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Kîhokewin Kumik - Elders Lodge

PRESENTED ON MAR 05, 2018
IN CHRISTCHURCH @ VOL 34

Jason Surkan’s doctoral thesis started with a dream from his elder as she paddled a canoe that showed her bringing her people back to their culture. He shares his ancestor’s journey and an architectural idea to bring his people back to their land.

Born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Jason Surkan holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.S) from Carleton University. He previously studied Architecture at the University of British Columbia and is currently in his thesis year of his Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He is of mixed Canadian Ancestry – Métis, Scottish, Ukrainian and Polish. Jason is a member of Fish Lake Metis Local #108, and the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. He has worked intermittently for Douglas Cardinal Architect. Jason is also an established photographer and has had work published in Canadian Geographic.

 

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Journey into Eldership

BY GILMAN CARDINAL
@ VOL 15 ON MAR 07, 2013

Gilman Cardinal and Tashina Makokis describe their experiences growing up in aboriginal communities, the importance of elders in these communities, and the process of growth through you into eldership.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 3, 2013.

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Creativity: The Key to a Happy and Productive Life

BY ALICIA MEDINA LADDAGA
@ VOL 30 ON NOV 20, 2013

Alicia Medina Laddaga explores the idea of cities as the ultimate epicenter for creativity, and travels to Vancouver in order to tap into it's creative potential. She focuses on housing and architecture as a founder of LOHA, a non-profit organization which provides affordable, alternative housing options. 

"Presentation of the Day" on January 21, 2014.

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Daily Acts of Creativity​

BY AMANDA O'BRYAN
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 21, 2014

How small daily acts of creativity can spark ideas and keep the creative spirit alive. Amanda O'Bryan is a graphic designer and owner of design agency in Springwood. You can find her here:

http://www.creativequeenbees.com

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Inspiring Creativity through LEGO

BY EDWIN KNIGHT
@ VOL 8 ON FEB 28, 2015

Edwin Knight introduces KLUG - Kansai Lego User Group - which aims to inspire creativity one block at a time, organising charitable event along the way.

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Indigenous People and Cultural Art

BY NICOLAS GALANIN
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Nicolas Galanin was brought in a traditional creative environment. He studied Jewellery design and Silversmithing, and dedicated his life to the continium of cultural art and to regain the displacement of his culture. He is also a musician and is interested in creating progress for the next generation.

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The Hive | The Benefit of Community, Creativity, and Risk

BY REBECCA RIDNER
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 12, 2015

This is the story of Rebecca Ridner's desire for creativity produced a space and community for creative entrepreneurs in Knoxville, TN. 

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The Seneca-Salamanca Leasehold Study

BY BRADSHAW HOVEY, PH.D.
@ VOL 18 ON SEP 24, 2016

"They wanted to infuse architecture with research and they proposed to build a pedagogical process around project work."

In The Seneca-Salamanca Leasehold Study from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 18, Research Associate Professor 
at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Bradshaw Hovey, Ph.D., recounts how one of the great student research projects from the school's 50-year history was devised by the school's founding leadership. One of the very first projects to engage UB students was a paid commission for the Seneca Nation of Indians to advise them on negotiations for a new lease between the nation and the residents of the City of Salamanca, NY whose homes sat on Seneca land. That such a project would be undertaken by architecture students was a signal about how expansively the founders of the school conceived of its professional domain.

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Design and Resistance

BY LINDA KENNEDY
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Linda Kennedy is Yuin, an Aboriginal Australian whose people have been living on their land since the first sunrise.  Her talk shares the experiences of battling over land and how, as a designer, she looks at this land.

She is an architectural designer and design activist with a focus on decolonisation. Her independent design studio, Future Black, was established in 2017 as a development of her blog Future-Black.com - Decolonising Design in the Built Environment.

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A Tale Of Two Halves

BY AMIRIA PÉREZ
@ VOL 34 ON MAR 05, 2018

Amiria Pérez was born in Heretaunga and grew up on an apple orchard there, near the Tukituki River. In 1999 she moved to Ruatoria to attend Ngata college for her final year of highschool. Amiria is an Architectural Designer with a rich ancestral background.  She shares her experience of Maori places and how that has continued to influence her as a person and as a designer.

For the last five years, Amiria has been working in post-earthquake Christchurch, and has also been involved in transitional projects as part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture.

Within the architectural field Amiria has a particular interest in using a transitional design approach to test how Māori identity can be expressed and celebrated in an urban context. She is also currently exploring the relationship between craft, architecture and identity.