Centennial College, Ontario's first public college, has collaborated with DIALOG, Smoke Architecture, and EllisDon to design and build the first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building in the country. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the new gateway structure will bring together Indigenous and Western cultures in both form and function. We wanted to raise the bar for future post-secondary projects […] At Centennial we view sustainability, inclusivity and Indigeneity as wholly interconnected ideas and we wanted a building that demonstrates that crucial relationship. -- Craig Stephenson, President and CEO, Centennial College. DIALOG, an integrated, multidisciplinary design practice and Smoke Architecture, a studio that focuses on First Nation and Indigenous projects, based their approach on the concept of “two-eyed seeing”, which is viewing the world through the lens of Indigenous and western knowledge. Highlighting the College’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, the $105-million expansion of the A Block also represents the sustainable values praised by the institution.
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