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Participatory Place Design for This Century May 20, 2020 @ 1pm – 3pm PST, virtual event for the public .

Do you want to create more community and that “village feel” wherever you are living right now? This online workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how we can re-design our public spaces for more community, especially in the city.

This interactive session will explore a variety of urban revillaging processes and projects.

From new public gathering places to urban homesteads, multi-generational farms, vertical co-housing, and huge climate resilience initiatives — we will explore how permaculture approaches are being applied at larger, more diverse and interesting scales. Register below to join Mark for the workshop on zoom this Wednesday, May 20, from 4-6pm Eastern (click here for your local time).

About Mark Lakeman

Mark is a national leader in the development of regenerative public places. Through his leadership in Communitecture, inc., and it’s various affiliates including the The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. 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.

Participatory Place Design for This Century – SPONSORED BY: Foundation for Intentional Community

Register even if you can’t attend the live workshop to receive a recording that you can listen or watch anytime!

Participatory Place Design for This Century – Foundation for Intentional Community

Register to Join on May 20th

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Mark Lakeman talks to L.A. City Departments Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 4pm. Free and open event

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a talk with Portland’s Mark Lakeman
Ronald F. Deaton Auditorium:
100 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tuesday, March 29th | 4pm – 6pm

•  Successful strategies for
transforming public spaces
from car-centric to people-centric
•Accelerating culture change
within public agencies
•Learning and practicing effective tools
for continuing people and planet

healthy change

Presented by Portland’s City Repair Project founder and architect Mark Lakeman, this talk will provide a dazzling spectrum of real world tools for building participatory culture and manifesting lasting change through physical interventions.  Mark will also share the diversity of public policies and regulations that have made Portland’s people-centric interventions feasible and effective.

This event is sponsored by:
– Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Great Streets
– L.A. City Department of City Planning
– L.A. City Department of Transportation
in association with:
– CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages at L.A. Eco-Village
– Portland’s City Repair Project
– StreetsblogLA

– Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance

Free and open event ||
For more info, contact or 213.738.1254

For other LA events with Mark Lakeman and for more info on the City Repair Project and Mark Lakeman, see

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FEATURED EVENT: Urban Placemaking for Cultural Transformation with Mark Lakeman and the City Repair Project: Fri – Sun, March 25, 26, 27, 2016 at L.A. Eco-Village and Tue March 29 Downtown LA


Come learn with others in your communities and neighborhoods about successful strategies for:

  • Transforming public spaces from car-centric to people-centric
  •  Accelerating culture change within public agencies
  •  Learning and practicing effective tools for continuing change.

Presented by Mark Lakeman and core members from City Repair Project, this workshop will provide a dazzling spectrum of real world tools for building participatory culture and manifesting lasting change through physical interventions.  This workshop will also present powerful ideas for building resiliency while also addressing the negative effects of gentrification. Bring your own ideas, because the summation of the workshop will be strategies and timelines for doing projects in your Los Angeles neighborhoods.

See draft workshop outline below.


inspiring – a unique approach to urban planning and design – transformative – community development starting with the development of community…

Friday March 25, 2016 from 7pm to 10pm
Fee: $20     Pay here or at the door but:
Reservations required: or 213-738-1254
Location:  L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004  DIRECTIONS

Two day Placemaking Training at L.A. Eco-Village
Saturday & Sunday, March 26-27, 2016
from 10am to 4pm
Fee: $160      Pay here after you have reviewed the Training Outline and filled out application below
(some partial scholarships available.  See Application and Scholarships info below)
Pre-registration required: or 213/738-1254
Location:  L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004  DIRECTIONS

Please fill out APPLICATION below for two-day Placemaking Training and send with check made out to CRSP to:
117 Bimini Place #221
Los Angeles CA 90004

or watch for on-line payment option coming soon!

Mark also gives a special free and open talk in Downtown LA on
Tuesday March 29, 2016 from 4 to 6pm
ocation: Deaton Auditorium, 100 West First St., Los Angeles 90012

*The Deaton Auditorium event is co-sponsored by Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative, LA City Dept. of Transportation, LA City Dept. of  Planning, LA Streetsblog, Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance in Association with City Repair Project and CRSP

These talks and workshop are for:
– Architects
– Urban artists
– Recreationists
– Public officials
– Co-op activists
– Bicycle activists
– Urban Planners
– Urban designers
– Creative collaborators
– Environmental activists
– Transportation Planners
– Neighborhood and community organizers
– Neighborhood Council members and stakeholders
– People passionate about reinventing how we live in the City

And here’s the draft Two Day Placemaking Training Workshop Outline.
Sound exciting?  It will be even more exciting when we have your input:

Saturday – March 26, 2016 – Reimagining Space
10:00 am – opening  circle, “embodying permaculture”, introductions
11:00 am – City Repair Project Overview Presentation: “The Village Lives”
12 noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Intersection/Block Repair Design Game
3:00 pm – Afternoon tea break
3:30pm – Neighborhood Walk: “Reimagining Urban Space through Spatial
Awareness” – “perform”-aculture placemaking activity

