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The people and ideas shaping the way we think about our natural and human-made spaces, design, art and photography and more in Canada

Two people watch a video at the UNCEDED exhibit

Guests watch one of the multimedia presentations as part of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land. (Photo: Dexter McMillan/Can Geo)

Photo: Dexter McMillan/Can Geo
UNCEDED: Voices of the Land features 18 of North America’s foremost Indigenous architects and designers
The lizard-inspired Canadian innovation that pulls drinking water out of thin air

A rendering of AWN Nanotech’s atmospheric water generator (left), which harnesses a water-condensing material that biomimics the abilities of species such as thorny devil lizards (right). (Photos: AWN Nanotech; Bäras/Wikimedia Commons)

Photos: (left) AWN Nanotech; (right) Bäras/Wikimedia Commons
And it was inspired by a lizard
Simon Jackson of Ghost Bear Institute and Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson in 2018. When he was 13, Jackson founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition to raise global awareness of the rare bear and threats to its rainforest home. (Photo: Jill Cooper)

Photo: Jill Cooper
A new children’s book from Kids Can Press tells the story of Vancouver native Simon Jackson’s efforts to raise global awareness of the importance of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest
Canadian food designer Amanda Huynh shows off a piece of her exhibit, Diasporic Dumplings.

Canadian food designer Amanda Huynh shows off a piece of her exhibit, Diasporic Dumplings. (Photo: Dexter McMillan/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Dexter McMillan/Canadian Geographic
Currently in Ottawa, the “Edible Futures” exhibit explores the future of food production and consumption through art
Woodcut of Pierre-Esprit Radisson next to cover of Mark Bourrie's book "Bush Runner"

Images courtesy Biblioasis

Images courtesy Biblioasis
In his new book Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, Mark Bourrie examines the larger-than-life legacy of the French-Canadian fur trader 
Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture

Inuit artist Bart Hanna (in yellow tie) talks about his sculpture Sedna, which he unveiled during a ceremony on Parliament Hill on April 8, 2019, as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory. (Photo: House of Commons)

Bart Hanna with Sedna sculpture
An interview with Inuit artist Bart Hanna, whose sculpture of the Inuit sea goddess has been unveiled on Parliament Hill as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Nunavut becoming a territory
Empty indoor mall with closed stores

Instead of waiting for suburban shopping malls to fail as they have in parts of the United States, developers and urban planners in Canada are encouraging their redevelopment into mixed-use spaces. (Photo: J M/Flickr)

Photo: J M/Flickr
As cities grapple with the challenge of redeveloping their first suburbs, malls could become the community spaces they were originally intended to be
George Jacob awarded The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Kamookak Medal, San Francisco, Aquarium of the Bay, climate change, ocean conservation

George Jacob, President and CEO of San Francisco’s Bay Ecotarium, has been awarded the Louie Kamookak Medal of the RCGS. (Left: Bay Ecotarium; right: RCGS)

Photos: (left) RCGS; (right) Bay Ecotarium
Museum expert recognized for transformative work in cultural institutions and leadership on the ambitious Bay Ecotarium project in San Francisco
Sylvia Maracle at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres main office in Toronto

Sylvia Maracle, head of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, wants to help correct the common misconception that all Indigenous Peoples only live in remote communities or on reserves. (Photo: Peter Power/Canadian Geographic)

Photo: Peter Power/Canadian Geographic
Sylvia Maracle, executive director of the federation, discusses the organization’s past successes and challenging future ahead
Floe edge polar bear, Nunavut

A polar bear on the sea ice close to the floe edge at Button Point, on the southeast corner of Bylot Island, Nunavut. (Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom)

Photo: Françoise Gervais/Arctic Kingdom
Welcome to the sinaaq, or floe edge, where landfast ice meets open Arctic Ocean and species thrive
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