term sustainable objectives are on everyone’s mind, the community’s ideas can start to be drawn and sketched by the planner. To structure and categorize these illustrations, the previously formulated planning principles come in handy. It allow every example to be centered around certain cultural, environmental or economic objectives.


Planning principles are a great opportunity to orient decision-making in the responsible development of Nunavik’s Northern Villages, involving their population in the process. These 11 principles aim to ensure that future scenarios for the development of appropriate living environments include 1) a reinforcement of Inuit values, 2) an overall goal of sustainability for generations to come, and 3) an empowerment of the local population.

The 11 principles form a wheel composed of three interdependent opportunities for sustainable development : land and environment, community and culture, local resources and economy. This representation is inspired by a project named                      initiated by a European applied-research team in the field of vernacular architecture.

Each principle is further detailed and illustrated in the site’s tabs. You can click on the + symbols in the wheel to be redirected to the complete description. Since the team worked in close collaboration with Kangiqsualujjuaq to elaborate these principles, this village is used as an example in the sketches. That said, the principles remain very relevant in the context of other Nunavik’s Northern Villages.


To transmit cultural heritage to the next generations

To support

cultural practices

To protect the land's natural elements

To safely and appropriately locate buildings and infrastructure

To save resources

To contribute to the community’s well-being

To protect the cultural landscape

To encourage social cohesion and togetherness

To enhance creativity and ingenuity

To support local activities and initiatives

To adopt ecological construction

strategies and extend buildings' lifespan

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