Reclaiming the Commons: Uniting for Our Shared Future with Mark Lakeman


Presented by the UCSC Common Ground Center

Join us for an evening focused on the ways in which we can reclaim the commons in our communities. This event will feature a keynote address by Mark Lakeman and a World Cafe conversation about possibilities for public placemaking in Santa Cruz. After discussing how we can become more connected with the places and people around us, we'll venture off-campus by bike, Bike Party-style, on a two-wheeled adventure through our town.

Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of the non-profit placemaking organization The City Repair Project, and principal of the community architecture and planning firm Communitecture. Mr. Lakeman is also an urban place-maker and permaculture designer, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst in his very active commitment to the emergence of sustainable cultural landscapes everywhere. Every design project he is involved with furthers the development of a beneficial vision for human and ecological communities. Whether this involves urban design and placemaking, ecological building, encourages community interaction, or assists those who typically do not have access to design services, Mark’s leadership has benefited communities across the North American continent. These include cities such as Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Ottawa where City Repair Projects are underway.

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