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Camden Conference offers talk on Arctic architecture

Jan 05, 2021
Photo by: Snøhetta, 2017-2023, on hold The Svart Hotel, from the Svartisen, Norway, architect’s rendering, (

Camden — The Camden Conference and Camden Public Library present Judith Bing and J. Brooke Harrington on Zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Their talk, “Arctic Architecture,” is open to all. Email for a link to the program.

Only 4 million of the world’s nearly 8 billion people live in the remote Arctic region due to its extreme climate. The original indigenous inhabitants adapted to their environment, but outsiders introduced new ways of life and came to dominate life in the Arctic — whether North Americans, Northern Europeans or Russians. They came to explore the unknown, open sea routes, exploit resources, perform scientific research, and enjoy exotic travel. Today, changes in climate erode assumptions and add pressures.

Viewed through the lens of the built environment — of architecture — this illustrated presentation surveys selected settlements and structures of the past and present, in the context of the Arctic’s climate extremes.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Harrington, of Temple University, and Bing,h of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing.

This slide-show presentation will be best viewed on a computer-size screen.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit or call 207-236-1034.

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