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Village Building Design Course: A Placemaking Online Intensive

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Join us in experiencing this online workshop format of City Repair’s placemaking intensive training.

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Village Building Design Course: A Placemaking Online Intensive

Join us for City Repair’s Spring Village Building Design Course (VBDC), a five-day placemaking intensive course to help you lay the foundations for, jumpstart or deepen community-initiated initiatives that reclaim the commons, repair our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the places we inhabit. Our content condenses over 20 years of experience supporting and facilitating placemaking initiatives in Portland, OR, across North America and around the world into an accessible 15-hour program. The sessions are designed to support you and your community at whatever stage in the process of urban village building you are at in the present moment.

When: Mon, May 31- Fri, June 4, 2021, 4pm-7pm Pacific Time Zone (PT) via zoom.


Individual Track: If you are registering as an individual: $250

Group Track: We are offering a group discount, where after the initial $250 individual purchase, each additional person will have a ticket of $150. For a group, this can be your house pod, a work group, community group, friends, family, etc., whether you are sharing a screen or will be Zooming separately.

Registration Cost:

Individual: $250

Group of two: $400

Group of 3:$550

Group of 4: $700

Digital Track: If you would like to view content asynchronously, we are able to offer recordings of the sessions for $150. This does not include a 15-hour certificate of training in Urban Placemaking and Village Building Design.

50% Discount for City Repair community members: We’re offering anyone who has volunteered with VBC Core, or attended a previous VBDC, Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC), or a VBC Placemaking Program, then please reach out to vbdcteam@cityrepair.org to get your discount code!


Please register via our Eventbrite page here or by visiting https://vbdcsummer2021.eventbrite.com


Please inquire via vbdcteam@cityrepair.org for scholarships to ensure accessibility for QTBIPOC and low-income individuals inhabiting multiple identities of marginalization.

Your Facilitators:

Ridhi D'Cruz, Co-Executive Director

Kirk Rea, Co-Executive Director

Matt Bibeau, Educational Events Director

Molly Esteve, Design Director

Yu Murakami, Placemaking Consultant from Japan

Topics covered will include:

What are Placemaking, PlaceKeeping and Place Justice? What are some of the design principles for making places for collective liberation?

The origins of the City Repair Project & the Village Building Convergence and where we are heading after two decades of movement building.

Effective tools, techniques and strategies for placemaking especially in the public right-of-way.

Building effective coalitions with government, nonprofits, businesses and especially marginalized community groups to catalyze place-based power.

Placemaking project management skills including budgeting, volunteer recruitment, team building and day-of volunteer management.

Placemaking in the time of COVID-19, global uprisings for Black Lives and Climate Chaos.

Two types of Certification:

Participants who complete the course will earn a 15-hour certificate of training in Urban Placemaking and Village Building Design from the City Repair Project-Portland.

You can still receive a certificate for completing the course if you miss upto 1 session as long as you’re able to review the material from our google classroom archive. Folks who miss more than one evening session content or who are taking the course digitally will receive a certificate for their participation.

Course Content Archive:

All participants will be provided links to curated videos from these sessions as well as additional content that gives a unique glimpse into key aspects of this work.

Technology and Accessibility

We believe in holding a strong container for people from different walks of life to converge, share perspectives and learn from each other and so there will be time for facilitated discussions, break out groups and creative design tools to tap into the collective wisdom in the room and to decolonize our pedagogy and uplift voices and initiatives especially of those most impacted by the intersecting violences of colonization, patriarchy and capitalism.

We will be using Zoom, Youtube, Conceptboard and Google Suite (Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Drawing and Google Slides) to provide you with engaging and interactive sessions.

Please reach out for any accessibility needs or concerns and we will strive to make accommodations, for example we can turn on closed captioning for folks hard of hearing. This course is taught in English, and one instructor can support Japanese speakers.

The time frame of 4 pm to 7 pm PT was determined as a way to to reach folks in diverse time zones.

Additional Consulting Package:

This course is just a sampling of how to get started. If you’re needing any additional or continued support, we offer personalized consultations on a sliding scale basis.


Please reach out via vbdcteam@cityrepair.org.

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