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Mark Lakeman (City Repair, Communitecture) on creating sustainable public spaces

Mark Lakeman joins us for CPID Talks on Friday, May 13. Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. He is a Principal and Designer at Communitecture Inc., a full service design firm that aims to create beautiful and sustainable places that bring people together in community. Through his leadership in Communitecture and its various affiliates such as The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.

Mark’s lifelong dedication to building community through design began at his roots.  Both of his parents are activist architects and planners, and from the start they infused him with a sense of creative civic possibility. From his father’s work to create Portland’s Pioneer Square, to his mother’s investigations of the public spaces in Medieval and Neolithic villages, they both taught him to see constructive possibilities that can emerge when place is a reflection of the people who live there. Design can destroy the world, or it can save it, help us savor it, and make the human world worthy of our people.