Working on this movie has lead me to ask many questions, both of myself and those I am interviewing. Mainly, why is something like Placemaking important?
You would think I would have that answered before making the movie, however, that is, I suppose, why I am making the film.Some might even ask, “What is Placemaking?” – the short answer is the reclaiming of spaces and turning them into places where people can experience a deeper connection and sense of enjoyment. It may come in the form of a bench, a kiosk, a garden, or an intersection that is painted by neighbors.
Driving on the South East side of Portland yesterday, I passed one of the many cob benches that have been built during the last 11 years of the VBC. I saw a group of teenagers seeking refuge from the sun and sitting in the cool shade of the living roof which covered the bench. Seeing their smiles and the pleasure in having a place to hang out made me understand what is being done here.
More then just benches to sit on or pretty paintings in the streets, the projects of the Village Building Convergence leave a lasting legacy of community. It takes community to create them, to up-keep them, and to enjoy them. Providing more Places for people to gather and get to know each other helps lead to less crime in a neighborhood, less isolation, and less fear of the unknown neighbor.
The importances of a modern-day village go much deeper. And the steps to get there are the focus of this movie. It is intended to be like a recipe book for other communities to cook up their own village magic. For more inspiration, please check out the movie when it is done! Follow along on the web site, or “Like” Village Alchemy on Facebook for up dates.
~ Hannah ~
World Village Building Gathering
July 30th through August 13th, 2011.
Information and schedule from the gathering’s Facebook event page:
Free Gathering with Focus on Natural Building
Opening 10am, July 30th with a 30 ft. Geodesic Dome Building Workshop w/ Ellias from Pacific Domes! THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE GATHERING. WE WILL UPDATE YOU THE DATE AND TIME THIS WILL START AS SOON AS WE KNOW. THANK YOU
…Come join in a Tipi Building Workshop, Cob, Post and Tier, and More!
Co-Creating a Kids Village in the woods along the Siuslaw River
Children’s Activities include;
Mineral Paint Making, Herbal Medicine Making, Natural Building, Organic Food Preparation, and More.
3 Meals Served Daily
Community Tipi’s and Tent Camping
Peace Village (Yoga, Kirtan, Meditation, Sweatlodge, and Massage)
directions from downtown eugene to village….
head south on willamette
turn right on west 18th
turn left on chambers
turn right at next stop sign on top of hill at Lorane Hwy.
turn left at next stop sign on Lorane Hwy. (continued)
turn left at next stop sign on Territerrioral Hwy
Go 6 miles to Lorane
make right at general store on Siuslaw Rd.
make left at next road right after mile maker # 43
make next immediate left on gravel rd.
go a couple hundred yards on look to your left
(please dont block road) and please also dont cross the bridge neighbor likes his privacy.
This year we have been seeing many placemaking convergence pop up in the Northwest. This weekend — August 11th – 14th — Olympia, Washington is putting on their own Village Building Convergence.
Olympia Village Building Convergence
For more info go to the website for the Oly VBC – olyvbc.org.
The schedule as printed on olyblog.net:
The Olympia Village Building Convergence will be taking place at Fertile Ground August 11-14. We will be hosting work parties during the day to transform the commons, and events during the evening to transform the community.
Work parties will be from 10a-5p each day of the OlyVBC… come for a few hours or the whole day, however much you would like to participate. Learn new skills, share your own, and meet some fine folks along the way.
• Community welcome gate
• Living roof for the cob pizza oven
• Intersection mandala painting
• Chicken tractor lounge
Evening events begin at 7p. The main event on Saturday night will cost a $5-$15 donation, all other evenings are free!
Thursday, August 11:
Nonviolent communication workshop with Liv Monroe
Friday, August 12:
Food Security in the South Sound
Food Summit update with TJ Johnson
Saturday, August 13:
Main event! $5-$15
Mark Lakeman and Mighk Simpson of the Planet Repair Institute
Followed by music with the Erev Rav Klezmer Orchestra
Sunday, August 14:
Come down to Fertile Ground and check out the energy, love and transformation