ERA Architects

ERA to Port Union, Nfld. mid-June

The Culture of Outports program is about to begin again, this time in Trinity Bay North, Newfoundland. Culture of Outports is a series of projects that uses research, design, and planning to engage and help support livable communities undergoing economic and cultural change after the decline of the Northern Cod Fishery.

This year our student participants include Madeleine, Ryan, Mitchell, Elijah, and Karl from Ryerson University, all of whom will be participating in the 2013 Community Build.

The team, led by ERA’s Andrew Pruss and Alana Young, will visit the communities of Trinity Bay North municipality, including Catalina, Little Catalina, Melrose, and Port Union, with this year’s the main build site located in Port Union. Founded by Sir William Ford Coaker in 1916, the town is the headquarters of the Fishermen’s Protective Union and is North America’s only union-built town.

In preparation for the on-site project, we are running a series of workshops to familiarize the team with Trinity Bay North through a review of maps, photographic documentation, and discussion of natural, historical, and cultural resources. Participants will also research the concept of the cultural landscape from numerous angles, discussing different ways to conceive of and engage intangible cultural resources and exploring various models for economic development in rural contexts.

As we prepare for our third Culture of Outports collaboration, we look forward to the weeks ahead and working together with the communities of Trinity Bay North

We are also happy to announce a newly designed website for Culture of Outports at cultureofoutports.com.