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Uploaded on Oct 1, 2009
Architect Mark Lakeman provides an enlightening comparison between the structural patterns of indigenous settlement that sustain cultures rich in social connection and cosmic relation, and the Assyrian grid imposed by Rome to subjugate the soul of the village to the imperatives of commerce and control now dominating our modern cities. He recounts the initial activity and evolution of City Repair, his phenomenal group action project in Portland, Oregon that has improvised a popular process for urban grid relief by converting neighborhood intersections into circular commons which serve as transformational nodes for reviving social integrity and political autonomy, expanding our perspectives of relation, and restoring our belonging to place as a basis of community. - Logan Nevitt