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*Co-creating a City Repair Village Building Work & Playshop

Event Description

Placemaking pioneer Mark Lakeman returns to Vancouver to anchor and guide a 9-month placemaking course designed to empower and facilitate community leaders in creatively reimagining the way space can be used in urban environments, building community and actively engaging citizens in the evolution of their neighbourhoods.

The course will be launched with a public talk February 7, proceeded by eight monthly sessions facilitated with local teachers that include Story and Place: A First Nations land walk and shared spaces, Placemaking Nuts and Bolts: Community and civic engagement to the 2nd Annual City Commons Placemaking Convergence: Hands on workshops offered for specific skills.

Placemaking is one of the most effective tools available for community building, because it builds social capital in multiple ways. First, Placemaking brings neighbours together as part of the project planning, consultation and construction processes. Once completed, the project itself is a legacy with ongoing community-building effects. “Repaired” (place-made) streets and intersections often serve as community gathering places for events such as block parties or even more spontaneous, year-round gathering such as at the Gather Round roundabout at St George Street and 10th Ave in Vancouver, which has been transformed into a “micropark” complete with lawn chairs.

Course participants will meet on a roughly monthly basis (on Saturdays) at various indoor and outdoor venue throughout Vancouver for core instruction, and will have the option to attend several additional, optional workshops as well to gather the more specific skills they will need in order to complete their chosen project.

Please see website for full details and to purchase tickets

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Comment by Dana Wilson on January 24, 2014 at 12:44pm

Great Jill! I look forward to meeting you in person

Comment by Jill Ineson on January 23, 2014 at 9:53pm

I am attending the public talk to learn more about the program

Comment by Dana Wilson on January 18, 2014 at 11:42am

We've finally launched the website and you can now find out more and get tickets online. Please see here for more details:

Comment by Natasha Moore on January 10, 2014 at 3:38pm

Am very interested in the info session!!

Comment by Dana Wilson on January 8, 2014 at 2:37pm

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much for your interest! There will be a public talk scheduled for February 7 and we are in the final stages of the planning particulars and will post more details as soon as they arise.
Very soon!


Comment by Karen Elaine Gilchrist on January 7, 2014 at 1:09am

A second look. It appears that this is not an ontroduction but a full course start up. Will have to re-consider commitment 7 get in contact re scheduling.

Comment by Karen Elaine Gilchrist on January 4, 2014 at 8:31am

Is this introduction hour free?

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