A Prairie Town

  • Photographer
    David Burdeny
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Architecture/Buildings
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Date of Photograph

The Canadian prairies have an architectural tradition of impermanence, committed pragmatism and humble resolve. These early settlements and buildings had a tenuous link to the earth, their very existence a flaunting of the distances and the endless plains. Infused with old country visions only partially resolved, our first builders grasped the most basic of spatial and architectural means-the survey grid, the windbreak, the exaggerated facade – to tame an immense plain.

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