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

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

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

Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town Opens, providing more affordable housing options for individuals and families

“To build a community, you have to do it from the inside out. And, you have to start with people. This means that we must make more than a bricks-and-mortar commitment. It means that we must all make a commitment to work together to make a difference in the city.”   – Peter Holsten, President, Holsten Real Estate                                                                         Parkside of Old... Read More

Construction Time-laspe at Parkside of Old Town

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Best rehab of a public housing project into artists’ housing

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative was featured in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” list as the “best rehab of a public housing project into artists’ housing.” “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... Read More

CHA Approves Dorchester Artist Housing

One of LBBA’s latest projects, Dorchester Artist Housing, has been approved by the Chicago Housing Authority. This unique project is a part of CHA’s 15-year Plan For Transformation that removes high-rise buildings and replaces them with mixed-income communities. The arts community-related aspect of the project is generating excitement amongst residents. Check out more renderings and plans for the project here. Groundbreaking is set to... Read More