Affordable Housing Finance Names The Grant, Buffett Place Finalists in 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

The Grant at Woodlawn Park and Buffett Place have been selected as finalists for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s (AHF’s) 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Nation’s Best Affordable Housing Developments. The Grant, developed by Preservation of Affordable Housing, is the second new construction phase of the multiyear revitalization effort for the former Grove Parc Plaza Apartments in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. Buffett Place, developed by Brinshore Development and Thresholds, is a model supportive housing development for people with disabilities and mental illness who are at risk of homelessness. Learn more about these projects and the other nominees through expanded slideshows online. Voting is open to AHF magazine and newsletter subscribers between July 14 and August 11. The winners will be announced on the website in September and honored at AHF Live: The 2014 Affordable Housing Developers’ Summit, November 19-21, in Chicago.

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 health and healthy living.

The kick-off event, which brought together members of the design team with the maintenance staff, tenants, and neighbors of the future development, introduced the benefits of “green” housing and collaboratively developed a vision and strategies for the project. LUCHA and Landon Bone Baker Architects introduced the project mission and led the group on a neighborhood tour. At each project site, participants examined and discussed their impressions of health, community, beauty, nature, and safety. LUCHA plans to incorporate key tactics into the development of Tierra Linda that support the core theme of healthy living and wellness integrated amongst tenants and the community.

The eco-charrette was made possible by a grant from Enterprise Community Partners and was facilitated by Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager at Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Construction Progress at Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

Check out the transformation at Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative! View the slideshow above for construction photographs of the Art Center from November 2013 to July 2014. DA+HC is a unique residential community designed specifically for practicing artists, creative individuals, and families with an interest in the arts to work and live together in an affordable and enriching environment. If you have an interest in the arts, and want to live in an art-centered residential community, please contact the leasing and management office at (773) 324-2270 for information about pre-applications. Project completion is expected in fall 2014.

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 data as a lens for understanding key urban issues and the role of design in public housing transformation. Working with Brinshore Development, our goal is to identify the needs of Westhaven residents, inform the design of a successful rehab at Villages of Westhaven, and, in the process, empower our students with the knowledge and skills to positively change the places where they live.

Visit the cityLab website ( to learn more about the team, read daily blog posts, and view photos and data. All are welcome to attend our weekly “Smartluck” lunches, which are lunch and learns designed to provide students with the opportunity to collaborate with local experts to enhance their work. See the full schedule below and please RSVP in advance to Oh, yeah — “Like” us on Facebook!

Smartluck Schedule
Join us at Landon Bone Baker Architects, 734 N. Milwaukee Ave. at noon. Lunch will be followed by a presentation and short activity.

July  2 – Jamie Kalven, The Invisible Institute

July 9 – Cheryl Johnson, People for Community Recovery

July 16 – Lou Arrigoni, TERRA Engineering

July 23 – Rich Sciortino, Brinshore Development

July 30 – Final Presentation – TWO chances to attend!

Final Presentation (Lunch)
Landon Bone Baker Architects
734 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Final Presentation (PM)
Westhaven Park Management Office
1949 W. Lake Street, Community Room
6:00 PM

AIA National Convention to Highlight Public Housing Development, Revitalization in Chicago


The 2014 AIA National Convention is coming to Chicago this week! The annual conference of the American Institute of Architects is an opportunity to focus on the betterment of the built environment through educational sessions, keynote speakers, and tours. LBBA’s Peter Landon and Catherine Baker will participate in a special pre-convention workshop organized by the AIA Housing Knowledge Community. “Multifamily Housing, Community Design, and Neighborhood Revitalization: Lessons from Chicago” will describe the connections between building design and positive social outcomes. This daylong session will also identify opportunities for architects to be involved in public policy regarding community revitalization, both locally and nationally.

