Research Board Award for
Joy Malnar (School of Architecture)
Publication Subvention to publish Design Re-Imagined: New Architecture on Indigenous Lands by the University of Minnesota Press
Summary of Objectives: My new book examines the buildings recently designed by an unusual, and largely unsung, group of architects in North America who are designing for Native American and First Nations clients on native lands. These buildings include cultural centers, schools, and elder housing; their common factor is a close cooperation between the designer and tribal authorities. I am including the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes drainage area, the Great Plains, and the Southwest. The new book " Design Re-Imagined: New Architecture on Indigenous Lands " applies the conclusions reached in my last book, Sensory Design, to indigenous cultures in North America. In that book I examined the role of culture in the formation of a more meaningful design typology, concluding that non-western cultures typically did a better job of including a broad range of sensory and symbolic factors in its built form than did western culture. As I began to look at the building traditions of Native Americans in the United States and Canada, I was impressed with a vision of form that is infused with social and mythological content. My new book makes reference to indigenous building traditions in their social context in order to lend clarity to current design issues on reserves. Significance: A small group of architects have managed to include the cultural heritage of a diverse group of indigenous peoples. Most will never win a design award for their work, as the buildings are in remote locations and by definition not mainstream; this makes it vital that they receive recognition elsewhere. This book is an important contribution to those interested in cultural diversity. More importantly, I want to serve as advocates for the support of indigenous peoples working to reestablish their cultural identity. Activities Proposed: I am requesting a subvention for two purposes: first, to keep the book affordable within its market; and second; to produce it at the highest standards. The contract states that the University of Minnesota Press agrees to include a color section in my book on the condition that I am able to secure subvention funds sufficient to cover its expense (see page 7 of contract). The total number of color illustrations and their placement adjacent to the appropriate text will be determined by the University based on the amount of subvention funds.