Sunday – March 27, 2016 – Sustaining Community through Policy-oriented  Placemaking
10:00 am – Ecodesign Principles; Case Studies Presentation
11:00 am – City Repair-initiated policy ordinances, how to do this in your  community
12 Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Public process issues, discussion circle, sharing initiatives
3:00 pm – Afternoon tea break
3:30pm – LA-specific project/presentations
4:00 pm – Closing circle


Please fill out and email to:



Neighborhood/Zip Code_________________________’


Organizational Affiliations that you are working with on
Neighborhood issues___________________________


Describe any experience you have with neighborhood organizing:



Describe, if any, your knowledge or experience with placemaking




Antioch University Los Angeles Urban Sustainability
Master of Arts Program
Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust
Bresee Foundation
East Area Progressive Democrats
Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance
Silverlake TimeBank
StreetsBlog Los Angeles –

Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Limited Equity Housing Cooperative
You Are Here: Intentional Community Los Angeles

Is your organization or agency interested in being a co-sponsor?  Inquire by  contacting Lois at 213/738-1254 or

SCHOLARSHIPS:  We have a commitment to bring the skills and tools of placemaking to leaders in communities with social and environmental challenges. Scholarships for activists, people of color and neighborhood organizers are available. Please email us with answers to these questions: 1) Describe briefly why you are needing financial support. 2) How would this scholarship and training create new possibilities for you and your community? 3) Indicate what you may be able to offer financially, if anything. We may not be able to provide full scholarships to everyone who asks. Please indicate in your EMAIL to us, this subject line: “Scholarship for Placemaking Training”

CAN YOU SPONSOR A SEAT FOR SOMEONE? If you or your organization can sponsor someone to take the training, please let us know at or call Lois at 213/738-1254.

Those that complete this training are encouraged to bring this knowledge back to their respective groups and neighborhoods and begin the process of identifying and/or implementing neighborhood-based placemaking opportunities. Additionally a goal of placemaking training is to be involved with the streamlining of local policy and legislative actions for enhancing neighborhood placemaking projects.

For other locations for Urban Placemaking presentations in SoCal with Mark Lakeman, go here:






City Repair’s Mark Lakeman from Portland at L.A. Eco-Village Fri. Nov, 1 at 7:30pm

Learn more about City Repair here:


Friday Evening November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm for his inspiring Slideshow and talk

at L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004, directions

Join visionary architect Mark Lakeman as he inspires and guides the grid structure of a typical American city into a vital social commons with Portland’s City Repair Project <>.

Now a national movement (just google it to get a sense of it), City Repair is about cities, towns, grids and the intersections where our lives can converge.

Multidisciplinary, City Repair combines architecture, urban planning, anthropology, community development, public art, permaculture and ecological design in projects that transform public space.

Intersection Repair is the citizen-led conversion of an urban street intersection into a public square.  It is a form of grassroots city planning that can nurture art, public gathering and volunteerism in your neighborhood.

“Mark is among  the most inspiring speakers I have seen in my more than 30 years of local activism,” says Lois Arkin.

Friday Nov 1 at 7:30pm:   $5 to $15 (self selected sliding scale)
Reservations required: or 213/738-1254

*Note:  Saturday morning November 2nd public forum with Mark was canceled.  Check our website for future forums on progressive city planning issues.


For an excellent introduction to current City Planning in Los Angeles, visit:

To review recent community  input on the updating of the City’s Mobility Element, go here:

To review the draft Housing Element for the City of Los Angeles for 2013 –  2021, go here:

To follow the Updates on the City’s codes, go here:

To keep updated on some of the most progressive city planning policies, proposals and actions from throughout the world, check out these websites:


Date: Sat Nov. 2   Time: Doors open @ 5 pm

Place: The Shed 1355 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103
Place Making Workshop w/ Mark Lakeman & James Rojas
Special Performance by Moses Sumney @ 7 pm
Tickets $12 advance/ $20 at the door
Date: Sun Nov 3  Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Place: Venice Learning Garden – 13000 Venice Blvd. 90066. Enter on Walgrove.
Cob Bench Workshop at the Venice Learning Garden
Donation: $15 – $20
Contact:, 310 869-5607
Date:  Sat Nov 3   Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Place: WRHAP 12401 Slauson Ave, Unit G Whittier, CA 90606
2nd Annual Pizza Party for City Repair feat. Mark Lakeman
Admission is $15 ($10 pre-sale tickets available); children 12 and under $5.
Contact: Megan (562) 457-0450
Date: Mon Nov 4   Time: 6 – 9 pm
Place: Casa Coracao 1742 Deerhill Trail Topanga 90290
Community Building Topanga with Mark Lakeman
$10 donation, no one turned away at the door.
Light beverages and snacks will be provided
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 1 – 5 pm
Place: Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Blvd, Venice
Community Building on Venice Blvd.
FREE Event
RSVP and Contact Info: Lauren Tucker
Date: Tue Nov 5  Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Place:  Private Residence 805 Brooks Ave, Venice 90291
City Repair Slideshow and Potluck
Donation: $10
Contact: Lauren Tucker

Thanks to Camille Cimino for coordinating this tour schedule:
Camille Cimino
“The Nature of Things”
(213) 924-5238


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