Community Activities

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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Teens Tour City Gardens

Teens observing grills in City Gardens courtyard

Teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s After School Matters were taken on a tour of nearly-completed City Gardens as part of their research in affordable housing! Joined by Jason Hill of Michaels Development Company, Pete Landon and Trish Girdwood introduced the students to LBBA’s work, opportunities for them in the field, and community-based design approaches which included role-playing and…

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Design Firms Now Featuring Advocacy Banner

Venn diagram of Architects Advocate's practice and policy

Today we join 70+ Chicago firms in supporting architects advocate action on climate change, a fast-growing public initiative and online platform for architects to publicly speak out for meaningful legislation to mitigate climate change. With today’s public launch, participating firms are now displaying banners on their company’s home page and are encouraged to share stories and short videos through various platforms…

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Drawing Tiny Homes at SkyART

Peter Landon showing tiny homes floor plan to 7-9 year old art students

Pete and Emma visited SkyART to talk to 7-9 year old art students about what architects do and had them draw tiny house floor plans. So much imagination packed into every square foot!

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LBBA Hosts Youth Career Day for Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Emma Jasinski, Peter Landon, Jack Schroeder, and four young men from Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation posing for photo at LBBA office

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR), a restorative justice center on the South Side of Chicago, visited our office today with a group of 4 young men between the ages of 13-16 who are participating in their 6-week summer program. PBMR primarily serves court-involved and at-risk boys from the Back of the Yards and Englewood neighborhoods.…

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Ethical Redevelopment Salon Sessions Start

Taylor Holloway, Terran Wilson, Morgan Martison, Emma Jasinski, and Joseph Altshuler seated at a table smiling

LBBA joins a year-long discussion on Ethical Redevelopment through a series of workshops and public convenings initiated by the University of Chicago’s Place Lab. Learn more here: placelab.uchicago.edu/ethical-redevelopment

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