Community Activities

Peter Exley for 2021 President-Elect

LBBA believes that affordable housing is essential to a strong and equitable community. We enthusiastically support Peter Exley for AIA 2020 First Vice President/2021 President! Peter believes that a range of programs presenting choice, variety, community, and access to services are critical factors in policy development, versus any singular focus. Peter will continue his visible…

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My Block My Hood My City Exploration Program

Landon Bone Baker Architects Hope Dinsmore assisting My Block My Hood My City Students with the Create Document Activity

Yesterday we hosted the My Block My Hood My City (M3) Explorers for the second time and had lots of fun showing them a brief overview of architecture and introducing them to the work we do here at LBBA. M3 explorers program provides underprivileged youth opportunities and awareness beyond their neighborhood by taking the teens…

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Fairfield Innovation Plan Community Meeting

Catherine Baker and Terran Wilson joined Camiros and Blacks In Green in Huntington, WV last week to discuss the Fairfield Innovation Plan with residents. The spirited community meeting focused on dreams for what the neighborhood will become. We are excited to team with Camiros on this project and to see what the future holds for…

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Fun With Architecture: LBBA Labs Fall Session at After School Matters

After School Matters class at Milennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavillion

By Destiny McClellan Last Fall, LBBA hosted our third Labs program in partnership with After School Matters. Below, one of the teens from our program shares her thoughts on the sessionDestiny McClellan is a sophomore that attends King College Prep and is 15 years old. She likes food, music, and fashion. On the first day…

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On The Table: Tools to Create Affordable, Resilient, and Sustainable Neighborhoods

What are the tools or incentives to preserve affordable housing in areas with heavy gentrification? How do we ensure that the public’s voice is heard? As part of the 2017 On The Table held in May, the Lawyers‘ Committee for Better Housing brought together people interested in affordable housing and community development to map a vision for Chicago’s communities…

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Reflecting on the Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series

Seated audience gathered around presenters at the first Ethical Redevelopment Salon Session

This text first appeared in “Ethical Redevelopment Salon Sessions: Written Reflections,” published by The University of Chicago and Place Lab. It documents our experience participating in the year-long Salon Series and our ambitions for architects to promote equity within the urban environment. Learn more about Place Lab’s work and the 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment…

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Meet the newest LBBA Labs team!

  We are excited to announce cityLab 2017! In its 8th year, LBBA Labs hire high school students to research an issue facing a neighborhood and offer design recommendations through a current LBBA project. The focus of each Lab is developed in partnership with a community organization. In partnership with Heartland Housing, cityLab 2017 engages five high school students and three college mentors in…

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The Tiny Report

Interior of Tiny Homes Competition first place winning entry facing kitchen and bedroom

Affordable housing developments, such as SRO’s, can have a great impact on people experiencing homelessness or low income. However, affordable housing as we know it doesn’t have a solution that addresses every issue surrounding this topic. These developments usually take 3-5 years to be completed with an average unit costing $350,000 and 30% of the…

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