OUR APPROACH TO URBAN DESIGN

Our philosophy of design is to bring forward the Story of Place. With the intention of celebrating the complexity of Oral History from the ancient past to the present. We spend a lot of time on research in place at the micro and macro levels – social and emotional contexts – and then create a physical representation of our findings.

 

The design process can bring healing on many levels to the community as a result of the collaborations and many informal conversations during the process. The design process and engagement must be meaningful to all the diverse groups in the community. This is not easily done and requires insight as well as a commitment to bridging communities and connecting ancient landscapes, with modern anxieties and aspirations.

 

Story of Place deepens our connection to humanity, empowering us to build relationships with the world we live in, both the seen and the unseen.

 

Indigenous design is also not just about one element, it can also be about urban design, landscape architecture, public art and social issues.

 

For examples of our process please watch the videos below:

URBAN DESIGN AND PUBLIC ART

Spirit Trail Bench Legends

Spirit Trail Bench Legends

28 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Legends in Bronze Disks Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Mink and Skunk Legend

Mink and Skunk Legend

Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Seal and Raven Legend

Seal and Raven Legend

Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Storytelling Benches

Storytelling Benches

Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Salish North Star

Salish North Star

Olympic Village, Vancouver, BC

Salish North Star

Salish North Star

Olympic Village, Vancouver, BC

Gateway to Ancient Wisdom

Gateway to Ancient Wisdom

Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

Thunderbird-Bear Totem

Thunderbird-Bear Totem

Rocky Mountaineer, BC

Eagle-Bear Totem

Eagle-Bear Totem

Holiday Inn, North Vancouver, BC

Flying Eagle-Bear Totem

Flying Eagle-Bear Totem

Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC

Sun Guardian

Sun Guardian

North Vancouver City Hall

Ripple - Lanbrynth

Ripple - Lanbrynth

Calgary, Alberta, BC

Gateway to Ancient Wisdom

Gateway to Ancient Wisdom

Spirit Trail, North Vancouver, BC

PAINTED MURALS & VINYL PRINTS

Collaborative Mural

Collaborative Mural

Lonsdale Quay Wade Baker

K'ayáchten Mural

K'ayáchten Mural

Forbes & 3rd Street Sierra Tasi Baker

Starlight Mural

Starlight Mural

Lonsdale Quay Sierra Tasi Baker, SITC 8

Piano In The City 2016

Piano In The City 2016

North Vancouver City Hall Sierra Tasi Baker, SITC 7

Sunset Column

Sunset Column

Lonsdale Quay Sierra Tasi Baker, SITC 8

From the initial design stages through to completion for the Canada North Star mounted in granite, Wade Baker and Mary Tasi were both very professional, dedicated, and demonstrated great passion for the project. Their style was very collaborative as they interacted with our team. They were willing to respond to our concerns and provide solutions that satisfied all parties which can be very challenging dealing with numerous stakeholders on a tight timeline

--- John Clelland, Parks Board Engineering

I had the pleasure of working with Wade and Mary on several projects including Gateway to Ancient Wisdom, and the story project for the Spirit Trail Benches. In both cases, Wade upheld the highest artistic standards, stayed on time and on budget and remained flexible to the project team needs

--- Lori Phillips, Public Art Co-ordinator, North Vancouver

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