Monday, November 07, 2005

Mark Lakeman: Communitecture and City Repair

When it comes to sustainable communities and grassroots community activism, Portland, Oregon is often held up as a model city. The work of activist architect Mark Lakeman demonstrates the multi-faceted nature of projects currently under way in the city. Some of the organizations with which Lakeman is involved include:


- The City Repair Project, which defines itself as a "group of citizen activists creating public gathering places and helping others to creatively transform the places where they live." The organization was formed in 1996 when a group of residents decide to reclaim a local residential intersection as a public gathering place. Community members came together to bring public ammenities to the intersection and paint the street as a way of demarcating the project. Since then, City Repair has been involved in a number of other projects, including community potlucks and demonstration projects at the local county fair. The organization completes its projects affordably, with volunteer help and at little to no cost to the city of Portland.

- Communitecture, Mark Lakeman's design firm. The firm originally formed as a way to provide City Repair with architectural and technical expertise. Communitecture has now expanded to include other types of projects in the city as well, but maintains its focus on community and creating a public sense of place.

- Dignity Village, a group of self-organized homeless individuals who began as a tent city in Portland. The grassroots organization is now working with the city to gain access to permanent land on which to build a sustainable and more permanent village of small shelters for the homeless. Lakeman assisted Dignity Village with developing its master plan to present to the city for approval and has been active with the organization from the beginning.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

City Repair Project on satellite tv.

Tuesday, January 9, DISH Network will show Episode 92 of "Perils For Pedestrians".

Contents of Episode 92 (2004):
--We drop in on the National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.
--The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new Active Living by Design program.
--The City Repair Project works at the community level in Portland, Oregon.
--We learn about the rideshare program for Salem, Oregon.
--We talk with a former Salem Mayor about the failure to finance the Sidewalk Construction And Maintenance Program (SCAMP).

DISH Network Channel 9411 -- The Universityhouse Channel
Tuesday -- 9:30 pm Eastern, 6:30 Pacific

Episode 92 is also available on Google Video:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2665908390406135101

Note: Public access cable channels are showing different episodes than DISH Network.

Thank you.

John Z Wetmore
www.pedestrians.org

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