City Repair: Portland Residents Create Community Through Green Building

An architect and corporate refugee, Mark Lakeman helped his neighbors build community using nothing more than mud and paint. Now, many other Portland, Oregon, neighborhoods are following suit.

Jenn Rawling, one of a team of collaborators with Mark Lakeman, created the pottery for this space. The building has two cob shells separated by an insulating layer of straw—an unprecedented design. Fine cob plaster, colored with red oxide, finishes the interior and exterior walls.
Photo By Susan Seubert