Challenging the current status and capabilities of architecture is vital to propelling Indigenous architecture into the future. Respect, restraint, reciprocity, long-term sustainability, recognizing the history of a place, and acknowledging natural cycles are a few of many indigenous thought principles that all architecture can respond to. How are these principles reflected in the process of designing and making?
Can an architectural structure contribute to an ecosystem, reflect collective thinking, house independent practices, and create new connections? Imagine an Indigenous architectural structure of the future guided by the lenses of technology, alternative worlds, science fiction, and interpretation of time. What does the environment at this time look like? What are construction methods like in the future? What kind of rooms or spaces do we need to accommodate the lifestyles of the future? Imagining new relationships between structures, the environment, and inhabitants, human and non-human alike, allows us to question how to foster increased reciprocity in the built world.
Humble and radical imaginative ideas are the seeds of tomorrow’s architecture. Design the future. Boldly create and have fun!
See some precedents below to get inspired! And consider joining our free Architecture at Home workshop on Saturday, June 12 to kickstart your entry!