Village Inspiration Convergence (VIC): September 19, 2015

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


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)