City Gardens Office Visit

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Construction Progress: Phil B Curls Manor

Phil B Curls Manor is the first phase of a new mixed-income, inter-generational neighborhood located in Kansas City, MO. The 4-story building will provide 54 affordable apartments for seniors and amenities that include a theater, community room, fitness, bike storage, in-unit laundry, and medical exam room. The building is named after longtime Kansas City lawmaker Phil B. Curls who was instrumental in the passage of bills relating to economic development,... Read More

Color Study: Nelson Mandela Apartments

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city gardens halfway done!

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20K House Finds First Developer

“…the bigger challenge is fitting a house that’s completely different than normal into the existing system of zoning, and codes, how contractors do their jobs, and even mortgages.” Rural Studio’s 20K House is moving from Project to Product in an effort to bring affordable considerate housing to a broader market. Their first field test is located in Serenbe, Georgia– a new urbanism community outside Atlanta–... Read More

ChiCAT Rehab Progress

Opening later this year, Chicago Center for Art and Technology (ChiCAT) will bring arts education and job training to residents in Chicago’s near west side. Check out the design here.  Read More

Construction Time-laspe at Parkside of Old Town

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Parks for All? Affordable housing battles rising rents along Chicago’s newest park.

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... Read More

West Humboldt Place Allows The Children’s Place Association to Double Multi-Family Housing Capacity

State Senator Patricia Van Pelt, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr, Governor Pat Quinn, Children’s Place CEO Cathy Krieger, Illinois Housing Development Authority Executive Director Mary Kenney, Congressman Danny K. Davis, and Chair of the Children’s Place Association Board Kathleen Sellew (Left to Right) gathered in late July to break ground on the project. Work has begun on West Humboldt Place, a new housing development on the West Side of Chicago... Read More

Behind the Scenes at Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative

/* Prev|Next 1leftright 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... Read More