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:! The ideas and strategies presented in this talk are real, field-tested city-scale examples that gather and attack dysfunctions in order to deal with them at once.
Watch Mark Lakeman's entertaining plenary at Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago's 2012 event, then visit bioneerschicago.org for more on Great Lakes Chicago Bioneers.
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.