Indigenous ways of being, knowing, doing and connecting in architecture - Resubmission - 1

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Indigenous ways of being, knowing, doing and connecting in architecture - Resubmission - 1 Indigenous ways of being, knowing, doing and connecting in architecture Indigenous Design Lecture Series The IDC requests support for a 2021-2022 lecture series that would bring six leading Indigenous designers and/or scholars in architecture and design based in the US and Canada to ASU to interact with students, youth, faculty, professional, and policy makers in the US Southwest. Three speakers would visit campus in the fall of 2021 and three would visit in the spring of 2022, each for 2-3 days, and would have opportunities to engage in a variety of student, faculty, public and community forums. All six lectures would be live streamed, recorded, and made available to the public. The intention is that the recorded lectures will form the basis of a future IDC online certificate program about Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and connecting. The objective of the lecture series is to bring greater visibility to the values and principles of indigenous design thinking/place keeping and build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous designers. The desire is to illuminate the differences in methodology and process, outcomes and catalysts, and to facilitate connections and discourse for collective examination. By identifying critical divergences in conventional design thinking, new lessons emerge for pedagogy and practice. By exploring ideas for practice, the IDC aims to spark future ambassadors who support other ways of doing architecture. The selected practitioners and scholars, whose biographies and work histories are detailed below, represent a variety of approaches to Indigenous design and placemaking/place keeping. Three are linked to universities (Cornelius, Jojola and Fortin) and three are practitioners (Waugh, Jones, Gorrie). Together, they represent the emerging movements in the field, from both an academic and professional perspective. With Indigenous design, it is vital to invite perspectives from different geographies to remind people of the diversity of Indigenous cultures. There are over 1200 distinct nations in North America, and while all nations are striving to reconnect culture to architecture, there are a variety of methods each of the guests are exploring. For instance, while Waugh is exploring materiality and form (organic wood shapes), Cornelius is innovating form (tipi reinvented) while advocating for concepts such as Design is Ceremony to denote the importance of process. Two, Fortin and Jojola, are leading the only two centers, besides the Indigenous Design Collaborative at ASU, that focus on Indigenous design and offer applied work for student learning. Jojola leads the distinguished studio at UNM in USA, while Fortin, who just started his sabbatical, was the Director of LUs architecture program, a program which has Elders in Residence and uses canoe building as an architecture teaching tool. On another level, there are the experienced practitioners such as John Paul Jones that brings decades of thought leadership to the subject and has worked on high profile projects such as the Smithsonian. The series will be shared publicly through the IDC blog, the IDC website and IDCs social media presence on twitter and Instagram to raise awareness of this emerging topic. In the five years of operating, the IDC has been active in the community, forming partnerships through grants, and collaboration, and will utilize its list of contacts and stakeholders, to increase visibility of our programming objectives. The artists have been chosen for their reputation in the field.
Effective start/end date9/15/2112/31/22


  • Graham Foundation: $10,000.00


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