Design is research, research is ceremony, design is ceremony.

TAW’s Director founded the Indigenous Design Collaborative (IDC) at Arizona State University in 2016. The IDC team trains future Indigenous design specialists. The team uses the Indigenous Placekeeping Framework (IPKF), a four-part process that ensures projects are: citizen-led, process-based, place-based and have reciprocal value for the home community.

Publications

Book Chapters:

  • Dalla Costa, W. (2018). “Teaching Indigeneity in Architecture: Indigenous Placekeeping Framework.” In Kiddle, R., Stewart. L.P & O’Brien, K. (eds). Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, ORO Editions, New York, NY, USA: 146-153.
  • Dalla Costa, W. (2018). “Metrics and margins: Envisioning frameworks in Indigenous architecture in Canada.” In Grant, E., Greenop, K. & Refiti, A. (eds). Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture. 2017, Springer International, The University of Adelaide, Sydney, Australia.
  • Dalla Costa, W. (2011). “An Emerging Narrative: Aboriginal Contributions to Canadian Architecture.” In Voyageur, C., Newhouse, D., Beavon, D., & Scott, T. (eds). Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, 2011, vol. 2, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 356-379.

Refereed Journal Publications

  • Dalla Costa W. (in progress). “Tribal Housing and The Living Building Challenge.” In: J.Clark, M.Hale, W.DallaCosta and J.Riding In (ed.), Wicazo Sa Review. Issue Focus: Tribal Community Development. Univ of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Dalla Costa, W. (in progress) “Design (Re)Thinking: Situated Experience and Spatial Agency in Indigenous Architecture.” In: F. Ferdous + B. Bell (ed.). All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture:Towards the Future of Social Change, Routledge, Oxfordshire, UK.
  • Dalla Costa, W. (2020) “Indigenous futurity and architecture: Rewriting the urban narrative.” In Dossier: C. Go-Sam (ed.), Architecture Australia, Melbourne, AU.
  • Dalla Costa W.(2017). “Housing Equity and Heat Vulnerability: A Case Study for Indigenous Design and Construction.” In: M. Young (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 9. Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. London South Bank University, London, 08 – 09 February, 2017. pp: 543-554. ​
  • Dalla Costa W.(2017). “Housing Equity and Heat Vulnerability: A Case Study for Indigenous Design and Construction.” In: M. Young (ed.), AMPS Proceedings Series 9. Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally. London South Bank University, London, 08 – 09 February, 2017. pp: 543-554. ​

Conference Proceeding

  • Dalla Costa, W. (2016) “Contextualized Metrics and Narrating Binaries: Defining Place and Process in Indigenous North America,” A Conference paper presented at Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), 2016 International Conference. Santiago, Chile.

Monograph

  • Dalla Costa, W. (in process) Indigenous Placekeeping: Urban Diversity and Development. Publication to document the research methodology of ASU’s Indigenous Design Collaborative, applied to a predominantly LatinX neighborhood. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Dalla Costa, W. (2018) Indigenous Placekeeping: Campus Design + Planning. Publication to document the research process and methodology of ASU’s Indigenous Design Collaborative. Phoenix, AZ.