Good Design is for Everyone
Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA) is a Chicago-based architectural practice established in 1987 that is distinguished by its community-based approach. An innovative leader and hands-on champion of affordable housing and neighborhood planning, LBBA believes good design should be available to all. Together with clients and community stakeholders, LBBA co-creates inventive, inviting, and sustainable spaces and places that transform lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and regenerate cities.
IFF Access Housing provides much-needed affordable and integrated housing opportunities for people with low income and special needs. Located over 25 scattered-sites in a 2-1/2 mile footprint, the project helps stabilize Chicago’s Humboldt Park...
Phil B. Curls Manor is the first phase of the Kansas City Intergenerational Community. The 4-story building provides 54 affordable apartments for seniors and amenities that include a theater, community room, fitness, bike storage, in-unit laundry...
ChiCAT is founded on the principles that creative endeavors can build enterprises and expand human possibility, that environments shape lives, and that everyone deserves a beautiful, respectful, safe space in which to learn. Underserved communities have little access to job training and employment opportunities, which leads to hopelessness, poverty, and disenfranchisement. ChiCAT strengthens the community by providing innovative youth art and adult vocational training in a life-affirming, supportive center.
"What is the potential impact of changing a closed Chicago Public School into community-benefit, supportive housing?"
In partnership with Heartland Housing, cityLab 2017 engages in research around the redevelopment of the former Calhoun Elementary School. For six weeks, the Labs interns will observe the site, meet with partners, develop architecture skills, and document their work. A culminating presentation will share data and designs with local community partners.
CHICAGO HAS A SOLID COMMUNITY WORKING IN PUBLIC INTEREST DESIGN. LANDON BONE BAKER IS ALWAYS AT THE TABLE.
KRISANN REHBEIN, MANAGER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION