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First Mondays Documentary: Biophilic Design, special guest Mark Lakeman

Announcing a recurring by-donation only

'First Monday' Documentary Night launching March 4th

We'll be showing Biophilic Design: The Archetecture of Life, followed by special guest Mark Lakeman, Principal of Communitecture architecture firm and co-founder of the City Repair Project and the Planet Repair Institute.

After the 62-minute showing, Mark will offer local inspirations of ecological design and grassroots community-building. He will highlight the work of his architecture firm as well as that of the City Repair Project and the Planet Repair Institute, and offer an outline of how home-scale and block-scale design can literally change the world.

About the movie: "Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature."

The event will also include a gallery of large-print designs created by Mark Lakeman. Here's just a few examples of Mark's work:

Making an optional small donation helps us pay for the room and the screening right for the movie (we're doing it legit). See you there, and bring your friends!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good.

    March 6, 2013

  • Devta K.

    The documentary was interesting. Mark Lakeman brought it into an arena of implementation that was inspiring. I didn't realize the extent to which Portland neighborhoods are expressing themselves. This is a great start but as Mark said there is so much more to do. The prototypes are underway! Would be useful to hone in on a few plans for action more closely to guide others in starting the process.

    March 5, 2013

    • Matt B.

      This is a great follow-up meetup topic! I'll see if we can organize one that would essentially be the next 1.5 hours of presentation after Mark's talk where we would delve into the permaculture-based design of community projects and look at more local examples from Portland and from City Repair for inspiration and conversation.

      March 5, 2013

  • Mary H.

    here's a biophilia design competition -

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic presentation of this movie and great follow up talk by Mark Lakeman. Thank you for putting this together.

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Marlee

    Wonderful film about the human need to connect with nature and each other, and taking that into consideration when designing homes, work spaces, and gathering spaces in general. Why should we not surround ourselves with bits of nature everywhere we go? We were created to enjoy it! Exciting to think how much more nature-centered our environments could be if we all do our part! Buy a houseplant or two, give a plant to someone else, ask your boss if more plants could be added to your work areas, use comment cards/website contact pages to suggest your local shops plant large pots of flowers at their entryways, volunteer with organizations that plant trees or create community garden spaces, take a class to learn how to attract birds and wildlife to your backyard, participate in community events and share your ideas, etc., etc., etc. Looking forward to the next film!

    March 5, 2013

  • Brian

    inspiring...makes one realize how great our city is..

    March 4, 2013

  • Terran

    Mark Lakeman gave the perfect wrap-up. More time for conversation always a plus, but Lakeman addressed a great many of the arguments I'd have made about the film. Would benefit from hearing perhaps other arguments from the audience. Thanks so much!

    March 4, 2013

  • Blake G.

    Excited to join you guys!

    March 3, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    sorry to miss!

    March 3, 2013

  • Leslie

    I hope it's ok if I come a little late?

    February 27, 2013

  • Kathleen C.

    Oh shoot, I'll be in California...any way the talk could be recorded and reposted for later viewing, with the movie? Or could this event be repeated again?

    February 27, 2013

  • anthony h.

    I'll try to make it! :D

    February 25, 2013

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