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Some Current Best Presentations and Interviews Online:
TEDx Santa Cruz, March 8, 2014-

Creative Mornings at ZIBA: Mark Lakeman on “Freedom”-

“An Upstream Conversation” (Podcast): Mark Lakeman on Grassroots Urban placemaking, July 2020.

Curry Stone Design Prize 2017, Podcast: Should Designers Be Outlaws? In this interview Mark Lakeman describes the urban retrofit strategies of City Repair and communitecture.

“Accidental Gods” Podcast Interview with Manda Scott, UK

“Think Out Loud” Radio Interview regarding R2DToo the Self-Created homeless village, on Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, Oregon 2016

‘Earth Repair Radio: Mark Lakeman on Sea Level Rise and Climate Resilience –

VBC15 Mark Lakeman opens for “The Polish Ambassador” at the Crystal Balleroom, June 5 2015

3,2,1…Chicago Repair! Mark Lakeman at Great Lakes Bioneers-

Mark Lakeman at Rocky Mountain Bioneers-

City Repair: Transforming Space Into Place-

Mark Lakeman on Urban Permaculture-

Cities For Everyone(Audio); Space + Place, An Interview with Mark Lakeman-

Mark Lakeman on Villages By and For Homeless People, and Opportunity Village in Eugene-


2020 Events:

December 3, Bellingham Green Building Slam, Presenter, Bellingham, WA

December 2, New School at Parsons School of Design, Presentation for and Dialogues with Design Students (For Oliver Kelhammer), New York

November 28-30, West Coast Canadian Natural Building Colloquium, Online Keynote Presentation and Workshops, OUR EcoVillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC

November 28, Podcast Interview for “Accidental Gods” with Manda Scott, UK

November 11, Hope – “New Humanity on 11/11”, Panel Discussion for Online Conference

November 4, Presentations and Discussions with Beginning Design Students, for Prof. Terry O’Day at Pacific University

October 27, “Sense-Making In a Changing World” Online Discussion with Morag Gamble, Podcast Series of Permaculture Education Institute, Australia

October 23, Presentations and Site Tours for “TIVNU- Building Justice” Youth Building Program, Portland, OR

October 17, Symbiosis Event Online, “Ripples of Change” with Dennis McKenna and Annaliese Hornden,

October 9, Presentations and Dialogues- Mentorship for Young Designers, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

October 10, Public Keynote, “Ecodemia Commons Talks” Online Lecture Series, UK

September 8, Culminating Public Presentation of (2) final designs for major public place making projects in Duncan, BC

July 15, Second Round Design Workshops Via Online Surveys, (2) Public Place Making Workshops, Duncan, BC

July 7, Online Public Presentation on Participatory Place Making, For Sustainable Solano, Vallejo, CA

May 31, Opening Presentation for City Repair’s Village Building Design Course (VBDC), Online, Portland, OR

May 20, Online Presentation & Dialogue for Fellowship of Intentional Community (FIC), with Cynthia Tina

May 14, Online Keynote for “Regenerating Community”, Cowichan Healing Arts, Duncan, BC

May 12, Mutual Aid Permaculture-Based Workshop, Online, Permaculture Action Network, California

March 20-21, Guest Instructor, Presentations & Workshops, Ecosa Institute, Prescott, AZ

March 6-8, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader at Community Built Association National Conference, Half Moon Bay, CA

Feb 28-March 1, Public Keynote and Two Public Design Workshops for (2) new major public places, Duncan, BC

February 21-23, Guest Instructor, Urban Permaculture & Place Making Presentations & Workshops for Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC

January 22-24, Workshop Leader for (2) events, EcoFarm Conference, Monterey, CA

January 4-5 (Jan – May), For City Repair Project: Monthly Urban Permaculture Presentations and Workshops begin (UPDC), Portland, OR 

2019 Events:

October 25, Public Talk on Revolutionary Place Making, Prescott College, Prescott, BC

October 26-27, Guest Faculty at Ecosa Institute, Presentations, Workshops, Dialogues, Prescott, AZ

September 28, East Coast Canadian Natural Building Colloquium, Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 27, Workshop Presenter, Earth Repair Convergence, Port Townsend, WA 

September 30,  Collaborative Workshop Speaker with Chris Magwood, Build Green Atlantic Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 19-22, Presentations, Tours, Implementations, and Dialogues for Visiting Japanese Delegation, Portland, OR

September 13-15, Keynote Speaker, West Coast Canadian Communities Conference, Shawnigan Lake, BC

