FORWARD: Issue #4: Redefining Sustainable Design in Indian Country

How the built environment can lift up a community's notions of art, culture, and place

Welcome to FORWARD, a digital publication and conversation series from Forecast, a nonprofit that activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. FORWARD highlights how artists are partnering with cities, institutions, and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. This fourth issue, made in collaboration with MASS Design Group, focuses on redefining sustainable design in Indian Country. Guest-edited by Joseph Kunkel, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and director of MASS's Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab, it presents a small sample of exemplary works that elevate local voices and cultures to incorporate their shared stories, histories, and heritage into design.

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Image: Preliminary design work for the Northern Cheyenne Healing Trail, intended for conceptual interpretation. Rendering courtesy MASS Design Group.

with Joseph Kunkel, Jeremy Liu, and Angela Two Stars A FORWARD series panel discussion about how the built environment can lift up a community's notions of art, culture, and place. How can we center artists and culture bearers alongside designers to overcome bureaucratic racism in the design field? Design impacts peoples’ lives. Let’s talk about it. Joseph Kunkel is the director of MASS Design Group‘s Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab and citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. Joseph also served as the guest editor of FORWARD Issue 4. Jeremy Liu, an award-winning artist, social impact strategist and real estate developer, served as the featured essayist of FORWARD Issue 4. Angela Two Stars, an artist, curator, and director of All My Relations Arts, is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. This conversation was held via Zoom on Thursday, June 2, 2022 Watch the Recording on Forecast's YouTube channel.

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FORWARD: Issue #4

Redefining Sustainable Design in Indian Country