West Humboldt Park, Chicago
Each year, Landon Bone Baker partners with a neighborhood or community organization to choose a focus for the summer’s research. For bikeLab, LBBA partnered with the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) to develop a plan for making their Humboldt Park buildings more bike and biker friendly. Students interviewed LUCHA residents about their bike use, researched the issue and the neighborhood, visited bike shops, toured buildings with bike-centered design, and ultimately created an overall plan for integrating bike use into LUCHA buildings.
In addition, the bikeLab team developed an actual design for a specific space in one building that will be built in 1-2 years. The culmination of the program was a presentation to the LBBA studio and LUCHA staff as well as experts in the fields of biking, planning, architecture, and design. A second presentation was held in Humboldt Park for LUCHA residents and other community members.
Each Wednesday during the program, LBBA and the bikeLab team hosted a “smartluck” lunch presentation and work session. These lunches provided an opportunity for the students to learn about related work happening in the city as well a chance to share their project with the presenter and to receive feedback and work through specific questions.