FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Depave on Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Sledgehammers to fly as Depave Summer 2009 kicks off at MOSI Architecture site

Portland, OR, June 24, 2009 — The sledgehammer wielding activists of
Depave, a Portland-based organization dedicated to the removal of
unnecessary urban concrete and asphalt, are kicking off their summer
season this Saturday with an asphalt removal event in Northeast
Portland. The all-volunteer event will transform an existing 2,000
square foot asphalt parking lot into a usuable green space in which
the owners, MOSI Architecture, intend to plant a pumpkin patch for
this fall.

The Depave event will be held Saturday, June 27, 2009, beginning at
11:00 am. The site is located adjacent to MOSI Architecture at 4072
North Williams Avenue, on the corner of North Williams Avenue and NE
Mason Street. The event will end when all of the asphalt is removed,
approximately 3:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to stay afterward
for a kick-off celebration with beverages donated by Widmer Brothers

Depave will provide volunteers with all necessary tools, safety gear,
water and sunscreen. Due to the physical nature of asphalt removal,
volunteers should be prepared with the proper attire and footwear.
Volunteers are still needed and interested parties are encouraged to
contact or visit for more information
on the organization’s mission and event specifics. “Getting involved
is easy!” explains Maren Murphy, one of Depave’s organizers. “All you
have to do is show up, grab a tool, and get ready to have fun being a
part of this community movement!”

Principals of MOSI Architecture, Diana Moosman and Laurie Simpson
expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming event. Moosman says, “We are
very excited to have Depave transform our under-utilized parking lot
into a more sustainable green space.” Simpson adds, “This project
really aligns with our mission to help create more sustainable and
viable communities.”

Depave will hold five additional pavement removal projects throughout
the summer. For more information on this event, Depave’s upcoming
events, or the Depave organization, please contact or

About Depave:
Depave was created to inspire and promote the removal of unnecessary
concrete and asphalt from urban areas. The organization’s mission is
to promote livable cities where people and wildlife coexist and thrive
amidst clean air, clean water, and an abundance of plants, trees, and
vegetation. Through education and events, Depave educates the public
about the benefits of removing impervious pavements. Depave is a
project of City Repair, a nonprofit organization based in Portland,

About MOSI Achitecture:
MOSI Architecture is a Portland-based design firm dedicated to
creating places that bring people together in place and spirit,
enriching local communities with thoughtful, well-intentioned design.
MOSI provides full architecture and master-planning services for
public, commercial and residential projects.


Maren Murphy

Diana Moosman, Principal
MOSI Architecture