Community Activities

The principals regularly participate in national and local conferences, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions with the goal of moving the bar forward and sharing ideas to ultimately bring better design to LBBA’s projects and the greater architectural community.

LBBA Hosts Film Screening, Discussion on Stories From Cabrini Green

On Thursday evening, Landon Bone Baker Architects was joined by Holsten Human Capital Development, Heartland Housing, Archeworks, and many others representing the field of community development in Chicago for a film screening of Sam Spitz’s “The Greens,” a 20-minute personal journey documentary he wrote, directed, and produced about Cabrini Green. The film starts when a white…

AIA Chicago, Chicago Public Schools Partner for Girls Architecture Workshop

Last Tuesday, the UIC School of Architecture hosted 80 6th-7th grade girls from three area Chicago Public Schools for AIA Chicago’s third annual youth and architecture event. LBBA’s Terran Wilson and Maggie Jarr helped lead the girls in a model-building activity that aimed to spark their interest in architecture and design through an exploration of…

Chicago Botanic Garden Begins Horticultural Classes at Buffett Place

On Wednesday evening, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Horticultural Therapy staff welcomed community members to the first Community Engagement evening program hosted by the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place. Attendees gathered on the new green roof deck to participate in a spring bulb planting activity. During the session, participants learned how to appropriately plant, or “force,”…

Visit Harvest Commons, Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative During Open House Chicago

Have you planned your itinerary for this weekend’s Open House Chicago? The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s free public festival offers behind-the-scenes access to 150 buildings across Chicago. New to this year’s site list are Harvest Commons Apartments and Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative; two unique models for affordable housing and sustainable preservation. OHC is completely free-of-charge—no registration or…

Windy City Harvest at Legends South

The Chicago Botanic Garden, through its Windy City Harvest system, has developed a two-acre urban farm and incubator within the footprint of the former Robert Taylor Homes public housing project (now Legends South). The program’s new Legends Farm, supported by site developer Brinshore-Michaels and USDA, includes multiple quarter-acre farm plots, as well as shared-use tool…

Register for BuildingChicago/Greening the Heartland Conference

Next week, LBBA’s Terran Wilson will join Zurich Esposito (AIA Chicago), Arathi Gowda (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), and Marya Graff (Cannon Design) for a presentation and panel discussion during the 2nd annual BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland Expo & Conference. “AIA 2030 Commitment: Creating a Culture of Change” will explore how the AIA 2030 Commitment is effecting the way…

Behind the Scenes at Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative

Last spring, Catherine Baker, Principal at LBBA, and Jeffreen Hayes, Director at Rebuild Foundation, presented Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative at Chicago Architecture Foundation’s weekly lunchtime program, Lunch Talks@CAF. The presentation is now archived online and includes a behind-the-scenes video at the construction site. Follow LBBA’s Jack Schroeder and Peter Levavi of Brinshore Development as they walk…

Local AIA Programs Advance Leadership, Mentorship Among Architects

To help architects take the extra step of being a leader in their community and engaging the public as a member of the profession, AIA Illinois and AIA Chicago are offering programs aimed at developing leadership skills and sharing experiences through mentorship. LBBA has participated in some of the local Illinois and Chicago chapters’ most…

LUCHA Hosts Eco-Charrette to Develop Affordable, Healthy Housing in Humboldt Park

Last Saturday, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) led an interactive brainstorming session to generate and target sustainability goals for its new wellness-centered housing development, Tierra Linda. Tierra Linda, meaning “beautiful earth,” is a scattered site, affordable rental housing project located in Humboldt Park and near the Bloomingdale Trail that is being conceived to nurture…

LBBA’s cityLab Studies Urban Design at Westhaven

LBBA Community Workshop is back! This summer’s “Lab” program is cityLab; a summer workshop that will study human interaction, environmental health, and the built environment at Westhaven, the replacement housing for Henry Horner Homes in Chicago’s Near West Side. For six weeks cityLab interns will observe and survey the site, interview residents, and use their…

Chicago: City of Big Data Exhibition Opens at CAF

Chicago Architecture Foundation’s new exhibition, Chicago: City of Big Data, is launching this Thursday, May 8! Data has become a 21st century design material, and CAF’s exhibit will show how each of us contribute to the way architects, planners, and designers build our cities. Through interactive displays, recreated sections of Chicago, and views into your…

Heartland Housing Launches Health, Wellness Programs at Harvest Commons

Heartland Housing introduced residents to many of the great services at Harvest Commons Apartments at the Midwinter Garden & Health Party. Harvest Commons offers residents the opportunity to volunteer in the onsite urban farm, with Heartland’s resident flock of chickens, and to learn about nutrition and green living from Heartland Human Care Services and Heartland…

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