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
PAINTED MURALS & VINYL PRINTS
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