By Sylvain Després

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to understand how to ground a co-design process in a culturally appropriate landscape. The study outlines the challenges of a National Capital Commission urban design proposal that I submitted in 2014. It also refers to the historical context that informs the contemporary reality of Indigenous culture in Canada, examines current literature on participatory design through a post-colonial lens, discusses the concept of participation within Indigenous research methods and outlines potential guidelines. Methodologically, insights are gathered through conversations with First Nation, Métis and non-Indigenous designers, and interpreted to permeate a cross-cultural co-design process. The study concludes that Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing form a set of essential cultural teachings, which contribute to a co-design praxis in culturally appropriate contexts and re-affirms Indigenous knowledge as a critical feature to inform spaces of inclusive engagement.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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