Call for Interns or Volunteers for our Placemaking Team!

We are recruiting interns, or volunteer organizers, for our 2018 Placemaking season. This role will support our direct services to communities we're helping to create permaculture gardens, natural buildings, and intersection repair. We have released our Request for Proposals (RFPs), otherwise known as Placmaking Applications, so the work has already begun!

To apply for the position, email a letter of interest and resume to We'll be reviewing applications as they come in and are building a team of 3 to 5. Below are the position details: 

Organization Name, Address, phone number: 
The City Repair Project
1421 SE Division Street

Internship Title:  
Placemaking Intern

Supervisors' Name, position title, phone and email address:
Ridhi D’Cruz

Kirk Rea,

Organization vision statement
The City Repair Project fosters thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space.

Organization mission statement: 
City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve

Internship is unpaid, but we are exploring grant funding.

Internship Description
The Placemaking Intern assists in the following areas with facilitative leadership and within a larger team that provides direct service to communities implementing placemaking projects using intersection repair, permaculture gardening, and natural building. To read a personal reflection of a past intern, click here.

General Responsibilities

  1. Archival and documentation work including:

    1. Cataloging  past placemaking sites, government departments (eg: ONI), neighborhood coalitions, sister nonprofits/ community-oriented partners

    2. Systematize past, present and future partnership-building opportunities on google spreadsheets

    3. Support with program management for 2017 VBC Placemaking program

  2. Community Engagement

    1. Identify and outreach to potential/ interested new partners, especially marginalized groups

    2. Help host informational, culturally-responsive, and educational community engagement events, presentations, and workshops

    3. Work directly in the field and on-site with the communities City Repair serves

  3. Community Outreach

    1. Publicize events online and in-person

    2. Identify and attend tabling opportunities at fairs, conferences, and community building events hosted by sister organizations etc.

  4. Communications

    1. Support with the creation of the placemaking site component of the Village Builder Event Magazine

    2. Upkeep placemaking-related information on the website including

      1. FAQs

      2. Galleries

      3. Maps

  5. Peer-mentoring and collaborative leadership

    1. Co-create learning goals and areas of growth for the intern to pursue their passions and build their skill set

    2. Take on tasks through guidance and self-direction. We will co-create a work plan to meet learning goals.

    3. Write reflections on experiences.

10-15 per week, commitment expected when started through early-June, with summer 2018 extension an option as well as a smaller time frame (such as one term). Tuesdays are current  meeting and community workshop days. Occasional weekend workparties. A schedule can be made to fit changing schedules, especially due to class and other work.

    Rolling deadline. We are hoping to hire 3 to 5 interns.

Village Coalition: An uplifting opportunity

Article by Michelle Hess, a City Repair intern , Village Coalition Organizer, and Pod Designer.

As a Village Coalition intern with City Repair, I’ve had some uplifting opportunities to participate in events aimed at addressing houselessness in Portland. The Village Coalition is a group of organizers, individuals, and houseless villagers joining forces to come up with inventive solutions for the city’s growing houseless population. The coalition meets every other week with updates and to share resources for various projects and events. These meetings often run the gamut of emotions for me, from sadness and frustration when hearing accounts of camps being uprooted by recent sweeps, to heartwarming hopefulness when successes and victories are shared. Overall, it restores my faith in humanity to be in this room with so many people dedicated to making change.


On October 1st, I attended a design charrette hosted by PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design to come up with creative tiny houses (termed PODs by the city for permitting purposes) that could be combined to form houseless villages around the city. Attendees included architects, designers, houseless villagers, activists, and interested community members. As a designer, I thought it was a wonderful mix of people. Members of the houseless community were able to voice their needs and concerns for housing directly to architects and designers who can help create the plans and models needed to build pods for the houseless. In the end, each table presented their design solutions. This charrette was the first step in what will eventually be an exhibition of built PODs in December. The PODs will be displayed at various parks around the city to help familiarize the public with the houseless village model and challenge some of the existing perceptions regarding what houseless shelters can look like.


On October 9th and 11th, I also participated in a women’s shelter build, which took place at Castaway in NW Portland. Four 8’x8’ PODs are being built and will be donated to area churches for use as shelters on their property. The 9th was the first day of the build and, despite the rain, there was a great crew of volunteers. It was inspiring to see everyone work so well together. I was grateful for the more experienced carpenters who were willing to teach the rest of us the basics and keep things moving. I love to build things, but rarely have access to tools and materials, so this build felt extra-rewarding. It was a great opportunity to use my abilities and work with the community to build housing for women in need. On the first day, we started with an empty parking lot and piles of lumber, and ended with four framed shelters! The other build days were during the week, and expectedly slower, but when I was there on Tuesday, the shelters were sheathed and ready for siding, and roofing was underway. There were even plans for dog houses to be made out of scrap material, for occupant’s companion animals. This project is ongoing and has been relocated to the Rebuilding Center, but will hopefully be completed soon.

