RE-BECOMING VILLAGERS! A Day with Mark Lakeman
Date(s) - May 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Renowned Eco-architect Mark Lakeman is spending an amazing day of transformation at OUR Ecovillage (Shawnigan Lake). The morning will bring all of us through the myriad of possibilities in culture shift for both urban and rural projects to ‘re-remember’ and ‘re-become’ the villages of today. Whether you are working within Government, greening business/corporate structures, activist work, community service and developing non-profit/coop/collective organizations, are a parent/grandparent, or simply wish to walk the talk of caring for our collective future…this conversation and day long experience is for you.
This presentation will provide an overview of various ways that North American communities are retrofitting their neighborhoods with participatory design processes. By coming together to dialogue about how they experience and feel about their own communities, residents are able to identify both strengths and places for improvement in the environments where they live. This presentation will also illustrate various detailed examples of new forms of shared community amenities, including urban agriculture, community gathering places, alternative transport amenities, youth-involvement projects and much more.
Lunch- in the OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery
Afternoon: Place Making Design Game
Since nearly every North American neighborhood is lacking social spaces such as public squares, in this design game we will practice the processes of dialogue and collaborative design that will be essential as we undertake the retroactive processes that will enable us to build these places in our communities, at last. This game will be dialogue-based, with iterative cycles of sharing perspectives and insights about where we live. Then the game will get very creative, as we design and build the new forms for community gathering and co-creation that will characterize our increasingly sustainable (and more fun) future together.
Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community architecture and planning firm Communitecture. Mr. Lakeman is also an urban place-maker and permaculture designer, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst in his very active commitment to the emergence of sustainable cultural landscapes everywhere. Every design project he is involved with furthers the development of a beneficial vision for human and ecological communities. Whether this involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services, Mark’s leadership has benefited communities across the North American continent. These include 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, The Utne Reader, Permaculture Activist and many more. 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.
Price: $55 plus tax (not including lunch)