Multifamily Housing, Community Design, and Neighborhood Revitalization: Lessons from Chicago
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
McCormick Place, Room S401BC

8:30                    Welcome and Introduction  

8:45 – 9:30      Opening Keynote

Peter Landon, FAIA; Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects

9:45 – 11:15      Plan for Transformation: Westhaven Case Study

Peter Landon, FAIA; Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects (Moderator)
Catherine Baker, AIA; Principal, Landon Bone Baker Architects
Julie Elena Brown, Co-Director, Public Housing, BPI
Andrew Geer, VP & Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners
Vorricia Harvey, Director of Compliance & Community Development, Interstate Realty Management Company
Phillip Johnson, FAIA, Principal, Johnson & Lee, Ltd.
Janet Smith, Ph.D, Associate Professor & Co-Director of Voorhees Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

11:15 – 11:45    Overview of Housing @ AIA Convention

11:45 – 1:00     Lunch

1:00 – 2:30      Housing Finance

2:45 – 4:15       Design Leadership & Affordable Housing

4:30 – 5:15       Facilitated group discussion

All sessions are open for registration in advance or at the convention. The conference will take place at McCormick Place, June 25-28.

Register for GreenTown: The Future of Community

greentown-flyerGreenTown: The Future of Community is an event designed to “connect the dots” between the public and private sector to create a stronger platform for common ground and building community. Over the past five years, GreenTown events have been hosted across the Midwest in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. GreenTown Chicago will be held this Wednesday and Thursday at the Student Center East at University of Illinois at Chicago. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown will help you make the healthy choice the easy choice.

LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Hume An, Director of Real Estate Development at Heartland Housing, will present “Reimagining Housing in the City: Affordable Can Be Green” on May 22, 1:00pm – 2:00pm. See the full schedule of presenters and sessions on the GreenTown Chicago Event Agenda and register online.

GreenTown Chicago Conference
UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Pre-conference – Wednesday, May 21
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Main Conference – Thursday, May 22

8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Jeff Bone to Present at CNU Spring Event: Affordable Urbanism

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Join The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Illinois tonight for “Affordable Urbanism.” The program will feature speakers Ben Carlson, Director of Urban Design for Goody Clancy, winner of APA’s 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Firm and Jeff Bone, Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects. Ben will share a neighborhood revitalization plan and site design for a vacant parcel in Buffalo, NY and the implementation of a mixed income development in Baltimore, MD. Jeff will present Chicago’s Harvest Commons Apartments, honored with the Richard H. Driehaus First Place Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design and with a 2013 Distinguished Building Award at AIA Chicago’s 58th Annual Designight Awards Ceremony.

CNU Illinois members as well as non-members are invited to attend. This event is co-hosted by DePaul’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. To register, please visit the event page on Eventbrite.

“Affordable Urbanism”
CNU Illinois Spring Speaker Series
Wednesday, May 14 5:30 pm
DePaul University School of Public Service, Dublin Room
14 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1600

Member Pre-registration $10 ($15 at the door)
Non-Member Pre-registration $15 ($20 at the door)
Student Pre-registration $5 ($10 at the door)

LBBA Receives AIA Illinois Honor Award

CT Honor Award LBBALandon Bone Baker Architects received the Crombie Taylor Honor Award for Harvest Commons Apartments at the 2014 Honor Awards presented by AIA Illinois. The Crombie Taylor Award recognizes a project that, through preservation and restoration, has enhanced the natural and built environments of a community. Harvest Commons, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, stands as an innovative model for affordable, sustainable housing in blending on-site supportive services, historical preservation, green innovation, and a commitment to neighborhood revitalization.

AIA Illinois presented seven Honor Awards for service and five awards for design at a banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on Friday, April 11. LBBA’s Jeff Bone and Jack Schroeder accepted the award.

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 own personal data, Chicago: City of Big Data will reveal the potential of urban data and offer a new perspective on Chicago and cities everywhere. Discover how data impacts you and the world around you!

Look for Landon Bone Baker Architects’ airLab program featured in the exhibition display, “Your City: Turning Data into Knowledge.” This visual and interactive “data atlas” will allow users to browse Chicago data visualizations and learn how city data is a lens for understanding key urban issues – from housing to energy consumption to sustainability. Check out this multimedia display to see how airLab summer interns visualized the air quality data collected in and around Rosa Parks Apartments and studied the performance of those residential buildings.

Chicago: City of Big Data
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
Atrium Gallery

Opening Reception

Thursday, May 8  5:30-7:30 pm
Daily Exhibition
Summer/Fall 2014  9:30am-4:30pm
*Free exhibition

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 Health Outreach. Program highlights include: community gardening, planting crops, individual and group nutrition counseling, and healthy cooking classes. This kickoff event featured a cooking demonstration by Registered Dietitian Jiyoung Kang and resident workshop with Urban Farmer Dave Snyder to announce upcoming events and discuss plans for the community garden.