Reclaiming Public Space with Placemaking (July 2018)

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Reclaiming Public Space with Placemaking (July 2018)

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Collaborative Visioning and Design with City Repair

In today's cities, finding connection requires intentional design. Join longtime City Repair organizers to learn best practices for grassroots community building that fosters place-based empowerment.

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Date: Sunday, July 1st
Time: 2 - 6pm (optional street painting session from 10 am - 1 pm)
Location: 1905 NE Going Street

Tier A Pricing: $70 ($30/hr or above wage earners)
Tier B Pricing: $50 ($16-$29/hr wage earners)
Tier C Pricing: $35 ($15/hr or below wage earners)
See our Pricing + Generosity Policy for more information on tiered pricing.

We are currently facing great ecological, collective, and personal potential for how we can inhabit this planet—and, more specifically, the precious places we live, work, and play in—more respectfully. At the same time, many of us feel isolated and disempowered as we simultaneously metabolize our grief over the spaces we've lost and try to find ways to improve the situation.

In this afternoon course, you will hear from two long-time community organizers about City Repair’s model of “village building,” from its origin to present-day applications in a wide variety of contexts, from increasing pollinator habitats to supporting city-sanctioned tiny house villages for our houseless neighbors. We will then play an interactive game that models an inclusive design process. We will end the session by explaining our Village Building Convergence model, which will help you move from collective vision to collective implementation. Participants are welcome to join us in painting the street at the Woodlawn Farmers’ Market (NE Durham between NE Dekum and NE Madrona) from 10 am - 1 pm the day of the workshop.

 Reclaiming public space and “commons culture” are pivotal pathways to finding our places within the larger movement for positive change.It is our goal to equip you with enough stories and tools for facilitating place-based empowerment, so that we can all grow our capacity to creatively respond to the opportunities emerging in our communities.

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Ridhi D’Cruz is one of three co-Executive Directors of City Repair. As an intercontinental cross-pollinator, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator who has been living in Portland since 2010, Ridhi participates, facilitates, and supports various initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; placemaking; capacity building; houseless advocacy; Native American allyship; cultural sustainability; and social permaculture. She is also a passionate herbalist, urban wildcrafter, natural building and participatory technology enthusiast, animal lover, and urban permaculture homesteader. You can reach her at and





Kirk Rea has been an environmental and social justice activist since childhood, learning to pick up litter, to compost, and how to draw trees from his mom and to hold picket lines with his dad's union. As a queer person of color, Kirk works in service to marginalized communities using his skills in visual art, facilitation, and permaculture design to engage in activism, advocacy, and education. Working with City Repair since 2011, he also co-coordinated a queer and trans art and music festival called Not Enough! and is a member of a Latin@ art collective called Latino Art Now! As an artist, Kirk focuses on themes of sacred space, community engagement, decolonization, and environmentalism. You can reach him at