Future Arctic

Over the course of the next 50 years we, as a worldwide community, will be faced with many global challenges from climate change and global warming to population growth and migration. These trends will turn the world on its side as countries of the north come to the geo-political fore of world economies and future opportunities.

As these megatrends take place, The Arctic Loop, a circumnavigational hyperloop, is developed and runs along the shores of the Arctic Ocean, creating direct connections between cities and towns throughout the ‘north’. The Loop becomes a piece of infrastructure moving people, water, energy, data and cargo around our Future Arctic.

Future Arctic is an ongoing collaborative project between Lateral North and Anchorage Museum which began in April 2018 which has been split into three key phases.

Phase One, a master plan for the arctic region which asked what the ‘north’ would look like in 50 years time, was presented at the North x North 2018 conference, as well as exhibiting the ideas across two large tabletop maps of the arctic.

The proposal, Future: Arctic, looked at the macroscale, exploring how the ‘Arctic Loop’ will affect governance, humanity, ecosystems, resources and connections within the region.

With this ‘manifesto’ established, Lateral North and Anchorage Museum focused on how the Arctic Loop would impact the state of Alaska within Phase Two by developing Future: Arctic Alaska alongside Alaskan people and organisations in May 2019.

Three maps were developed showing the Arctic Loop at an Alaska-wide, District-wide and Anchorage-city scale, and exhibited at the NorthxNorth 2019 conference. The maps, sitting alongside the Future: Arctic maps from 2018, contained the route of the Arctic Loop and suggestions of future visions for Alaska and Anchorage. However, the main purpose of phase two was to ask those at the NorthxNorth conference their opinions and ideas for the future of Alaska and Anchorage.

These ideas are now being fed into the third phase of the Future Arctic project which will result in the development of An Atlas of Alaska. This atlas will be developed alongside the Alaskan community, organisations and interested individuals, and used as a roadmap for future development within the state.