September 2, Guest Instructor, Urban Permaculture Presentation, PCC at Rock Creek, Hillsboro, OR 

July 13, Public Talk for “Neighborhood Associations ROCK Event, NW Art Gallery, Portland, OR

July 5-7, Guest Instructor, OUR EcoVillage Permaculture Design Course, Shawnigan Lake, BC

June 26, 27, Keynote Speaker, West Coast Canadian Natural Building Colloquium, OUR EcoVillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC 

June 25, Two Public Presentations for Duncan, BC city council, 1- Housing Innovations, and 2- Public Places and Participatory Design Processes, Duncan, BC 

April 17, Public Presentation and Panel Discussion, HOPES Conference, University of Oregon, Portland, OR

April 14, Earth Healing Webinar, Online Presentations and Dialogues.

April 12, Public Talk “Solutions to The Housing Crisis”, Portland, OR

April 9, Public Talk and Discussions, Kresge College, University College Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

April 7-8, Public Presentation, Dialogues, Workshops in support of new public square & farmer’s market, Public Library, Santa Cruz, CA

March 13, Public Presentation on DIY Houseless Villages and Housing Solutions, For Central Eastside Industrial Council, Portland, OR

March 2-4, Guest Faculty, Presentations & Workshops, Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC

February 28, Guest Instructor, Green Real Estate Master Class, Portland State University, Portland, OR

February 8-9, Guest Faculty at Ecosa Institute, Presentations, Workshops, Dialogues, Prescott, AZ

January 31, Keynote Speaker for City Repair’s Village Building Emergence (VBE), Portland, OR

January 4-5 (Jan – May), For City Repair Project: Monthly Urban Permaculture Presentations and Workshops begin (UPDC), Portland, OR 

2018 Events:

November 29, (Scheduled) Public Presentation for Annual Speaker Series, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

November 8, Pacific University Permaculture Design Course, Guest Instructor

October 27, Keynote Speaker at Seattle Slam Summit, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Seattle, WA 

October 19, Keynote Speaker at Sebastapol, CA Village Building Convergence 2018

October 14-16, Presentations and Workshops at ECOSA, Prescott, AZ

October 13 (October – December), For City Repair Project: Monthly Urban Permaculture Presentations and Workshops begin, Portland, OR 

October 2-5, Numerous Presentations, Workshops, Site Tours, EcoBuilding Guild Conference, Portland, OR

September 29, Block Repair Workshops at NW Permaculture Convergence, WA

September 14, Presentations, Tours, Implementations, and Dialogues for Visiting Japanese Delegation, Portland, OR

September 4, One Day Workshop for Marisha Auerbach Permaculture Design Class, Portland Community College, Rock Creek, OR

July 24, 25, 26, Village Structures: Improvisational Building for Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR 

July 13-16, (Scheduled) Keynote Presentation and Workshops for First Annual Philadelphia Village Building Convergence, Philadelphia, PA

July 8: Plenary Presentation and Workshops at “Tribalize” Event, Loveland, CO

June 20, “Turn On II” Conference, Joint Presentation on Green Loop Project with Portland City Officials, Portland, OR

June 2, Keynote Presentation at Village Building Convergence 2018, Portland, OR

May 23-25, Public Presentations and Workshops (Concrete Couch), Colorado Springs, CO

May 2&3, Presentations and Workshops for (Starhawk) Permaculture Course at OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC

May 4, “15 Minutes of Briliance” Keynote Presentation, Living Futures Conference, Portland, OR

March 23, Public Presentation for Community Built Association National Conference, March 23, Charleston, SC

February 24 & 25, Presentations and Workshops for Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC

February 23, Global Homestead Public Presentation, Portland, OR

January – May, Monthly Course Presentations, Workshops, and Dialogues, Portland, OR

January 1, Presentation on Micro-Villages for Homeless People, Various Church Congregations, Portland, OR

2017 Events

December 10, Presentation on “Working with THE FORCE of Nature”/Passive Energy Systems, Planet Repair Institute’s Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR

November 7, Three Public Events: Micro-Housing Innovations for Houseless Communities, San Jose, CA 

November 5, Final Climate Resilience Presentations, Resilient By Design Competition, San Francisco, CA 

November 2 & 3, Presentations and Workshops at ECOSA, Prescott, AZ

November 1, Keynote Presentation at Arcosanti for 1st Annual Place Making Festival, AZ

November 11, Public Presentation: Ecological & Multifamily Village Design, Hood River, Oregon

