Setting a Clearwater Cabin in place (Cory Aronec Photography)
They get a chance to realize and see first hand that they themselves are building permanent relationships with the people they're designing for, and that's a really incredible experience for young students to have.
—Lancelot Coar, architecture professor
It's a happy, healthy blend of music, local food, and now, spiffy new cabin accommodations.
The 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival takes place in Clearwater, Manitoba, surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley, Sept. 13-15. Gracing the landscape for the first time will be three wooden cabins designed by some Winnipeg architecture students.
"It's been an amazing journey," says Lancelot Coar, the architecture professor who headed up the projects with his students from the University of Manitoba.
"It's been one of the most exciting things I've ever been involved with," he continues. "The community and the organization [Harvest Moon Society] are a magical combination. It's an incredible undertaking."
He says an incredible amount of work is involved and the students get more out of it than they could have ever dreamed.
"They get a chance to realize and see first hand that they themselves are building permanent relationships with the people they're designing for, and that's a really incredible experience for young students to have. It's something that actually impacts them as a person and that's really a profound learning experience," he says.
Clearwater is a town of only 68 people and there are no accommodations available aside from camping. But there are many abandoned buildings in the area which the town donated and the students used. They deconstructed them, then built them as cabins using the original old growth lumber.