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REIMAGINING THE CITY
Urban Placemaking for Cultural Transformation
A City Repair Workshop with Mark Lakeman
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 — 9am-5pm — Downtown Santa Cruz
What would you like to create in your community over the next 10 years? Join us for a workshop about building inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities one block at a time!
Mark Lakeman is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. Mr. Lakeman is the co-founder of the City Repair Project, and Communitecture, an architectural firm focused on community and regenerative design. The workshop draws on case studies of successful large-scale projects from places like Portland, Oregon, and demonstrates a proven model for engaging the public in the co-creation of thriving, resilient communities.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Families, citizens, neighborhood groups, city planners and elected officials, civil society organizations, housing and transportation advocates, local businesses, permaculture designers, and anyone interested in sustainable cities.
WE WILL EXPLORE THESE QUESTIONS:
How and where do communities grow? How can growth happen while preserving the integrity of neighborhood life?
How can placemaking address and involve those who are experiencing homelessness and houselessness in our community?
What are other added benefits we can integrate into placemaking in our cities, such as sustainable design that sequesters carbon, recharges groundwater, provides permanently affordable housing, and sustainable transportation?
What will we do by 2030 to create community resilience in the face of climate change? What can citizens and neighborhoods do right now, and what are successful strategies for working with government and businesses?
In the morning, Mark will discuss in detail the principles and practices that lead to successful public participation, social transformation, and civic engagement. When our neighborhoods are more connected, we can address challenges in our community collectively.
In the afternoon, participants will workshop how to design commons, engage stakeholders, and implement public placemaking projects by applying strategies, ideas, and principles from the morning’s presentations.
There will be a group of people choosing to workshop the idea of creating downtown commons in Santa Cruz, building upon the discussion that will take place the night before during a public event on this topic with Mark. What is the highest and best use of the parking lots in downtown Santa Cruz that are slated for redevelopment in the coming years?
Additionally, participants may bring a project from their own community to workshop in the afternoon. If that is the case it is highly encouraged to sign up with other members of your community.
This one-day workshop will take place in downtown Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 30 from 9am-5pm with a 1 hour break for lunch. Participants will have the option to purchase lunch at the beginning of the workshop, and travel together to a restaurant for a group meal.
THIS IS PART OF A SERIES OF EVENTS WITH MARK IN SANTA CRUZ
Friday, March 29th: Imagining the Downtown Commons at Louden Nelson Community Center
Tuesday, April 2nd @ Kresge College TBA