Placemaking with Mark Lakeman & friends

Mark Lakeman demonstrates his block repair activity

We have very exciting news: Mark Lakeman is coming back to Calgary for 3 separate events in early March. Meaningful Work Project is a proud partner in all of these events: 

“When we look each other in the eye without fear, the village is ignited within us.” Mark Lakeman

Gathering & Lecture:
The Inclusive City: Reimagining Urban Life with Mark Lakeman

Thursday, March 2nd, Doors at 6:00pm, Lecture at 6:30pm
Orpheus Theatre, SAIT Campus Centre, 1301 16 Ave NW
Advance: $20, Doors: $25 (Cash Only)

How do we build bridges in the face of adversity and take positive and peaceful action toward creating a just society? Join renowned architect and placemaker Mark Lakeman as well as local guests for a thought-provoking evening focused on reimagining our urban environment as an inclusive, accessible, and unified village.

Mark’s work incorporates broad participation, local ownership, empowering local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change. Many of his projects involve restoring dignity to low income and homeless people in the development of sustainable community solutions, most recently with the work of the Village Coalition.

This dynamic gathering will include a number of local organizations showcasing their solutions-oriented approaches to celebrating culture and valuing diversity.

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Half-Day Workshop

Building Resilient Communities: Thriving in the Face of Uncertainty With Mark Lakeman and Friends

Saturday March 4th, 11:00am-3:30pm CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12 Avenue SW
Investment – Regular: $60, Permaculture Calgary Guild Members: $40

Join Gaiacraft and City Repair Calgary in welcoming Mark Lakeman back to Calgary for a half-day workshop presenting powerful ideas for building resilient communities. Mark will be accompanied by a powerhouse of women who play an active role in building Calgary’s community in diverse ways.

This learning adventure will provide a dazzling spectrum of tools for building participatory culture and establishing lasting change. Add action based techniques to your toolkit that will help you to learn more about where you live, create meaningful relationships, strengthen networks and build resiliency locally, for yourself and your neighbourhood.

How do we move from a culture of fear to the “more beautiful world our hearts know is possible”?

Topics covered will include self-sustaining communities, food security, design for disaster preparedness, planet repair, placemaking, and redesigning civilization through community building.

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Light refreshments will be provided, please bring your own lunch.

Cabin Fever – Keynote Presentation

Saturday, March 4, 2017 Doors: 5 pm; Potluck 6 pm
Presentation to be followed by live music and DJ

Tickets: $20 PCG members / $30 regular

Mark Lakeman of The City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, will be providing us with motivation and practical insight to help us further develop a beneficial vision for human and ecological communities. “Living Tools” will be on hand to help you with your projects, answer questions and help connect you with other members of the community to collaborate with! We will have some awesome permie tools as door prizes and there will be DJ’s to help you dance the night away.

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We celebrated and innovated creative placemaking with Mark Lakeman and Mighk Simpson at the ContainR site in Sunnyside, in NW Calgary.

The City Repair Calgary guild of 2014, (l-r): Alla Guelber (Meaningful Work Project); Lindsay Meads (reGenerate Design); Kym Chi (Giggling Chi Tree); Natalia Zoldak (Great Public Spaces).

The Block Repair activity looks at ways to create more connectivity and connection on the neighbourhood level. Mark Lakeman is in front. (Taken at the Living the New Economy, 2014)