At the beginning of the semester, my peers and I visited Montreal in collaboration with McGill University. Shortly thereafter, we traveled to Schefferville —the location for the studio design. As a group of tourists in Schefferville we discovered a diverse range of natural locations. We found the relationship between the local culture to these locations fascinating. The local Innu people have a tradition of living in unity with nature. Currently, quarrying is the main occupation of the locals, creating potential for technological growth in the village; however, this economic growth not only changes their lifestyle, but also interferes with their relationship to the land.
In order to explore this place in all its aspects, we wanted to experience the nature in the same places the locals grew up. Also, we wanted to be exposed to the working environment that is unique to the town – the quarries. As tourists, we were unable to reach and stay independently in those points of interest.
Thus emerged our initial inspiration for the project; tourists need reliable transportation to these locations, and the locals were seeking technological advancement that did not disrupt their lifestyle. Technology becomes a tool that can solve the portability issue and bind tradition to the future.
The design mainly deals with a conceptual arctic vehicle that will be used by both researchers and tourists guided by the local Innus group. The vehicle is planned for self sustainability and the ability to connect with other vehicles to create a commune formation. Charging and maintance of the vehicle occurs in the scattered Docks located at various locations in Schefferville surroundings. (Group work with Kobi Laham HaCohen)
(Done in collaboration with Kobi Laham HaCohen)