teens tour ‘city gardens’

Teens from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s After School Matters were taken on a tour of nearly-completed City Gardens as part of their research in affordable housing! Joined by Jason Hill of Michaels Development Company, Pete Landon and Trish Girdwood introduced the students to LBBA’s work, opportunities for them in the field, and community-based design approaches which included role-playing and brainstorming sessions to generate... Read More

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

Parkside of Old Town (2b) and DA+HC Receive AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards

Left: Parkside of Old Town, IIB. Photo: David Schalliol. Right: Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative. Photo: Barry Rustin Parkside of Old Town 2b and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative were honored with Distinguished Building Awards during AIA Chicago’s annual Designight at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 14th. See the winners of the 2016 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards here, or link directly to Parkside and Dorchester. Phase... Read More

8/1: AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards Webinar

Learn more about the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards and the design and construction of the awarded projects during AIA Housing Knowledge Community’s webinar taking place this coming Monday at 1pm. Catherine will be presenting LBBA’s work on Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, which was recognized for its incorporation of housing within other community amenities for the purpose of either revitalization or planned growth.   Dorchester... Read More

DA+HC Wins National AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award

Redevelopment of the former Dante Harper public housing into Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC). Barry Rustin Photography.   “Very visible and so empowering – this is part of something very large and momentous happening in Chicago right now.”  – Jury comments   The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Housing Knowledge Community, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department... Read More

from the archive: realistic idealist

Pre-Plan for Transformation, Pete talks about his hopes for Cabrini Green. You can find a reader-friendly version is here.    Read More

Color Study: Nelson Mandela Apartments

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Gwendolyn Place, Phase C3 Legends South, Wins Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Award

Gwendolyn Place, a mixed-income, mixed-finance affordable housing community located on Chicago’s South Side has been recognized for excellence by The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition as part of its 2016 Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Awards program. The awards, presented June 8 at a ceremony held on Capitol Hill with members of Congress as invited guests, celebrate the best in affordable rental housing development by recognizing outstanding... Read More

Parkside of Old Town Wins Placemakers Award

Phase IIb at Parkside of Old Town, now Terrace 459, has been named one of the nation’s top recent developments by Real Estate Forum. The featured “placemaking” projects were largely selected based on the successful coordination and collaboration executed by each project team. View PDF announcement here.     In place of isolated towers, the new public housing approach offers more housing options and access to more services... Read More

A Tiny Home Community for Chicago

“What struck me is that everyone I went to about this…no one said this can’t be done. No one said it’s impossible. It’s a matter of solving a series of challenges and problems.” – Eithne McManamin, Tiny Homes Summit, April 2016 At the recent ‘Tiny Homes Summit,’ Jeff Bone and Eithne McMenamin presented their planned development for a Tiny Homes community in Chicago. The project aims to be a... Read More