About The City Repair Project, www.cityrepair.org

  • Initiated by Mark Lakeman, 1996
  • Co-Founded as a 501c3 w/ Saskia Dresler, Daniel Lerch, & Charla Chamberlain, 2000

City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place-making projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair, including the Village Building Convergence, have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and a network of thousands of volunteer citizen activists.

The multidisciplinary nature of the City Repair Project defies categorization. It is a model for social and ecological restoration operating in a landscape characterized by isolation and compartmentalization. The project takes Fritjof Capra’s ‘Tipping Point’ as a model for paradigm change by intentionally focusing upon intersections in space and time. We are directly reclaiming those intersection points and opening the field for what automatically happens when people reunite with their Place: everything. The hundreds of projects restate the same themes but the forms change and evolve. Each project community questions convention, and reinvents as we restate the principles of creative community involvement and ownership, working to rejoin people to time and space in a place for sustainable, creative, localized culture.