October 25, National Center For Disease Control, Online/Live Presentation for National Conference, USA

October 13-15, Presentations in North Carolina (TBD)

September 28-30, Presentations and Dialogues, University of Delaware

September 26, Presentation at ReUse Building Conference, Portland, OR

September 25, Presentations for Japanese Permaculture Delegation, Portland, OR

September 21-23, Presentations and Workshops at NW Permaculture Convergence, Portland, OR

September 18, Opening Speaker, 1st Annual Audubon Nature & Environment Series, Portland, OR

August 24, Presentation for Marisha Auerbach Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at PCC Rock Creek

August 17-20, Presentations and Workshops at Eclipse/Symbiosis Festival, Eastern Oregon Site

August 3, Presentation for Office of Mayer Reed Landscape Architects, Dialogues on the role of design in social and ecological cultural evolution, Portland, OR

July 31, Presentations for TIVNU

July 25-27, Improvisational Building Projects (!!), Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, OR

June 23 & 24, Presentations and Workshops for 1st Annual Village Building Convergence in Nevada City, California

June 2 -11, Numerous Presentations, Workshops, and Installations at the 17th Annual Village Building Convergence (VBC17), Portland, OR

May 20, Panel Discussion and Hands-On Building Workshop, AIA National Education Design Conference, in Portland, OR

May 16, Radio Interview for CFUV, University of Victoria, Victoria BC

May 14, Presentation for Sunday Assembly, Portland, OR

May 8 – 12, Vancouver Island numerous Presentations, Workshops, Panel, and Dialogues including the permaculture (PDC) course at OUR Ecovillage (with Starhawk)

May 6 & 7, Planet Repair & PDX Permaculture Design Course (Finale)

May 5, Public Presentation For Center For Public Interest Design, PSU, Portland, OR

April 27, Presentation and Tour for TIVNU

April 8 & 9, Planet Repair & PDX Permaculture Design Course

March 22- April 2, Multiple Presentations and Workshops at San Luis Obispo’s first Village Building Convergence, and Meeting and Presentation for a Community Group in San Jose, California

March 11 & 12, Planet Repair & PDX Permaculture Design Course

March 1-3, Public Presentations and Workshops, Guest Presentations in Permaculture Course, Calgary, Alberta

February 13, Completion of communitecture & City Repair’s new permanent headquarters building and gardens

February 11 & 12, Planet Repair & PDX Permaculture Design Course

January 14 & 15, Planet Repair & PDX Permaculture Design Course

2016 Events

October, 2016 to May, 2017: Planet Repair & Jean’s Farm Permaculture Design Course (weekend-based, see for details soon), Portland, Oregon

November 3-5, Public Presentations & Workshops with Students, Prescott, AZ

October 15-16, New Intersection Repair projects, Davis, CA

October 6-9, Public Presentations & Workshops with the Earth Guardians, Boulder, CO

September 19-October 3, Possible events in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

September 15-17, Keynote(?) at North American Permaculture Convergence, Hopland, CA

July 26-28, For Pickathon Festival: Building Improvisational Gathering Environments with found forest materials (including the acclaimed “Woodstage”), Happy Valley, Oregon

June 29, Presentation: Place Making & Community Building, U of O White Stag Building, Portland, OR

February 4 to June 12 the City Repair VBC16 Team trained more than 40 communities in the development of local relational networks through participatory place making and urban permaculture projects. The trainings included ecological and sustainable design, facilitation, outreach, fund raising, and numerous other topics, Portland, Oregon

June 3 to 12, City Repair’s 16th Annual Village Building Convergence, Mark Lakeman Presentations and Workshops at the VBC included Keynote: “City Repair Replicating in Other Cities”, “Tiny Homes and Houseless Villages”, and two workshops as part of the Village Building Design Course, Portland, Oregon

June 8, Building Community with Small Housing, Keynote, Portland, Oregon

May 25 to 30, At Lightning In A Bottle Festival, Presentations and Workshops, Bradley, CA

May 6 to 9, OUR Ecovillage PDC, Presentations and Workshops, Shawnigan Lake, BC

May 14 to 15, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Student Presentations, Portland, Oregon

April 24 to May 1, National Community Built Association Conference (CBA), Presentations, Workshops, and Teaching the Intern Boot Camp, Boulder, Colorado

April 9 to 10, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Whole System Farming, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

March 15 to April 4, Multi-City Speaking Tour, including Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, California

March 12 to 13, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Urban Agriculture and Food Forestry, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

March 3, For City of Gresham: On Social Isolation and Place Making, Presentations and Trainings, Gresham, Oregon

February 29, City Repair Entry Due, Green Loop Competition, Portland’s Greatest-Ever Place Making Initiative, Portland, Oregon

February 19 to 22, Second Round of Participatory Design For 2.5 Acre Park, Prince Rupert, BC

February 18, City Council Testimony for R2DToo (Right To Dream Too) Homeless Village, to establish it as a new prototype.

