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Cultural Expression Through Mass Timber – The Village SF Wellness Center | Multifamily Peer to Peer Network

February 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Hello Connecticut Multifamily Peer to Peer Network,
Please join our February 16, 2024 Multifamily Peer to Peer Network presentation, where Anya Riddell-Kaufman, Ray Reedy and Janey Madamba, Associates at PYATOK, will provide us with an in-depth look at the 2023 Mass Timber Competition Winner Village SF Wellness Center. See below for more information and bios.
Softwood Lumber 2023 Mass Timber Competition winner, The Village SF Wellness Center will be a 45,000 square foot building in the heart of the American Indian Cultural District. The Owner represents a coalition of Intertribal American Indian Organizations serving the Urban American Indian community and beyond. It will shine as an example of a dense, mixed-use, community-based project constructed of mass timber.
The Center is a lesson for non Native architects to recognize the built environment’s role in colonization. We will share the process of rejecting a colonized perspective and elevating cultural indigenous values and spiritual ancestry presence in design.
The ability to build Type IV-C projects has become a pathway to decolonizing architecture. The exposed mass timber structure communicates a sense of nature, cultural connection and warmth that calls to residents and users, as seen by the Village SF Wellness Center.
This project personifies an important perspective when thinking globally about mass timber’s presence, and grounds us in the lessons from First Nations. We will discuss together the difficulties and opportunities for sourcing timber from native land and stewarded forests.
This presentation is completely FREE and has been submitted for 1 HSW LU AIA credit (pending).
Learning Objectives. After attending this event, participants will be able to:
Learn how Mass Timber is perceived as a cultural expression for Indigenous and American Indian communities.
Analyze colonized viewpoints and the challenge to explore decolonization through a client’s perspective.
Learn about how Mass Timber is sourced, forested and procured.
Discuss how Indigenous Values and Sustainable Resilient goals can be interwoven.


February 16
11:30 am - 12:30 pm