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.

Peter Landon Participates in ‘Wisdom from the Field’ Panel

Earlier this month, AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee welcomed the 2011 Latrobe Prize-winning authors of “Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice” to discuss what makes today’s public interest practices work. LBBA’s Peter Landon, an interviewee during their research, was a featured speaker in the afternoon session. He later joined John Syvertsen (Cannon…

Grand Opening: Buffett Place

The former Diplomat SRO reopened its doors for an open house on January 30 as the renovated Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, a 51-unit development in Lakeview that delivers supportive, affordable options to a population in need of housing, health care, employment assistance, and an array of other supportive services. “With fewer and fewer affordable…

Kickoff Community Design Charrette: What Do You Want To See Happen on 58th Street?

Last Saturday, Brand New Beginnings hosted an interactive charrette with local residents and community leaders to develop ideas for the redevelopment of 58th Street in Washington Park. The workshop focused on neighborhood development strategies and sustainable planning for the blighted four-block corridor between Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. LBBA’s Jeff Bone, Terran…

Grand Opening: The Grant at Woodlawn Park

Residents, community members, and elected officials participated last Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of The Grant at Woodlawn Park. The newly built 33-unit affordable housing complex marks the second phase of the Woodlawn Park Redevelopment. Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is redeveloping the existing Section 8 complex, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments, in six…

Community Design: Trend or Change?

Join Chicago Women in Architecture tonight for the first event of the 2013-2014 membership year: In our current, existing world of single use communities, the live/work/play philosophy is catching on in the suburbs as well as being resurrected in urban areas. Through this breath of current analytical approaches, and the evolved thought-processes since the 1960’s,…

Archi-treasures, Thresholds Explore Meaning of Home at the Diplomat SRO

Last week, LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Victor Jimenez participated in the first Archi-treasures workshop for the Diplomat SRO project. The Diplomat, a formerly ill-maintained single-room occupancy building, is being reinvented as the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place; a 51-unit, sustainably-designed supportive housing facility for persons at risk of homelessness or struggling with mental illness. As…

Chicago Leads the Rural Studio 20K City Challenge

Thank you to all who supported Auburn University Rural Studio at the community dinner and fundraising event on Sunday, August 25. It’s official: Chicago is the first city to reach the $20,000 goal! The 20K City Challenge will continue through December 6 — Meaning the prize for overall fundraising is still up for grabs! What’s…

This Week: Visit cityLab at Spontaneous Interventions

LBBA Community Workshop is back! Our new Lab program, “cityLab,” studies pedestrian behavior at Parkside of Old Town, the former Cabrini-Green public housing site. Through a series of neighborhood and building analyses, five high school students and three college mentors will investigate: public vs. private spaces; retail and work space; recreation and green spaces; and…

ABC7 Chicago Highlights Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program

The Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program (HPMAP) has included nearly a dozen of Humboldt Park’s 68 murals in a new tour and educational curriculum for students and families. HPMAP, organized by the non-profit, arts-based community development organization archi-treasures, promotes murals as local destinations and uses them as a tool to revitalize the health, well-being, and vitality…

First Planting at Harvest Commons’ Urban Farm

Last Friday marked the first planting of the urban farm at Harvest Commons Apartments. Volunteers from Heartland Alliance and Landon Bone Baker joined residents and their families to plant rows of seedling tomatoes and peppers, along with turnip, squash, beet, radish, mustard greens, kale, amaranth, pole beans, and other seeds. Sprouted potatoes will be planted…

Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches

The first exhibition of the Graham-funded research by architect Mathias Heyden and artist Ines Schaber opens this Thursday, June 27 at the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House. Where If Not Us? — Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches focuses on a visual re-presentation of the community design movement in the United States. The project reflects upon…

9100 S. Burley Apartments celebrates grand opening, 10th Ward Green Summit

The 6th annual 10th Ward Green Summit kicked-off last Friday, April 26 at the Claretian Associates’ newest green apartment building at 9100 S. Burley Avenue. LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Claudia Rodriguez joined over 65 supporters for the ribbon-cutting, dedication, and tours. The seven 2- and 3-bedroom affordable apartments at 9100 S. Burley were developed through…

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