February 13 to 14, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Design Projects, Microclimate, Broad Scale Water Projects, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

February 11 to 12, New Partners For Smart Growth Conference, Presentations, Panels, Tours, Portland, Oregon

February 3, “Think Out Loud” Radio Interview on Oregon Public Broadcasting, on Right To Dream Too, Portland, Oregon

January 30, Public Forum on R2DToo, SE Portland, Oregon

January 16 to 17, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Design and Drawing, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

January 8 to 11, City Repair Presentations and Trainings For City Council, Staff, and Community At Large, Prince Rupert, BC

2015 Events

December 5 to 6, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Energy and Social Systems, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

November 15, For Oregon State University Classes, Presentation and Tours at Planet Repair Institute, Portland, Oregon

November 7 to 8, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Water Systems and Site Design, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

Live Large, Build Small Conference, Several Presentations and workshops including Design Slam, PSU Campus, Portland, Oregon

October 17 to 18, Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, City Repair Vision; Design Principals and Ethics, Workshops and Presentations, Portland, Oregon

September 30 to October 5, Presentations and Workshops For Santa Barbara Communities, Santa Barbara, CA

September 19 to 29, Opening Keynote at Japan’s First “Future Center” Followed By a Multi-City Speaking and Workshop Tour of Tokushima, Kamayama, Okayama, and Tokyo, Japan

August 21 to 30, Presentations, Workshops, Implementations at Minneapolis VBC, Minneapolis, MN

August 11 to 15, At Olympia VBC, Olympia, WA

July 25, Presentations at Port Townsend VBC, Port Townsend, WA

July 14-16, Work with TIVNU Youth, Little Library Projects, Portland, OR

July 5 to 11, Natural Building Extravaganza, AsheVillage Institute, Asheville, NC

May 29-June 7, Presentations and Workshops at Village Building Convergence 2015, Portland, OR

May 16 & 17, Presentations and Presentations and Design Projects at Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR

May 13/14, Presentation on Orcas Island, WA

May 11 to 13, Presentations and Workshops with Mayor and City Council, Victoria, BC

May 9 to 11, Presentations with Starhawk at OUR EcoVillage, Shawnigan Lake, BC

April 11 & 12, Presentations and Design Projects at Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR

April 5, Intersection Repair Design Game Training at PRI, Portland, OR

March 29 & 30, Presentations and Workshops in Cleveland, OH

March 23-28, Numerous Presentations and Workshops in Detroit, Michigan

March 20-22, Presentations & Workshops at SE Portland Permaculture Convergence, Portland, OR

March 10, Presentation for Human Ecology Class, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

March 7 & 8, Presentations and Presentations and Design Projects at Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR

February 12, 13, 14, Presentations for Urban Studies, Black Studies, and Community Development Classes, Portland State University, Portland, OR

January 7 & 8, Presentations and Design Projects at Planet Repair Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR

January 15, At the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, a public presentation for their annual lecture series, also dialogues with students, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ.

2014 Events
December 15-17, Possible master planning charrettes at Quail Springs Permaculture Center, Los Angeles, CA.

November 17, Presentations and tour for Oregon State University permaculture students at PRI, Portland, OR

November 12 – 15, Living The New Economy workshops, Victoria, BC.

October 28-31, Public presentation and workshops for students, meetings with Arcosanti and tour of site, Ecosa Institute, Prescott, AZ

September 17 & 22, Discussions and site tours with Ivy School (Montessori grade school) classes, PRI in Portland, OR.

June – August, Numerous Presentations and workshops including Vancouver, BC, Calgary, Alberta, Asheville, NC and Sebastapol, CA.

June – 16, 17, Rome, Italy. Presentations for Professionals and Students at Architect’s Council Headquarters of Rome. Also known as “The House of Architecture”.

May 23 – June 1, 2014- Village Building Convergence 2014, Portland, OR

May 16, Creative Mornings Public Presentation(By Design Week), Portland, OR

May 14, 5pm Whole Earth Summit, Live Activation Call Series,

May 14, 7pm, Living Building Challenge, Live Webcast Presentation, For Los Angeles

March 29 – April 6, 2014- National Community Built Association Conference, numerous presentations and workshops, Davis, CA.

April 19 – 23, 2014- Place Making Presentations & Workshops, Vancouver & Victoria, BC Canada

March 23 – 27, 2014- Harvard University, Presentations & workshops, Cambridge, Mass.

March 7 – 10, 2014- TEDx Talk and several Public presentations and workshops, Santa Cruz, CA

February 8 – 11, 2014-  Place Making presentations and workshops, Vancouver, BC Canada

January 20 – 24, 2014- Presentations & workshops on Village Design, Brietenbush Resort, Oregon ………………………………………………………

2013 Events

November 16, 2013- Jenny Pell PDC, Guest Instructor, Block Repair & Planet Repair presentations & workshops, Seattle, Washington

November 19 & 20- Ecosa Institute, Public presentation and all-day workshops, Prescott, AZ

Multi-City Speaking & workshop Tour, Northern to Southern California & Back to Portland, OR

Beginning of California Speaking Tour 2013: 

Tuesday, October 22 8:30pm: Discussions at Opportunity Homeless Village site, Eugene, OR

Wednesday, October 23 – Noon: City Repair intersection repair activity in Chico, CA

Wednesday, October 23 – Evening event: Presentation for Weaving Earth, Petaluma, CA

Thursday, October 24 – Meetings with national Community Build Association rep, San Rafael, CA

Thursday, October 24 – Evening Presentation, ReDesigning The Commons, San Rafael, CA

 Friday, October 25 – 9am-4pm: ReDesigning The Commons Workshop, San Rafael, CA

Friday, October 25 – 7pm: Meeting with Oakland Neighborhood re: creative CEPTED crime-fighting  Design, Oakland, CA

Friday, October 25 – 9pm: Gathering with PLACE coordinators, Oakland, CA

 Saturday, October 26 – 9am-4pm: ReDesigning The Commons Workshop, San Rafael, CA

Saturday, October 26 – 6pm: Homeless Village Initiative meeting with coordinators, Albany, CA

Sunday, October 27 – Am & Pm: discussions with organizers and city council members, Santa Cruz, CA

Monday, October 28 – 9am-Noon: Design dialogues, Kresge College, Santa Cruz, CA (Dave Shaw)

Thursday, October 31 – 2 Presentations: SDSU, San Diego, CA, call Beryl @ 619-548-3367

Friday, November 1 – Am- Pm: Hands-On Projects, Muir Ranch High School, Pasadena, CA

Friday, November 1 – 7:30pm: City Repair 2013, “Big is Small, Big is Big”,117 Bimini Place, LA,

Saturday, November 2 – 10:30am-1pm: Dialogue with Los Angeles’ Most Progressive Planners, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles,

Saturday, November 2 – 5:00pm: Presentation, A Celebration of Place, 1355 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA, Call Michelle 323-595-1158

Sunday, November 3 – 9am-1pm: Hands-on building at Learning Garden, 13000 Venice Blvd, 90066, Call Mel, 310-869-5607

Sunday, November 3 – 1pm-5pm: City Repair presentation at WRHAP, 12401 Slauson Ave, Unit G, Whittier, CA 90606

Sunday, November 3 – Evening: Topanga Canyon Community Gathering, Topanga, CA

Monday, November 3 – 6-9pm: Presentation & Dialogue, Redesigning the Commons: Urban Transformation, Topanga Film Institute, World Better Faster & Project Butterfly, & Back to The Garden, Location :: Casa Coracao: 1742 Deerhill Trail, RSVP ::

Tuesday, November 5 –  1-5pm: Community Building on Venice Blvd, Hands-On Projects, 805 Brooks Ave, Venice, contact Lauren Tucker

Tuesday, November 5 – 7-8pm: Evening: City Repair Slideshow and Potluck, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA, Potluck at 9pm, Contact Lauren Tucker

Wednesday, November 6 – 6-8pm: Presentation, Transforming Public Space with Mark Lakeman                                                        The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA,

Thursday, November 7 – 10am & Noon: 2 Meetings in Santa Barbara, CA

Friday, November 8 – 4pm: Visit PLACE intersection repair event, Block Party on the way, Oakland, CA

Saturday, November 9 – 6pm: Humbolt State University, State-Wdie Student Convergence, Arcata, CA

