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.

Creative Chicago Expo Introduces New Artist Spaces, Communities

Creative Chicago Expo Banner copyHave you made plans to attend the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center? The Creative Chicago Expo is a free, two-day event intended for creative individuals and organizations in design, culinary arts, fashion, film, music, dance, theater, literature, and the visual arts. Through keynotes, workshops, and vendors, the Expo connects Chicago’s creative community with professional development expertise from top local and national providers.

Join Landon Bone Baker Architects at the Expo on Saturday afternoon for “New Creative Spaces: Live/Work/Community.” The workshop will introduce several new artist spaces and communities opening up in the coming year: Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative, Artspace Projects, Inc., Bronzeville Artist Lofts, Community Builders, and Pullman Arts. LBBA’s Catherine Baker will participate on the panel.

11th Annual Creative Chicago Expo
Friday, March 14, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10am – 4pm

New Creative Spaces: Live/Work/Community
Saturday, March 15
1:30-2:30 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Millennium Park Room, 5th Floor

Rance Graham-Bailey, Community Builders
Laura Weathered, Bronzeville Artist Lofts
Catherine Baker, Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative
Arthur Pearson, PullmanArts
Roy Close, Artspace

No Tickets, No RSVP  ~  Arrive Early to insure a seat!

LBBA Receives First Place and Third Place Driehaus Awards for Excellence in Community Design

cnda-3Last week, the 20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) recognized local developers, non-profits, and architects who have worked to improve communities through outstanding architectural contributions to Chicago neighborhoods. Awarding the best of the year’s neighborhood-focused developments, CNDA is a time to celebrate as well as reflect on the changing needs of our neighborhoods and how they are being met by the city’s robust community of neighborhood developers and organizations. Landon Bone Baker Architects was honored to receive both the First Place (Harvest Commons Apartments) and Third Place (The Jackson at Woodlawn Park) Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.

Harvest Commons Apartments
1st Place Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design

Client: Heartland Housing, First Baptist Congregational Church

Team: Linn-Mathes, Inc.; McKay Landscape Architects; AP Engineering Services; Prism Engineering; dbHMS; GFGR, Inc.; McGuire Igleski & Associates; GreenWorks Studio; Heartland Human Care Services; Jennifer Murtoff; archi-treasures


The Jackson at Woodlawn Park
3rd Place Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design

Client: Preservation of Affordable Housing

Team: Linn-Mathes, Inc.; Conservation Design Forum; Prism Engineering; Matrix Engineering Corp; RTM & Associates; Kouba-Cavallo Associates, Inc.

cnda-9cnda-11cnda-10We are also very proud to have been involved in The Resurrection Project’s Back of the Yards Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project, and Voice of the People of Uptown and the Chicago Community Development Corporation’s Hazel Winthrop Apartments, winner of the Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award.

Photo credits- Harvest Commons 1: Wayne Cable Photos; Harvest Commons 2: Shane Welch Photography; Harvest Commons 3: Wayne Cable Photos; The Jackson 1: Mathias Heyden and Ines Schaber, Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches; The Jackson 2: Ballogg Photography; The Jackson 3: Jerry Luterman.

Peter Landon Participates in ‘Wisdom from the Field’ Panel

Peter-Landon-John-Syvertsen-Mark-Jolicoeur-Katherine-Darnstadt-and-Roberta-Feldman-2Earlier 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 Design), Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design), and Mark Jolicoeur (Perkins + Will) for a panel discussion on strategies for engaging in public interest design. Moderated by Latrobe Prize recipient Roberta Feldman, the group of practitioners was asked to compare each firm’s work to conventional architectural practices and reflect on the growth of public interest design over several decades.

The Chicago Architecture Blog recounts how each panelist described the impact of their work in the article “When Doing Good for the Community is Good for the Architect.”

Peter Landon summed up the feelings of his peers when he said his firm isn’t mission-driven, “but we’re a firm with a mission.” He pointed to one rehab project he’s particularly proud of: Harvest Commons Apartments. “To get people off the streets and to a place where they can feel proud of their home is good work to do,” Landon said.

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 housing options for the population that we serve, Thresholds is very proud to be leading the movement towards a new affordable housing model,” said Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. “Buffett Place is a reality because of a partnership that combines the expertise of service providers, the business acumen of the private sector, and a commitment from government officials to support efforts that preserve housing and services to a vulnerable population.”

LBBA Awarded LUCHA’s Legacy Award

lucha-6During last Friday’s 8th Annual Three Kings Day Celebration, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) presented its inaugural Legacy Award to Landon Bone Baker Architects. LBBA has been working with LUCHA for over 25 years to transform empty lots and rundown buildings into safe, decent housing close to schools, parks, and other services. Together, we have built and renovated over 175 units of affordable housing in Humboldt Park. Yerba Buena, a scattered site housing project located near the Bloomingdale Trail, is currently being conceived and developed to nurture health and healthy living.

Diplomat SRO | Furniture Production

ReBuilding Exchange hosted a “Make It Take It” Workshop with Thresholds to create coat hangers for the Diplomat SRO project. LBBA joined Thresholds members in making one piece for each of the 51 units!

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 Wilson, and Maggie Jarr facilitated the session which included: a community breakfast, introduction to the project, walk along the site, and small working group discussions. Each group presented ideas on how to achieve a healthier neighborhood, such as supportive housing, after school programs, job training, ‘pass-it-down’ culinary classes, and better access to fitness and technology centers.

The charrette was supported by a grant from Enterprise Green Communities, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners that provides funds and expertise to enable affordable housing developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient, and better for the environment. A second charrette will take place early next year to explore green strategies and resident engagement.


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 phases as a healthier mixed-income, transit-oriented development community. With the completion of The Grant, POAH has replaced three full blocks along Cottage Grove Avenue. The Jackson at Woodlawn Park was previously completed as the first phase and consists of 67 units. Construction on phase three, a senior building, is expected to begin early next year.

CAC Fall Meeting: Asthma & Housing


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Chicago Asthma Consortium is hosting a meeting this Wednesday, November 13 to improve understanding about the impact of the home environment on asthma, and to create a dialogue among medical, asthma, and housing professionals about asthma-friendly housing.  LBBA’s Catherine Baker serves on the CAC Board of Directors and will participate on the panel discussion:

Asthma and Housing
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
University Center, 525 S. State St.
Registration: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Panelists to include:
Charlene Andreas,
Catherine Baker, Landon Bone Baker Architects
John Bartlett,
Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Ginger Chew, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vairneke Lesley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cort Lohff, MD,
Chicago Department of Public Health
Molly Martin, MD, Rush University Medical Center
Sophia Ragland,

For more information, visit www.chicagoasthma.org or contact Stacy at 773.628.7663; stacychogasthma@gmail.com.