2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Indigenous Perspectives in Re-imagining Communities and Landscapes
October 7, 2015
We are entering a new era of consciousness and geo-political space wherein Indigenous perspectives play a huge role in understanding the shaping of the places in which we build. As architects, designers, planners, and developers this is something that is lucid within our practice as shapers of space both physically and in our ability to render ideas of space visible. Across the Pacific Rim, Indigenous Nations are revitalizing their traditional ways of being and dwelling, redefining their contemporary occupation, as stewards of their ancestral places. In doing so, Native Communities are carving out their contemporary space, re-building ancient structures and/or re-imagining their communities and associations to their traditional landscapes, building contemporary spaces for cultural practice, governance, economics and generationally sustainable living. In this process the Architecture of Nations and Nation Architecture takes form.
About the Presenter
Born and raised in Inuvik and Hay River in the N.W.T. and the northern tip of British Columbia, in Fort Nelson, Kelly Edzerza-Bapty has lived and traveled across much of Canada’s Northwest. A member of the Tahltan First Nation of Telegraph Creek, Kelly is a recent Graduate from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture MArch program at UBC, and the second woman of First Nations descent to graduate from this program.
Being a northern resident of Canada, and attending post-secondary schooling in the south, the stark differences of culture, versus consumerism and how it manifest in the built environment are extensive through her dual perspective. Kelly has focused her research and practice on working remotely using land-based building, and her cultural influences, advocating for socio-economic and cultural revitalization in rural Canada.
This session is sponsored by Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada.