Location: The Shed · 1355 Lincoln Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103 ·
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013 ·
$10/Advance (click to register)
$20 At the Door
How do we turn a space into a place? Our car-centered culture has left our cities barren of places for people to gather, connect, and integrate. Place-making is a people-centered design philosophy to turn unused, uncared for spaces into places for community gathering, knowledge sharing, and play.
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.
“What if we could rebuild Pasadena today?” with James Rojas. This project will capture the power of the individual and collective community imagination by crafting their ideal community. The one-hour workshop is timely, uncomplicated, as well as entertaining. The workshop is hands on and for twenty minutes participants amuse themselves playing freely with the thousands small objects redesigning their community based on their personal experience, needs and wishes. They investigate their own personal relationship to their neighborhood and identify physical challenges and produce solutions into a miniature landscape. Each participant has one minute to present his or her solution, which is translated into standard planning terms. After all the presentations, participants collaborate in teams for fifteen minutes to create a conceptual community plan.