Co-Founder and Lead Instructor // Design Empowerment Phoenix
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Lecture Title
Indigenous Placekeeping, Plurality, and Futurities

The Indigenous Design Collaborative (IDC) is a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities in Arizona. This presentation, Indigenous Placekeeping, Plurality, and Futurities, sheds light on the current methodologies and concepts the ASU IDC is currently utilizing and exploring.


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.


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.


Utilizing design visualization to empower communities to imagine indigenous futurity. Returning power back to community through an approach that is committed to place and people through a collaborative living design dialogue towards co-designing scenarios that incorporate notions of our past and present conditions towards a future that is sensitive to the aspirations of our future generations.