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Place-Based Research for Indigenous Design

In this workshop, you will learn the process for conducting Place-based Research (PBR) 'in a good way'. Research is the foundation for culturally-responsive architecture and planning, and is a critical part of the Indigenous Placekeeping Framework TM. Research conducted for Indigenous peoples hasn't always been accurate or verified. In this workshop, scenario based questions provide feedback for making sound research decisions. 
  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • eLearning:  10 minutes
  • Supplemental Activity: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Creator: Tawaw Architecture Collective
  • Learners: 95+

What to Anticipate

  • What you will learn in Place-based Research?

    Place-Based Research (PBR) occurs early in Tawaw's process. We undertake PBR to increase cultural fluency before a project begins. The Indigenous Placekeeping FrameworkTM workshop includes templates for contextual and historical information that will help you prepare before you enter community. Topics include history of the region, the architectural history (‘archetypes’), meaning and materiality associated with the archetypes, elements of material culture (artwork, regalia, crafts, symbols etc), revitalization efforts, traditional land boundaries, land attachments, sacred places, patterns of land use, ethnobotany, knowledge systems and norms including Indigenous sky science, demographic statistics and kinship / social norms. 
  • Applied Learning Journey

    Scenarios for conducting community-based research and templates are provided. 

Wanda Dalla Costa

Indigenous | Saddle Lake Cree Nation 

Wanda Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta and brings 25 years of experience working with communities across North America. She is the first, First Nations woman to be licensed to practice architecture in Canada and the Principal of Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc. located in Phoenix, Arizona and Calgary, Alberta. Back in 2010, she created the Indigenous Placekeeping FrameworkTM a highly collaborative approach that aims to enlarge the community’s role in the planning and designing of urban and rural environments.
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