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Webinar: Decolonizing Design Equity Workshop by Prof. Wanda Dalla Costa + AEDE


Event Date: January 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)
and 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (MST)

Cost: complimentary 

*Certificates of Completion for professional development will be issued with full attendance. 

To Register 

Global Studio Lecture Series 

Prof. Wanda Dalla Costa, indigenous architect and professor at Arizona State University, in collaboration with student members of the AEDE (Advocates for Equitable Design Education) of the University of Calgary, will be hosting a workshop on design equity. 

On January 28th, we invite you to join us for an online workshop led by Wanda Dalla Costa focusing on decolonizing design education from an Indigenous perspective. The workshop will dive into four Indigenous design research paradigms: Futurity, Placekeeping, Pluriverse, and Design as Ceremony. Participants will come away from this workshop with a deeper awareness of Indigenous design practices, which can bring insight into their own practice and research.

  • Indigenous Futurity
    Indigenous futurity is an expression coined by Dr. Grace Dillon, a professor of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University to refer to past-future visions where Indigenous people construct self-determined representations and alternative narratives about their identities and futures. Futurity challenges assumptions consigning Native American peoples and lifeways to the past, and uses creative thinking as a pathway toward Indigenous revival. The base belief, our thoughts and actions toward our future are important. It makes some futures likely and others less likely. Architecture is one portal of reimagining futurity of and for Indigenous people. 

  • Placekeeping
    Placekeeping is unique as a process from Creative Placemaking and Design Thinking in that it prioritizes the historical and cultural setting, negotiates an expanded role of citizen experts and knowledge brokers, utilizes Indigenous methodologies as a means of accessing local narrative, and is led by local worldviews and lived experience. The Indigenous Design Placekeeping Framework (IPKF) has four parts: Community-led; Process-based; Place-based; and Reciprocity.

  • Pluriverse
    In a world filled with infinite diversity, there are dominant narratives that shape our perceptions of the world. Consequently, worldviews and realities that differ from the status quo become suppressed. Concepts of indigenous worldviews are often unthinkable from the perspective of Eurocentric theories and have been gradually undervalued and invalidated overtime. The pluriverse acknowledges and validates humanity’s interconnectedness as species through concepts such as:  ancestrality, autonomy, and futurality.

Further details can be found on the RAIC Centre for Architecture's website:

Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor / Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor / Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture