Arctic Studio Planning for Community and Natural Resource Development in Indigenous/Local Communities

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Nov 8, 2013 (3 years and 10 months ago)

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Arctic Studio

“Rural Urbanization” and the Triple Helix of Sustainability:

Planning for Community and

Natural Resource Development in Indigenous/Local Communities



The project work for this Studio will contribute to an assessment of the current and
projected
infrastructure and community impacts on the coastal communities of Arctic Alaska. This Studio work will
be among the first assessments of what is being characterized as “Urbanization of the Arctic,” focusing on
the high
-
latitude Alaska Arctic. Al
though focused on the Alaska Arctic, this course project will have
relevance for other rural, subsistence, and indigenous/disenfranchised populations globally (about a third
of the world’s population), particularly those in natural resource
-
rich regions.


The primary clients for this studio are a community organization in the Arctic and an environmental
organization. They are both seeking to begin an assessment of potential impacts of, and scenario
-
based
planning for terrestrial impacts of changing marine u
se (primarily but not exclusively offshore drilling).
One of the key goals is “to synthesize information on current assumptions about development
infrastructure and activities in the Arctic, and “…to map and use these data for planning…” and scenario
devel
opment that can be used by the community, industry, NGOs, and government agencies.