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Mark Lakeman: Building the Village / Lydia Doleman: Building Houses Naturally / The City Repair Team: Repair Your City

  • Carvlin Hall 2408 Southeast 16th Avenue Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Mark Lakeman will offer a history of what is possible and what more we can do in a presentation that gives special atterntion to the responsibility of designers and community builders to make homes for the most vulnerable citizens. Mark will herald the good progress that has been made with the launching of several municipally-supported tiny home villages in the Portland area and what's just over the horizon. 

Lydia Dolman will open the evening with a presentation on the relationship between natural building and community building, and share some of her highlights building homes from natural materials and writing a book on Light Straw Clay Construction

Ridhi D'Cruz, Priti Shah, Kirk Rea and Matt Bibeau will co-introduce City Repair's Village Building Design Course, Repair Your City, that continues nightly Monday through Wednesday at the same time and place.

Heartbeat Silent Disco will help us finish off the night with over an hour of very danceable DJing from the one and only DJ Takimba and company.


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 three 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. 

Lydia is a natural builder and activist currently practicing in Southern OR. She has been building since she first stole her sister’s legos at the age of three. For the last thirteen years her work has been a culminating point for ecology, art and social justice. Flying Hammer Productions is her natural building construction company focused on pushing the bounds of affordable and energy efficient housing, training people and communities in various building skills and infusing the dreary urban fabric with structures that reflect beauty, sustainability and community. 

Priti, Ridhi and Kirk serve as the co-Executive Directors of the City Repair Project, and Matt as the Events Director. Along with Mark Lakeman, this teaching team leads the Village Building Design Course aimed at developing the skillset of the project-based community organizer or group.