Open internship to support houseless communities

Village Coalition Internship

Since the founding of Dignity Village (pictured above) in the early 2000’s, we have been supporting houseless people with design support, community builds, policy advocacy, and giving a spotlight and platform to community members. We recently helped Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) design  their new village (shown at the bottom of this document) and are an active member of a Village Coalition which is crafting design and policy to aid the creation and implementation of houseless villages in Portland.

We are looking for an intern to join the City Repair team to support our houseless support initiatives. We have a large need for program support through December as we work with a multi-organizational Village Coalition and there is a probability of extending the program through our June 2017 Village Building Convergence. As this program has started with deadlines quickly approaching, a highly flexible and adaptable nature is required. 

While this is an unpaid internship, it is an amazing opportunity to work in placemaking and with houseless communities to innovate our society’s responsive systems to creating shelter for everyone. Additionally, as an educational non-profit we will train you in any relevant skill you want to learn or hone within this program.

Skills employed in this program include:

  • Houseless and Affordable Housing Advocacy

  • Community Built Facilitation and Designing

  • Program and Event Management

  • Collaboration and Conflict Resolution

  • Sustainable Urban Planning

  • Diversity and Equity

  • Administrative Duties


Specific tasks or outcomes of this internship include:


  • Attending Village Coalition meetings and possibly sub-committees

  • Tracking city council decisions on emergency housing and houseless villages

  • Aid planning community events, such as teach-ins, presentations, and gallery exhibits

  • Write articles and reports for City Repair and Village Coalition

  • Represent City Repair to community partners and citizens


Additional skills that can benefit the program include:


  • Construction and building experience

  • Architectural design training

  • Permaculture design

  • Graphic design

  • Fundraising and grant writing

  • Public Speaking


City Repair holds dear equity, consensus, shared leaderships, and earth care in our service to the community and to our own collective. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of a just and healthy world.


Applications for the Village Coalition Intern will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the position open until filled. If you are interested please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (preferably combined as a single document) to Kirk Rea, Volunteer Coordinator and Placemaking Community Organizer at With questions call 307-287-0005 (no text).

Right 2 Dream Too's new location in dreamscape.

Right 2 Dream Too's new location in dreamscape.

Right 2 Dream Too's new location base map.

Right 2 Dream Too's new location base map.

Placemaking to Reduce Youth Violence

Installing a free little library. 

Installing a free little library. 

How do we work with youth violence in our communities? With gang activity? How do we engage with positivity and empowerment instead of punishment or putting up social and psychological barriers? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken an unconventional approach by viewing and treating violence as a public health issue and is philosophically and financially supporting treatment nationally through the STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) program.

In Portland, STRYVE PDX is an initiative of the Multnomah County Health Department and involves a coalition of organizations and community organizers. STRYVE PDX works in gang-affected neighborhoods and works with youth and their communities to nurture safety and grow power through youth involvement in dialogues, public space design (Placemaking), and other projects that bring the community together to build understanding and respect across differences.

Intrigued by the City Repair Placemaking model and especially our use of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), STRYVE youth connected with City Repair by painting an intersection repair in North Portland, an installation called the "Big Bang of Peace" in 2014. Since then, City Repair has continued to support STRYVE in Placemaking activities, consulting on new projects including free little library installations where youth were able to receive wages doing community work as well as hosting workparties for families in a neighborhood to build and install the installations.

On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, a workparty occurred in New Columbia Apartments, an affordable housing community in North Portland. Already activated with community programs, gardens, and art, nine free little libraries were grounded into the thriving place. Ali, an Ethiopian immigrant five months into Portland, expressed joy working outside and getting his step-children learning new skills as they worked with new tools and helped to install the little libraries. "Walking is good. Community is good. Being singular is bad," Ali mentioned, smiling as the youngsters called out wanting to get in line to use the pickaxe to get through the ground's clay to open up a hole to build a foundation for the library's post.

At the end of the workparty and sitting in a circle about to eat pizza for lunch, the youth reflected on the workparty, remembering the new tools they worked with, like a post hole digger, and the benefit of their work for the day which was to provide free access to books so their community can learn, save money, and share.

City Repair will continue to consult with STRYVE on new projects, including installing peace poles in various Portland communities and creating an online map of 100+ free little libraries that the STRYVE youth built and installed across the metro area.

Stay tuned for future City Repair workparties and volunteer opportunities with STRYVE PDX and please see their website here:


2015 Village Inspiration Convergence!

Join us in kicking off City Repair's Fall 2015/Summer 2016 Placemaking Season!

