Place-making in Calgary

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Cracks in the Pavement: Place-making and the Remaking of the Modern City

Engaging citizens for a better Calgary with Mark Lakeman

July 17-20, 2014

How can Calgary become a better, more liveable city? How can you, your friends and neighbours get more actively engaged in the life of the city?

From July 17-20, 2014, we welcome Mark Lakeman from Portland for a series of workshops on creating a better city through citizen action.

Mark is the co-founder of The City Repair Project in Portland. He’s also principal of Communitecture – an architecture and planning firm. Mark is an urban place-maker, permaculture designer, and community design facilitator. His work spans the professional and the grassroots level to support the emergence of sustainable cultural landscapes everywhere. He is an inspiring catalyst; initiating more than 300 community-generated projects since 1995. His work has changed bylaws in Portland to allow these projects to happen. Mark also works closely with the City of Portland, advising on various initiatives that contribute to measures such as: pedestrian infrastructure, bike lanes, project within the public right-of-way, natural building bylaws, and more.

Please Save the Date!

Thursday, July 17, Evening: Cracks in the Pavement: Place-making and the Remaking of the Modern City with Mark Lakeman. Public Lecture. Location TBA

Friday July 18 (evening), Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20: With Mark Lakeman and friends!

Place-making in Calgary. 2.5-day hands-on workshop about the benefits of place-making, how to better engage our communities.  This workshop will feature a community event that course participants will aid in planning

More information and a full event invitation to be released shortly. Please contact for more information.

What is Place-making?

Place-making is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces that started in the 60’s with concepts introduced by pioneers like Jane Jocobs (“eyes on streets), William Whyte (“Social life of Public Places”), Jan Gehl (“Life Between Buildings”) and Christopher Alexander (“A Pattern Lanquage”).

In 1996 urban designer, Mark Lakeman and his neighbours reinvented place-making through the creative reclamation of public space, when they transformed their own intersection into a place for community gatherings and interaction – starting a mini revolution in Portland, OR that has spread throughout the city and inspired the creation of City Repair, an organization that engages citizens in transforming places.

“Repaired” (place-made) streets and intersections often serve as community gathering places for events such as block parties. Community bookshelves and info kiosks serve as neighbourhood “water coolers” where conversations are struck among strangers and residents stay in touch with what is happening in their neighbourhood. Community gardens cultivate deeper connections with one’s neighbours and with the Earth itself.

Place-making is one of the most effective tools available for community building that brings neighbours together as part of the project planning, consultation and construction processes. It creates vibrant public space that promotes people’s health, happiness and well being.