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Strange and Familiar Architecture on Fogo Island

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Catalogue Number:  SM0004
Producer:  Katherine Knight and David Craig
Producing Agencies:  Site Media Inc.
Subject:  Architecture, Canadian Geography, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Science, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  52:00

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On Fogo Island, a tiny island in the Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, sustaining a unique way of life in the face of a collapsing fishing industry is no small challenge. But when local entrepreneur Zita Cobb teams up with renowned architect Todd Saunders to build a one of a kind inn on a rugged, windswept coastline, they end up creating a strikingly original work of design that will become a catalyst for social and economic change.

Experience this staggeringly beautiful place and how the community and local artisans, together with Saunders and Cobb, come together in this creative process during a time of optimism and uncertain hope.

Winner: "Best Canadian Film" International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal, 2015

Winner: "Best Atlantic Documentary" and "Best Atlantic Cinematography", Atlantic Film Festival, 2015

Architect Todd Saunders’ buildings on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, embrace the excitement of being on the edge of nature and contemporary design while fulfilling the goal of doing ‘new things with old ways’.

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