RSVP to the FB Event by Clicking Here


If you’ve ever been curious about those street paintings, or earthen benches with living roofs that you see around Portland, or how to get a community garden going, then this is the event for you!

We’ll have a variety of offerings available for folks new to this work to get a basic introduction as well as experienced placemakers learning to take it to the next level.


  • Learn how to transform ordinary spaces into meaningful and sustainable community-oriented places.

  • Connect and root into the fall with community, new and old, and have fun!

  • Get information and materials to register as a community site and/or volunteer with the Village Building Convergence 16.

  • Practice social permaculture to invite and build teams with your neighbors to design places with you.


12 pm - 2 pm: Bike tour of VBC nearby Placemaking Sites. Start at NECN Building.

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Hands demonstrations and workshops! Including seed and plant exchange (bring your extra!), woodworking and upcycling, participatory art, and peace mandala creation.

5:30: Community Dinner.

6:30 pm - 7:20 pm:  The Village Lives with Mark Lakeman, inspiring overview of City Repair's placemaking, always something new in it!

7:30 - 9 pm:   Community Building Interactive Workshops highlighting the main themes of City Repair's Placemaking work, while bringing people together in a fun and educational way.

Themes include: intersection repair, block repair, community art, permaculture, natural building, community building, cultural diversity in community organizing, and social permaculture.

Workshops will be led by Mark Lakeman, Marc Tobin, Ridhi D'Cruz, SaraHope Smith, Ted Swagerty and other experienced placemakers from City Repair.

9 - 10pm: Live Music with our friends from the Blooming Biodiversity Tour!

Suggested donation is just $15 at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds). Donations support our Placemaking Program and participating low-income communities.

Other Great City Repair Supported Events this September!

City Repair’s Fall Activation Series also includes two super amazing workshops in Portland the week leading up to VIC, and a mini-convergence near Mt. Hood the week after:

Sept. 11th:      Toby Hemenway-  The Permaculture City, a Presentation and Book Release

Sept. 17th:       Jon Young-  Village Building as Part of Human Design

Sept. 25-28th:   The Atlan Village Building Convergence (near Hood River)

Alley Repair, Community Based Art

Calling all artists! All skills levels welcomed! 

Come out and paint with us Sunday, July 19th from noon to ___ next to the food trucks on NE 23rd and Alberta Street. This will be a celebration of 3 years of live Painting and the Benevolent Street Art Renaissance growing in the NE Alberta Art district. 

Art Supplies and surfaces to paint will be provided. We encourage creativity and sharing techniques with each other in an open seating.

Come to the area next to Townshends Tea house... we will be having a Jazz Band play during the event! 

Big props to Alley Allies for facilitating this event! 

For more info contact the City Repair intern Michael at for more info.

City Repair presents in Detroit

Presentation with placemaking visionary Mark Lakeman, cofounder and continuing organizer of City Repair and the Village Building Convergence, is set for March 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm, at the Saint Christine Soup Kitchen, 22261 Fenkell St, Detroit, Michigan 48223.

For whoever isn't already familiar with Mark, he is a preeminent leader in community-based, democratized urban planning. He is not to be missed.

*** FREE * DONATIONS delightfully ACCEPTED ***

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, 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.


For more info: or contact Gregory at 313.265.7914 or

Mark will also be presenting (all events unique):
*Bad Ass Democracy - Reclaiming the Public Commons at Wayne State University (March 25)
* City Repair Detroit - Participatory Design & Implementation Workshop at Jam Handy (March 26)
* Untitled Kalamazoo Event
* Untitled Cleveland Events

The Unforseen Benefits of Placemaking: A Village Pollinator Night

Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm is City Repair’s monthly Village Pollinators Night at Green Dragon Bistro and Pub, 928 SE 9th Ave -  an event that honors communities for transforming urban space into a common gathering place ultimately creating a healthy, safer and happier neighborhoods. This month, Jeri Bee, will talk about her first time coordinating her neighborhood to paint the Elliot Intersection Repair on Rodney and Tillamook.

The Green Dragon has kindly offered to host us in their Grow Hut and will be donating a portion of food and drink sales to City Repair.

The event will feature a short presentation from Jeri Bee. She will be presenting about the history of her neighborhood, how the neighborhood “repaired” the intersection and the tremendous affect it has had on all of the surrounding neighbors.

After the presentation, audience members interested in hosting a community placemaking project will be invited to ask Jeri any questions they may have. Marc Tobin, the Executive Director of City Repair, will be on hand to play acoustic guitar for us after the presentation.

Community placemaking project applications will be on hand for folks who are interested in becoming a Village Pollinators themselves!

City Repair has been building stronger communities through grassroots led public art and natural building for over 15 years from the Sunnyside Sunflower to the Syracuse intersection in St. John’s.