Indigenous Design

March 18, 2019 in Community, Design

The conventional professions of architecture and planning portray modernist and colonial ways of thinking. Just consider the concept of land ownership: Land is divided into parcels that can be bought and sold over and over. Land is seen as a commodity for transaction. We build our cities and buildings by drawing straight, hard lines with calculated angles. After everything is mapped out on a piece of paper, construction occurs. This normalized way of working reflects a dominant western worldview.

But there are many other ways to design buildings and create communities. And our westernized forms of design, planning and architecture almost always leave out the voices of Indigenous people. Today, I wanted to talk to someone who teaches and practices Indigenous Design & Architecture.

David Fortin is a Professor of Architecture at Laurentian University. In this episode, David discusses Indigenous design, why design is important for sovereignty, and the work he did to curate UNCEDED.


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Development & Density

March 4, 2019 in Business, Community, Design

Developers play a key role in shaping the landscape of a city. Often times, however, when we talk about the future of our cities, the voices of the folks that build the places we live, work and play aren’t considered. And that includes this podcast to date. So, we wanted to fix that.

In many North American cities, residential development has created a city that continually sprawls outwards. This has been the case in Calgary, where the City is not constrained by many natural boundaries that limit growth. New communities featuring auto-oriented development with primarily single-detached homes, winding roads and grassy lawns are still very common.

Despite the historical trend to build out instead of up, some developers are re-shaping existing neighbourhoods by designing higher density homes in existing communities. Today, we wanted to talk to a developer who is focussing on thoughtful inner-city development.

Alakarim Devani is a co-founder of RNDSQR, a Calgary-based inner city urban residential development company.

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Cultivating Community through Creativity

February 4, 2019 in Art & Culture, Community

“The artists musicians and designers, they make the city colourful. And they bring life to the city. And even if you don’t think you like art or music, you probably do, and you probably enjoy those type of people in your city, because they really create that culture and create that community.” – Angel Guerra

In 2018, Market Collective celebrated their 10 year anniversary. A lot has changed for the company since their humble beginnings in 2008. John talks with Angel who has been running this Calgary-based artisan market since day one. Angel, along with co-founder Angela Dione, decided to chip in $50 each to launch Market Collective together. The result? In the last three years alone, the markets have generated $5 million in sales for local artisans and artists.