Volunteer at Melody STEM School 4/26

Help paint murals, build bookshelves, and organize books on Saturday morning 4/26 at CPS Genevieve Melody STEM School at the Delano Campus!  United Way YLS is working in partnership with Comcast/NBC Universal to host volunteers for the event as part of Comcast/NBC Universal’s national day of service. This is a great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work on your mural skills, and meet other professionals committed to community service!

Genevieve Melody STEM School at the Delano Campus

Address: 3937 W. Wilcox, Chicago, IL 60624 (West Garfield Park)

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SFI Presentation – resources list

Updated post

Here are a few additional resources that came from the discussion after our presentation at the Structures for Inclusion 14, on March 23, 2014 in New York City. Thanks to everyone that could attend. Anyone is welcome to continue the conversation in comments.

PDF of the presentation:
Community Interface Committee: A Prototype for a New Knowledge Community About Public Interest Design

Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (RUDAT) – an AIA initiative

Sustainable Design Assistance Team (SDAT) – an AIA initiative

University of Minnesota PID

International Association for Public Participation

International Association for Facilitators


The following resources are discussed in our presentation at Structures for Inclusion 14, on March 23, 2014 in New York City. Please feel free to explore the site and let us know if you have any comments. Thanks for visiting!

AIA Chicago
CIC Blog
AIA Documents – Pro Bono
AIA Knowledge Community List
AIA KnowledgeNet - (Look up “Public Interest Design” under communities)
2011 Latrobe findings Wisdom from the Field
Public Architecture / 1%
Arch. For Humanity
Chicago Architecture Foundation
AIA Chicago Bridge 4.0
1968 Whitney Young Address

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Design Better / Design Forward in Sub-Saharan Africa (Martin Roche Travel Scholarship)

Find out what Taylor Holloway, Assoc. AIA, learned as the 2013 recipient of the AIA Chicago Foundation’s Martin Roche Travel Scholarship:

Monday, March 24, 2014
5:45 pm-  7 pm
AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250
register here

taylorholloway_pretoriaDesign Better / Design Forward was conceived as an investigation of the built work of a loose confederation of emerging architects and activists in sub-Saharan Africa. A self-described group of “socio-technical designers” and “researchers in action,” they are not “social architects” in the do-gooder sense. Instead, their work consists of collective urban-spatial strategizing by means of critical engagement, experimentation, and grit.

In the course of three weeks, five cities, and nearly a dozen interviews, Design Better / Design Forward uncovered the network of individuals, universities, and non-government organizations that are changing the way they design in order to change the world in which they live.


Taylor is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Wellesley College. She is passionate about architecture that is contextual, all things handcrafted, and collaborative design.

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Architecture + Youth Event

Architecture + Youth Event
Crown Hall, IIT
March 25, 2014 – 10a – 12p

In partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of CPS has created an event targeted at introducing the world of Architecture to prospective high school students through a unique design experience!

IIT faculty and professional architects will facilitate the design and planning process. Student groups will be given sections of the historic State Street that runs through the IIT campus and get a chance to design their blocks in their own vision, including commercial, residential and recreational areas. These sections will be built out on models and brought together to create a full-scale model of a student-designed area of Chicago!

This experience will take place at the historic Crown Hall and will also include a tour of the facility and lunch provided by CTE. We’ll also provide giveaways to help our future architects continue their work!

5 volunteers are needed to help guide the students in their reimaging of State State. Volunteers should expect to day to begin at 9:30 and end around 12:30.

Please contact Allison Freedland at freedlanda@aiachicago.org to volunteer or with questions.



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Join us at our next Planning Meeting!

We’ve just wrapped up a large, successful event about public interest design.  Join us to find out what we’ll be planning for the rest of 2014.  Open to all!
AIA CIC Planning Meeting
Monday, March 10th, 6pm
AIA Chicago
35 E Wacker Dr, Suite 250
Chicago IL 60601
Please RSVP at the AIA Chicago events page:  http://www.aiachicago.org/events.asp
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This SUNDAY Help Make a Game About Activism

icitizenBrought to you by the Museum of Contemporary Phenomena:
Join a team of designers and activists, this SUNDAY at Civic Lab for a fun and freewheeling afternoon considering issues of community activism and novel modes of engagement for the public. Using very current thoughts about games and gaming, we as a group will attempt to design a “game” for use with communities, to engage them on ideas of design and opportunity. Please join us, we need your brain power.
RSVP here



WHEN: Sunday, Feb 23, 1:30pm
WHERE: Civic Lab, 114 North Aberdeen Street, Chicago
WHAT: Hands-on collaboration about the tools, actions, & strategies for the public interest.
FUN: You-bet-cha


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Don’t miss events this weekend!



#4 - Studio H student Jamesha Thompson with a bike she built herself, with help from Studio H instructor Matthew Miller. From IF YOU BUILD IT, a Long Shot Factory Release 2013Don’t miss Public Interest Design events in Chicago this weekend!

In addition to the event, Wisdom From the Field: Public Interest Architecture In Practice, catch a screening of the movie:

If You Build It at the Music Box Theater. Meet the Director Patrick Creadon and Producer Christine O’Malley, at show times this weekend, though the film will be screened all week.
Meet the Director and Producer:
7:10pm, Friday February 7
7:10pm, Saturday February 8
2:30pm, Sunday February 9
confirm show times with Theater.

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Register now for Wisdom from the Field – 2/8/14


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Rural Studio 20th Anniversary, fundraising event

On January 20th from 8-10pm Rural Studio Alumni and Friends will be hosting a fundraising event at Revolution Brewing in Chicago. THE COST OF ADMISSION INCLUDES UNLIMITED REVOLUTION BREWING CORE HOUSE BEERS AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR TWO HOURS, AS WELL AS THREE APPETIZERS! Rural Studio Alumni and friends will present Pecha Kucha style talks about Rural Studio projects.

get tickets here

This event is a fundraiser for the Rural Studio. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Auburn University Rural Studio, the entire studio will focus on housing by designing and building eight 20k houses for the community.

What is PechaKucha? PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: , IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa],[1] chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights (PKNs)

What is the Rural Studio? In 1993, Sambo Mockbee and D.K. Ruth brought a handful of architecture students to rural West Alabama, giving them a more hands-on educational experience whilst assisting an underserved population. Rural Studio has since built more than 150 community-based projects and educated more than 600 “Citizen Architects.”

What’s a 20K House?  The 20K House project began in 2005 as an ongoing Rural Studio research project addressing the need for affordable housing in Hale County, Alabama.  With nearly 30% of individuals in Hale County living in poverty, the 20K House has evolved to become a well-built, affordable house for everyone.

What’s the 20K City Challenge?   Rural Studio aims to build eight 20K Houses to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, and we need your support to reach the $160,000 goal!

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Save the Date! Wisdom From the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice

Saturday, February 8
9:30 am–4:30 pm
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
112 South Michigan Avenue, MacLean Ballroom

Join AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee in welcoming the 2011 Latrobe Prize winners of The AIA College of Fellows and authors of Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice, which was published in the summer of 2013, for a panel discussion on their research.

Following lunch, a panel of Chicago practitioners will explain how their firms carry out public interest design.

For information and event registration Click Here

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