Mark Lakeman – … 3,2, 1: Chicago Repair
Feeling a little out of place, like it was never yours anyway? Frustrated by innumerable and compounding systemic challenges? Running our of space, time, resources and ideas? Maybe it’s time for a little “city repair”!
Eco-Justice Collaborative and Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago brought architect and permaculturalist Mark Lakeman to Chicago in 2012. His presentation was one of the highlights of the entire weekend, and we wanted to share it with you. As you’ll see, Mark knows how to get his ideas across with humor and grace, engaging his audience in a process of envisioning what’s possible to build resilient communities, block by block.
Mark facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The ideas and strategies presented by Mark in his talk are real, field-tested city-scale examples that gather and attack dysfunctions in our neighborhoods through positive change. Placemaking is fun. It’s intergenerational. It’s engaging. And, it makes a difference!
Mark 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 also is the founder and principal of Communitecture, Inc., a cutting-edge design firm with sustainable building and planning projects.
After in the 1980′s as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with numerous indigenous societies in order to derive place-making patterns that 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, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change.