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Block Repair and
Urban Village Remediation
We will discuss efforts to reclaim commons space on the block, take down fences to create inner-block pathways, create co-operative agricultural models in the neighborhood, map and share our collective skills and resources, create new opportunities non-monetary exchange, and much more. Additionally we will discuss our neighborhood’s Urban Permaculture Design Course model that is integrated into the immediate landscape and Community.
Mark Lakeman, Mighk S, and Hannah Poirier live at the Planet Repair Institute – a creative hub for the design and experimentation of perennial polyculture, and blockwide permaculture systems in the city. This house has been a place of community, convergence and creativity since 1996, and is the house where the City Repair Project and the Village Building convergence were born. While these projects have had a tremendous impact on the landscape of the city around us, it was only in the past couple of years that it was realized that the place we call home is as much of a project as any! Henceforth, the Planet Repair Institute was inaugurated!
Today the collective re-creation of what is otherwise an ordinary house is the focus of much of our passion. We are implementing simple, affordable, and accessible solutions at home to reduce our dependency on an unsustainable culture and an economy that is in crisis. We are doing this in collaboration with our neighbors in order to redesign the block as a whole because ecology knows no boarders, and because we cannot solve our collective problems in social isolation. Every step in this process is a learning opportunity, so we host frequent workshops and projects from our house, including our exciting new model for an Urban Permaculture Design Course that was launched this past spring.
Mighk Simpson is a permaculturalist, writter and community organizer whose homebase is the islands in the Salish Sea. He is a co-founder of the Planet Repair Institute.