22:00 - Mark Lakeman - US

Grow Local Live! Interview

Mark Lakeman - City Repair & Communitecture

Mark Lakeman is a co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon and served as the Co-Director of Creative Vision from 1995 to 2008. 

He is presently active as a project coordinator in the annual Village Building Convergence. 

Mark is also the founder and principal of Communitecture, Inc, a cutting edge design firm with sustainable building and planning projects at many scales. 

These highly popular projects include such social and ecological innovations as The ReBuilding Center, numerous ecovillage projects and infill co-housing examples, and many projects involving low income and homeless people in the development of sustainable community solutions.

After working for several years in the 1980′s as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, in the 1989 Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with numerous indigenous societies in order to derive place-making patterns which could be applied to urban settings in the United States. 

These patterns include broad participation, local ownership, and transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change. 

His travels lasted until 1995 when he returned to Portland to undertake a series of creative, culturally restorative initiatives. 

His cooperative initiatives include the Last Thursday Arts & Culture Project, The City Repair Project, Communitecture, Inc., the Intersection Repair Project, the T-Horse mobile public gathering place, Dignity Village, the annual Earth Day celebration of localization, and the Village Building Convergence (VBC).

Mark Lakeman on Urban Permaculture: 

City Repair, Re-patterning the Grid

URBAN PERMACULTURE: Mark Lakeman describes the origins of the City Repair Project, talks about
re-patterning the Roman grid, and leads us through the world's first Solar Powered Cat Palace!
Mark is the founder of City Repair, Communitecture architects, and the Planet Repair Institute. 

 Links to his work are at the end of the video.
This video is part of a series produced by Andrew Millison of www.beaverstatepermaculture.com
as part of Oregon State University's Permaculture program, where online and site based
Permaculture courses are offered. 

The video was filmed and edited in the summer of 2010 by Norm Scott of www.scottmedia.com.

City Repair - Permaculture for Urban Spaces

Peak Moment 76: What happens when citizens apply permaculture principles to a city grid? 
They create friendly places within the grid that invite people to come together. 

Mark Lakeman, co-founder of Portland, Oregon's City Repair Project describes these "creative intervention" projects as placemaking at its best. People learn to work together, build trust and have fun. 

The results, from painted intersections to cob benches and other organic structures, invite people "to inhabit the planet on our own terms" rather than the imposed grid-locked culture of the city. [www.cityrepair.org]