Re-Designing the Commons On-Line or In Person With Mark Lakeman
- Dear Friends,
"Re-Designing the Commons" a 6-part, live, on-line course with Mark Lakeman & special guests starts tomorrow - July 31!
There's still time to register for this super affordable training on Village Building & Urban Transformation!
All sessions will be recorded, so you can register late and catch up on what you missed.
We are also bringing Mark to the San Francisco Bay Area for an in person course Oct 24 - 26 - Redesigning the Commons: Urban Transformation, Placemaking, & Village Building.
Come join us on-line or in person and learn with us as Mark shares tools and techniques on how to guide your own community to create places for gathering, localized food, energy, water systems, and invisible structures for reconsidering and repairing every scale of community habitat.
Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed or facilitated designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone.
As co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community design firm Communitecture, Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities, and has been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory design projects and organizations across the United States and Canada.
Hope to see you there!
-The Living Mandala Team
Re-Designing the Commons:
Urban Transformation, Placemaking, & Village Building
With Mark Lakeman & Special Guests
ON-LINE COURSE - 6 Sessions, Wednesdays (bi-weekly), July 31 - Oct 9, 2013
IN PERSON COURSE - Oct 24 - 26, 2013
On-Line Course Dates & Times
6 Sessions, Wednesdays (bi-weekly), July 31 - Oct 9, 2013
3:30 p.m. San Francisco � 6:30 p.m. New York
Session 1 - July 31
Session 2 - Aug 7
Session 3 - Aug 21
Session 4 - Sept 11
Session 5 - Sept 25
Session 6 - Oct 9
(Sessions will be recorded.. so if you miss one, you can watch the recording).
The places where we live will be as fulfilling and abundant as we decide. Though much appears out of balance on our path to resilience, we actually have all that we need to transform the conditions of our lives, to repair, rebalance, and restore the neighborhoods, towns and cities where we live.
Over 50% of the world's population now lives in urban centers and the number is growing. Adopting strategies to meet our needs in a sane and ethical way is critical. In this workshop, we will learn how to design and implement strategies which can transform your life, your neighborhood, your city, and the world!
This on-line course will present urban permaculture strategies that anyone can use to transform their local and regional circumstance. From inspiring participation by local communities to engaging elected leadership and bureaucracies, we will provide experienced insight about how to increase cultural development and creative activity while diminishing ecological impacts.
We will present various City Repair-style project initiatives that have been successfully tested in the field. These will include Intersection Repair street transformations, Block Repair retroactive village-making on typical semi-urban blocks, large scale simultaneous local activations such as the Village Building Convergence model, as well as ephemeral interventions that are celebratory and socially based. We will look at the big picture that you can affect at the local scale, and then drill down into details about how to organize people and implement projects while having the time of your life!
Each session in the series will begin by introducing the content, and then we will engage dialogue on the subject. We will always close with next steps for series participants to undertake before the next session so that they can report in. Each session concludes with an assignment, usually concerning observation or action related to the topic of the day. Could also include drawing and tech exercises.
About Mark Lakeman:
Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed or facilitated designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it�s 501�3 affiliate The City Repair Project, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory design projects and organizations across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.
Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community design firm Communitecture. Mr. Lakeman has taken on the role of creative urban place-maker and community design facilitator in his commitment to the emergence of a sustainable cultural landscape. He seeks to make every design project one which will further the development of a community vision, whether it involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services. His leadership in the City Repair Project has benefited communities across the North American continent including cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Ottawa where City Repair Projects are underway.
Stories of Mr. Lakeman�s projects have been told widely, including in such publications as Dwell, Architecture Magazine, New Village Journal, Yes magazine, and The Utne Reader. With City Repair, in 2003 Mark was awarded the National Lewis Mumford Award by the international organization Architects & Planners for Social Responsibility for his work with Dignity Village, one of the United States� first self-developed, permanent communities by and for previously homeless people.
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