Expanding the Notions of Sites and Context

Mason White

Ibai Rigby interviews Mason White at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture about his practice and the idea of Architecture as a byproduct of complex networks within ecology and culture.

Related content in Migration and Permanence. Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.
Inuit migration and the establishment of camps or temporary settlements was an adaptive practice that responded to available resource, hunting, and trade opportunities. An area’s suitability was determined by the size of the population to be supported, as well as the duration and frequency of occupation. The location of settlements varied seasonally and annually, though familiarity with the local geography encouraged repeat visits. Leading up to the 1960s, Inuit settlements on the Belcher Islands tended to fluctuate in population composition, location, and degree of interaction with other settlements. The community divided into north and south camps at opposite ends of the islands, and the two groups’ specialized knowledge of the region determined their settlement preferences…

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