File 7001 - Quebec Cartier Mining Company New Town

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Quebec Cartier Mining Company New Town

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Quebec Cartier Mining Company - New Town // 56

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CA CAC 28-7001

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  • 1970-1974 (Creation)

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46 drawings : 15 marker on trace, 3 marker on vellum, 1 ink on trace, 1 marker on paper, 17 prints, 1 sepia, 4 ink on vellum, 1 ink on sepia, 3 ink on sepia film ; 36 x 32 cm, 106 x 77 cm
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File consists of 46 drawings, including 14 preliminary drawings, 3 exterior perspective sketches, 3 exterior renderings, 26 design development drawings. Also includes 3 project files (correspondence, costing, scheduling, specifications).

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In the boreal forest of northern Quebec, a multidisciplinary team undertook a study for a proposed new town. Its location was governed by the proximity of a new iron mine as well as the existing towns in Labrador, namely the town of Gagnon. In 1970, a new townsite, Fermont, was proposed to provide a community for a work force of 1,600 people and their families. Swedish architect Ralph Erskine served on the Design Panel and provided a number of key ideas including the 'Windscreen Building', similar in concept to projects he had designed for resource towns in northern Sweden.

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The drawing folder contains many drawings and sketches done by Professor Norbert Schoenauer, John's personal friend and collaborator, who was involved in much of the new-town planning and layout.

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