Sunday, November 10 – Am: Panel Discussion, Humbolt St. University, Student Convergence, Arcata, CA

Monday, November 11 – Am: Breakfast with organizations & city council members, Arcata, CA

End of California Speaking Tour 2013


October 15-16, 2013- At Living The New Economy Conference for dialogue-based Keynote Presentation, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC

October 17, 2013, 4:30 to 6pm- Open Studio Design Sessions at communitecture, Portland, OR

October 12 – 13, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC , Portland, OR

October 9, 2013, 3:30 pm- Redesigning The Commons Webinar Series, #6

October 5 – 6, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

September 27 – 29, 2013- Public presentations, permanent installations, Shawnigan Lake, BC

September 25, 2013- Redesigning The Commons Webinar Series, #5

September 20 – 22, 2013- Speaking and installations, First Annual Village Building Convergence, Cleveland, Ohio

September 14 – 15, 2013-  Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

September 13, 2013- Klikitat VBC Events, Atlan, Washington

September 11, 2013- Redesigning The Commons Online Webinar Series, #4

September 4 – 10, 2013- Village Reclamation Project, Minneapolis, MN

September 3, 2013- Host Tour for visiting planners from  Toronto, Portland, OR

August 31 – September 1, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

August 23 – 25, 2013- Design & Documentation Projects for Sardinian Village Research Projects with Prof. Sandra Davis Lakeman, SLO, CA

August 15, 2013- Open Studio Design Sessions at communitecture, Portland, OR

August 10 -11, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

August 7, 2013- Redesigning The Commons Online Webinar Series, #3

July 31, 2013- Redesigning The Commons Online Webinar Series, #2

July 30, 2013- Presentations for TIVNU/J-Build students, Portland, OR

July 27 – 29, 2013- Last Productions of Truth & Reconciliation Project, Labryinth Project Collaboration with Will Weigler & Guildworks, Victoria, BC

July 20 – 21, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

July 18, 2013- Redesigning The Commons Online Webinar Series, #4

July 12 – 14, 2013- Three Spoken Word Events, Oregon Country Fair, Veneta, OR

July 6 – 7, 2013- Teaching Projects, Planet Repair PDC, Portland, OR

July 2 -4, 2013- Keynote Presentation, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sellwood Gap, one of the largest urban food forests in the USA.

The Sellwood Gap is a citizen-led initiative to transform a series of undeveloped lots into a reflection of the needs and desires of the Sellwood Neighborhood. This community is very fortunate to have access to this amount of open space since most Portland neighborhoods have been developed without provision for many kinds of common spaces. The land was acquired through a Metro Bond Measure which provides for a wide variety of possibilities including open space, wild life habitat and corridors, native plantings, edible landscapes, and other possible ideas. The design depicted here is an early exploration that integrates nearly all of the diverse ideas that had been gathered to that point. It was prepared for presentation to Metro and Park’s Bureau staff as a way to explore a range of ideas, and to receive feedback. The next step included drafting a thorough community involvement plan that would lead to the creation of an actual design. The community design process has been underway since 2012, and implementation may happen in 2015. A further note: In 2012, just after an exciting community event at Sellwood’s SMILE Station concerning Food Forest design projects in Seattle, an intern at that time posted on this site that the Gap design was a specific kind of design related to Food Forests. We regret that enthusiastic over-statement, especially since the Gap project design process is still ongoing.

This project, an urban agriculture localization initiative, is a collaboration with numerous ecological design professionals including Doug Bullock, Jenny Pell, & Dave Boehnlein.


As of 2018, Planet Repair’s Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC) has transitioned to The City Repair Project. CR is an NGO that was originally organized out of PRI, and with it’s outstanding capacity to organize and produce projects and events it has taken on the coordination of this course. Mark Lakeman remains involved as a co-lead teacher. One of the most innovative permaculture courses in the world, this UPDC is a project-based design course that includes a sequential, multiple-cycle design methodology.

For up to date information on the course, see

From PRI: “Our course is embedded in the neighborhood of Sellwood, where we grapple with urban transformation in a real context dealing with real people and social dynamics, challenges, and opportunities! Each session we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, take down fences, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.”

Additionally, “We will be hosting many of our bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design who will cover a wide variety of topics, including soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, and community mapping and collaborative design methods. However, our course is not limited to the classroom and theoretical learning – we will be spending lots time outside applying our knowledge, learning from hands-on techniques, and actively implementing systems that will have an immediate direct impact on the neighborhood and on the planet!”

A Poster for the second annual course, below.