“Cracks in the Pavement” is a talk on Thursday, July 17 about reclaiming public spaces, by architect and urban designer Mark Lakeman. Doors open at 6:30, and tickets cost $15-25 (pre-register and save!)
I’ve always found the idea of designing urban spaces so that a diverse group of people are living together and interacting with one another an intriguing one. The talk itself focuses on reclaiming spaces within existing communities, from turning an intersection into a community gathering space to creating a community garden, getting neighbours and children and pets out into the same space so that they can all get to know one another.
Reading some of Lakeman’s work, he uses an interesting phrase: he’s all about creating “place” out of “space.” A place is somewhere you hang out, meet friends and play D&D, but a space is just an empty area that nothing is drawn to.
This week is a busy one for me, so I won’t be able to make it. I’m counting on you all to tweet about it!