CSLA publication Landscapes/Paysages featured an article, “Indigenous Reclamation Through Landscape Design”, written by Planner Jenna Davidson and Principal Ryan Gorrie. Jenna and Ryan discuss the work of our office with a focus on process and the ongoing movement to restore Indigenous presence in the landscapes within Indigenous territories and to amplify Indigenous narratives of past, present, and future. Three of our major recent projects in Ontario are discussed to provide a tangible look at how Indigenous placemaking and placekeeping unfold.
The Indigenous Design Studio’s projects demonstrate how contemporary Indigenous design charts a new future for Indigenous expression and identity that is rooted in the landscape. With this reset, Indigenous landscape architecture is no longer seen as a genre of architecture, but rather, a system and process of reclaiming Indigenous identity.