Keynote: For Life and Liberty, Beauty and Justice

10:00 am, Room 210

Mark Lakeman, Communitecture Inc.

This surprising presentation will explore current horizons for the culture of resilient design, beginning with a more complex view of our design context. We will see how the might of democracy can engage through design to impact multiple scales of political, social, and economic change. From retrofits of current models of community, to emerging ones that accept the challenge of climate disruption, we will see that anything may indeed be possible through design.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how architecture and planning can have broader societal impact.

  • Engage in community design contexts with a broader view of historical and current needs, and potential outcomes.

  • Understand and communicate how design processes are absolutely vital to building resilient community that emphasizes equity and diversity.

  • Recognize how the architect or planner can become an essential facilitator of place making and community health in their own community.

Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than seven hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it’s various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.