Storytelling is a staple in the indigenous world. UNCEDED: voices of the land expresses the beauty and the creativity in building and natural space embraced by Indigenous architects to inspire a new world view. This vision tells the story of peaceful co-existence...to disruption...to healing...and, finally, to the strength of Indigenous cultures. Our world is better for their vision.
After successful runs in Venice and Ottawa, internationally renowned architect Douglas Cardinal and a team of 18 Indigenous architects from around the World will bring the Unceded: voices of the land exhibition to Edmonton.
Bringing UNCEDED to Edmonton will enable visitors to learn of the methodologies and worldview of contemporary Indigenous peoples that enable a more holistic approach to sustainability. First Nations communities benefit by the empowerment they may feel from witnessing the relevance of their traditions and worldview in today’s most pressing global concerns. This includes areas such as climate change, financial security, connected communities, and healthy living environments.
The UNCEDED immersive audio-visual experience showcases the innovative and entrepreneurial methods, tools, and worldview that allow these incredible architects to shape our built environment in ways that foster loving and caring for the Earth and all the people. UNCEDED is the very first time that the world is seeing the combination of Indigenous teachings, cutting-edge technology, and the paradigm-shifting self-sufficient architecture of contemporary Indigenous people.
UNCEDED: voices of the land is a storytelling experience that will become the gathering place from which they can explore and experience the indigenous culture in Edmonton, Canada and Turtle Island.
UNCEDED brings together the past, present, and future of Indigenous experience as seen through the eyes and minds of Indigenous architects on Turtle Island (North America). An immersive audio-visual experience that uses screens as surfaces for telling the indigenous story through four thematic metaphors:
Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Beaver Hills House), also known as Edmonton, is home to many breathtaking Indigenous landmarks and spaces. This was the first-place Indigenous people visited and settled after a North-South ice-free corridor opened in the Canadian ice sheet revealing the great plains at the head of Turtle Island and continues to be a gathering and waiting place ever since. Edmonton has been a great gathering place for over 10,000 years and the spirit of gathering to trade, do ceremony, and celebrate continues to be at the spiritual core and nature of what the City of Edmonton is and has become.
While in Edmonton UNCEDED will be hosted at the Pendennis Building, a redevelopment of the 1911-built Edwardian Pendennis Hotel, located at 9660 Jasper Avenue. The interior layout is unique, having been designed to house a museum with a central open atrium, while retaining a great deal of the original brick walls. This will allow the exhibition to be surrounded by local ceremony, dance, art, fashion, lectures, workshops, and indigenous culinary delights.
Located on the east-end of Jasper Avenue in Edmonton's vibrant downtown, the Pendennis Building is surrounded by restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops and more. This desirable riverside location offers excellent access to the Edmonton Transit System (ETS) and nearby LRT (commuter-train) stations, you'll fall in love with this central location.
Welcome Douglas J. Cardinal renowned architect, philosopher, human rights activist, Officer of the Order of Canada, and World Master of Contemporary Architecture and his team of 18 Indigenous architects to Edmonton. Be part of this remarkable moment in Canada’s history, as a key supporter of UNCEDED: voices of the land.
When the doors of UNCEDED open in Edmonton on 20 March 2022, the approximately 4500 sq. ft. immersive audio-visual experience. will carry with it a stream of ceremony, dance, lectures, and workshops enlivening our city with fresh inspiration toward a fairer, more inclusive, and more innovative society.
UNCEDED: voices of the land is the first Indigenous-led contemporary architecture exhibit ever presented on the world-stage. Created for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by famed Indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal, the exhibit gives voice to 18 indigenous architects while using the most cutting-edge technologies to create a one-of-a-kind life-size immersive experience that will leave an impactful legacy.
Douglas Cardinal’s architecture springs from his observation of nature. Architect and visionary, Cardinal has received 21 honourary doctorates (including the U of A), gold medals in architecture in Canada and Russia, and a UNESCO award for best sustainable village. He was titled an Officer of the order of Canada and World Master of Contemporary Architecture by the International Association of Architects.
Selected local projects
- Saint Mary’s Church, Red Deer (1968)
- Fairview Elementary School, Red Deer (1975)
- Grand Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie (1976)
- St. Albert Place & City Hall, St. Albert (1976)
- TELUS World of Science, Edmonton (1984)
- Cardinal Residence, Stoney Plain (1982)
Selected National and International Projects
- Museum of History, Gatineau / Ottawa (1989)
- Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC (2004)