Archer Courts Townhomes and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative are featured in Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum. The Vernacular Architecture Forum is an organization that is “dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes.”
In June 2015, the Vernacular Architecture Forum met in Chicago and got “Out of the Loop” to explore Chicago’s built environment through the lens of the conference’s theme, Neighborhoods in Transition. Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago is published in conjunction with the forum as a companion piece, able to expound on the forum’s programs while also answering the question “Why Chicago?”
LBBA’s Rosa Park Apartments were featured in a Metropolis Magazine interview with Katie Swenson, vice president of national design initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. The Apartments were described as being part of a strategy that “helped evenly disperse affordable housing and reverse the psychological effects of neighborhood deterioration by filling vacant lots.”
Rosa Park Apartments were built in partnership with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Humboldt Construction.
LBBA’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Fariha Wajid was featured in a Newcity article that discusses her journey through her architectural studies as a Chicago Public School (CPS) student. Fariha took advantage of the many opportunities available to CPS students through institutions like the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Marwen Foundation.
“Fariha’s is a uniquely Chicago story. In her short career, she’s already worked with some of the most interesting women in the design community, including Jeanne Gang, Zoe Ryan and now, Catherine Baker at Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). Early on, she took advantage of every design-related program available to CPS students, starting with the Marwen Foundation in the seventh grade. By her sophomore year, the Chicago Architecture Foundation awarded her a junior apprenticeship at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. During her junior year, she joined the ACE Mentor Program and was awarded a scholarship. Through her participation with CAF, she secured a coveted internship reserved for a CPS student at Studio Gang.
Soon, Fariha will be working for the firm full-time doing outreach and communications, organizing charrettes, leading the firm’s nationally recognized CityLab, and cultivating external relationships.”
On Thursday, Jeff Bone and Claudia Rodriguez from LBBA gave a tour of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community. The event was part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) “Behind the Scenes” tours. Buffett Place, formerly known as the Diplomat SRO, is a 51-unit green residential and transit-oriented development which provides affordable housing and supportive services to individuals with mental illnesses or at risk of homelessness. The major renovation required the dramatic removal of a one-story structure to create a protected courtyard, bringing light into the center of the building where trained staff provides mental health and wellness programming. Joined by other LBBA architects, Jeff and Claudia gave a tour of the historic courtyard, common areas and the new roof top deck.
Chicago Architecture Foundation presents “Behind the Scenes: Buffet Place.”
Come see the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place—a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community by Landon Bone Baker Architects in 2014. This transformation of the 1920s Diplomat Hotel in Lakeview won a Chicago Neighborhood Development Award for Architectural Excellence. Join Jeff Bone and Claudia Rodriguez from Landon Bone Baker for tours of the historic courtyard, common areas and the new roof top deck.
Cost: $15 CAF members / $20 non-members
Location: 3208 N. Sheffield Ave.
“A series of two-story redbrick town houses that spread across two blocks on 70th Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, it had been abused, but had pleasing lines and was only 31 years old. Gates, his Rebuild Foundation, and his partners at Brinshore Development were proposing a public-private redevelopment for it designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects. Their plan was to turn it into 32 two- and three-bedroom units of mixed-income (subsidized, affordable, and market-rate) housing, anchored by a flexible arts space, with artists in the tenant mix. Renamed the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, it opened last fall, a fully occupied and inviting complex with handsome recessed doorways, chamfered corners, and mature trees that overhang wooden decks and gardens. Activities in its glassy little art center—currently a weekly yoga class and a monthly community circle—are programmed by the Rebuild Foundation.”
Check out The Architect’s Newspaper article featuring “Tierra Linda,” a Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) project, that consists of 43 units of affordable housing near The 606, Chicago’s new linear park and bike corridor. The article includes an interview with Charlene Andreas, LUCHA’s Director of Building Development and LBBA principal, Catherine Baker.
“We’re serving some of the last opportunities in this area to provide affordable housing,” said Charlene Andreas, LUCHA’s Director of Building Development.
Tierra Linda is one of a half dozen affordable housing projects near The 606 that will comprise more than 300 residences, according to the city’s Department of Planning and Development.
LBBA, LUCHA, and the wider network of area non-profit affordable housing advocates said The 606 will have an overall positive impact on its low-income neighbors. They said the diversity-retaining elements of affordable housing are as much a selling point as new park space, or the accompanying commercial development.
“What makes me optimistic is the amount of support that came with all of the community meetings,” said Catherine Baker of LBBA. “There were a lot of new people to Humboldt Park, and they specifically moved [there] because of the diversity; they liked the mix of incomes, and they want to keep it that way. They’re fighting for that, and they’re the newcomers.”
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Vision Awards honor projects and programs in Chicago that exemplify success in the development process. Projects with exemplary construction, economic viability, marketing, management, and design were recognized on Wednesday, June 3 at the Redmoon Theater. Rebuild Foundation, Brinshore Development and Landon Bone Baker had the honor of receiving an award for Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative in the Project category.
The Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) is a cornerstone project of Rebuild Foundation’s (Rebuild) broader vision to reactivate underutilized and abandoned buildings in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood as part of an ambitious movement of community rejuvenation. Rebuild Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, and neighborhood driven.
The DA+HC is a rehabilitated block of 32 townhomes that serves as residences for artists and community members with the intent of fostering dialogue and collaboration between both groups. Originally conceived in 2011, the project was spearheaded by Rebuild Foundation in partnership with Brinshore Development, Landon Bone Baker Architects, and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Vision Awards honor projects and programs in Chicago that exemplify success in the development process. Projects with exemplary construction, economic viability, marketing, management, and design were recognized on Wednesday, June 3 at the Redmoon Theater. Woodlawn Park, developed by Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), received an award in the Program category.
Woodlawn Park is a community development that focuses on community renewal and the restoration of historic linkages between the University of Chicago, the neighborhood of Woodlawn, Washington Park and the CTA green line.
Woodlawn Park replaces the existing Grove Parc, a distressed Section 8 complex of 504 units. The new development mix includes 404 units of affordable, market-rate and elderly housing as well as commercial and recreational components. It will be built in phases over a 4 year construction period.
Woodlawn was one of the recipients of the first-ever Implementation Grants awarded under HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, a strategy and tool to support local leaders in transforming high-poverty, distressed neighborhoods into neighborhoods with healthy, affordable housing, safe streets, and access to quality educational opportunities.
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