Proudly sponsored by RoadShowz, Inc Unceded finds it’s new home at the Pendennis Hotel Building in Downtown Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
Led by world-renowned Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal, co-curated by Gerald McMaster and David Fortin, and organized by Edward (Ted) W. Powell and the team of RoadShowz.
UNCEDED speaks to the contribution of Indigenous architects in shaping our world with their vision, creativity and technical skills — but above all through their connection to the land and traditional ways of knowing. Organized around four themed territories, the installation features the work of architects and designers as they tell their stories of Indigeneity, resilience, sovereignty and colonization.
Unceded - The Venice Biennale
O.C., Ph.D. (h.c.), B.Arch, O.A.A., A.A.A., S.A.A., A.I.B.C., A.I.A., NCARB, R.C.A.A., F.R.A.I.C., F.R.I.A.S., F.R.S.C.
“I firmly believe that the Indigenous world view, which has always sought this balance between nature, culture and technology, is the path that humanity must rediscover and adopt for our future. The teachings of the Elders are not the teachings of the past. They are the teachings of the future.” — Douglas Cardinal, Blackfoot, Red Deer, Alberta
As a master-builder, Douglas Cardinal’s life is dedicated to creating beautiful, thriving, and harmoniously built environments. His architecture springs from his observation of Nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together. His work has defined contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and organic architecture. Throughout his career, Mr. Cardinal has been a forerunner in philosophies of sustainability, green buildings, and ecologically designed community planning.
Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his architectural studies at the University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he received his architectural degree and found a life experience in human-rights initiatives. Mr. Cardinal then became a forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning.
In recognition of his work, Mr. Cardinal has received many national and international awards, including 20 Honorary Doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in both Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada — one of Canada’s highest civilian honours — and was named a “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects.
Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world — a world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision. Douglas Cardinal Architect Website
Edward (Ted) W. Powell
B.Arch, A.I.A., NCARB, NCIDQ, ASID
“I strive to foster a greater achievement in the project development world — more holistic & sustainable building uses, better means of connectivity between buildings and the public, and more thoughtful ways to combine Nature with work, play, entertainment, and education.”
Edward W. Powell – Architect
Edward William Powell (AKA Ted Powell)
B.Arch, A.I.A., NCARB, NCIDQ, ASID, UCANR Certified Master Gardener
Ted Powell is a licensed California Architect, and a certified UCCE Master Gardener of Ventura, CA. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and spent his summers on his grandmas farm playing with the animals and rearranging their environments. That’s when he realized Architecture and Planning would be a big part of us life. Before studying architecture he was a singer and rhythm guitar player in a rock band that toured with some popular groups like “The Who” and many well know musicians of that era. Growing tiered of the hectic traveling and scene, he moved back to Edmonton to get a degree in his real dream, Architecture.
Several years after graduating and with experience under my belt, he built a successful Architectural Practice Powell-Blackburn with over 30 employees. Their clients base consisted of some big companies like Texico of Canada, International Utilities, Weber Real Estate, All-Alta Credit Unions, Edmonton Savings and Loan Credit Unions, Melton Real Estate, and The Government of Alberta.
For the past 25 years, he owns an Architectural Firm with his partner and wife Laura Powell called Design to the Nines. Located in Ojai, California they specializing in Hospitality & Commercial design and Planning. They also design Custom laser cut furniture for humans as well as Animal Environments.
Ted is a master in the art of computer modeling. Resourcing countless software enablers, he creates dramatic 3-d colored renderings and visually enhanced animated movies to underscore his creations.
Aside from that, he has also been a very passionate novelist & song writer Blogging content that focuses on his passions. Design to the Nines Website
TURTLE ISLAND ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS
Extremely moving piece of work
Please continue sharing your important message. Thank you for your courage.
I’m proud that Canada is taking steps towards reconciliation and representation of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and all Indigenous architects on a world stage.
Seema. Greetings from Walatowa
I really enjoyed the exhibition curated by indigenous architects. Being an indigenous architect myself I find great inspiration and solace in the video/message. Thank you for all of the hard work! It paid off! Beautiful!
I’m so glad to see an Indigenous representation here at the biennale that shows our resilience and the fact that despite 100’s of years of colonization we are here and we are thriving!
Good to see the work of my mentors and Elders on the world stage.
Love the floor plan of cyclical time, and that the world is learning more about indigenous culture, teachings, and the history of colonization.
Really powerful, moving exhibition
This could not have been presented more beautifully, innovatively. So glad we came here amidst our short stay in Venice!
Very important message for Irish Indigenous architects.
I never thought of myself that way before… but I will now!! Thanks to you.
This is a wonderful representation of Canada: its past and its future
Thank you for the work and creativity that went into the Canadian pavilion.
It has been a very moving experience to visit UNCEDED.
Thank you for your vitally important contribution to our understanding of our country’s dark
Very moving! Thank you!
Bring it back to Canada.