Katherine Darnstadt on Activate! Chicago – Dec. 3, 6PM

THURSDAY / DECEMBER 03, 2015 / 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Join Katherine Darnstadt, AIA as she leads a tour of Latent Design’s newest installation, Boombox, a micro-retail kiosk pop-up in Wicker Park that is a key component of Chicago’s new public space initiative, Activate! Chicago, a partnership between Latent Design and the City of Chicago to transform underutilized public plazas into cultural and economic catalysts.

A Boombox is a prefabricated micro-retail kiosk that combines the successful features of pop-up shops and festival booths. It provides an innovative transitional retail space at an affordable cost for budding local entrepreneurs. The Boombox installation is part of the City’s People Plaza program, which is designed to create public spaces in plazas, malls, and traffic triangles across Chicago. The Boombox at Mautene Court serves as a prototype for future temporary retail and cultural spaces in People Plazas across the City in the next several years.

At 6:30pm we will head next door to Tocco, and Katherine will talk about the expanding role of architects through a case study of the Boombox and how it fits into an urban design system. We will have a table in the main dining space and drinks/appetizers/dinner will be available for purchase (restaurant will provide separate checks).

After Katherine’s talk, feel free to stay around until 8pm for conversation and networking. 1 LU. Register at http://www.aiachicago.org/events/define-design-deploy-the-politics-of-public-space#.VlTTxFKFMdU.

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A+DEN Pre-Conference Workshop – Nov. 4

As a follow-up to the information posted earlier this week on the Design Matters Conference, we wanted to add that November 4 will be the Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN) Pre-Conference Workshop.

This day-long workshop will bring together a diverse network of front-line program staff, educators, directors, and professionals who provide architecture, urban planning, design, and/or engineering education and outreach to K-12 audiences. It will be an ideal venue for exchanging ideas and jump-starting new collaborations for teaching and learning about the built environment, cities, and why design matters.

The workshop will be hosted by Gabrielle Lyon, Vice President of Education & Experience at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Featured speakers will be Robert Tai, Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Virginia, and Trung Le, co-founder of WONDER, By Design.

Discounted registration is extended to CIC members and a handful of scholarships may be available. Contact Katherine Stalker at kstalker@architecture.org to register and/or request a scholarship.

–          Cost: $150 for non-members, $120 for AAO Members, $85 for students

–          Location: Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL

–          Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9am-3pm followed by a networking dinner

–          Details at aaonetwork.org/events/2015-design-matters-conference/aden-pre-conference-workshop

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Design Matters Conference Nov. 4-6

Hello CIC blog followers! For those of you who are active in organizations that work to promote public dialogue about architecture and urban design, the 2015 Design Matters Conference may be of interest to you. The conference, presented by the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), will be held on November 4-6 in Chicago at the Cultural Center and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Please see aaonetwork.org/2015-conference for more details. Contact Katherine Stalker (kstalker@architecture.org) with any questions.

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Female Volunteers Needed for Youth + Architecture Event Oct. 29

AIA Chicago has partnered with the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for a youth and architecture event called Green Cities Green Schools Balancing Ecologies at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). Approximately 40-50 6th grade girls will be tasked to imagine their city and neighborhood living in balance with nature. The program will be lead by Linda Keane, AIA, founder of NEXT.cc and Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design at SAIC.
Volunteers should expect to day to begin at 9:00 and end around 1:00. Lunch will be provided. We are looking for female architects for this program.

Youth + Architecture Event: Green Cities Green Schools Balancing Ecologies

Sullivan Galleries at SAIC, 33 S State St. #7, Chicago, IL 60603

October 29, 9:30am1:00pm

If you are interested in participating, please contact Allison Garwood Freedland at AIA Chicago at freedlanda@aiachicago.org

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Oct. 5th: How Livable is Your Community?

AARP Livable Communities
Monday, October 5
8:30 am – 11:30 am
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

A public policy summit focused on determining the livability of Chicagoland communities, and how to incorporate issues of the aging population into public policy planning, will be hosted by AARP Illinois, The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago, and The Union League Club of Chicago.

The livability forum is sponsored in part by Enterprise, on behalf of a new group known as the Livable Communities Collaborative.

Learn more about the event and register here.

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Designing The Social Good: From Blueprint To Building

Check out and register for these five Designing the Social Good upcoming events, presented by Illinois Humanities in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial!

Visit the main event page here.

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FIT Homes Competition Kick-Off

Chicago Infrastructure Trust is planning to build 1,000 FIT (Finding Innovation Together) Homes on vacant lots across the City of Chicago over the next 10 years.

The Trust is seeking cost-effective and innovative housing design proposals through a design-build competition. For learn more about the competition, visit http://fithomes.org/and make sure to register to attend the kick-off event!

08.11.15 UPDATE: Due to the appointment of a new leadership team to the Trust, the Kick-off Event and subsequent Community Engagement Forum are cancelled until further notice.

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ARCHEWORKS: Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design – Upcoming Application Deadline

ARCHEWORKS iAW_PID_Logo_Blacks currently seeking qualified applicants for their 2015-2016 Public Interest Design certificate program, which begins September 29, 2015.

To learn more about ARCHEWORKS and the program, see the ARCHEWORKS website and the following document: AW_PID_Certificate Program 2015-2016

Priority Deadline: July 22, 2015

Final Deadline: August 21, 2015


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Chicago Public Library Chinatown Library Hard Hat Tour

learning-together-finalJoin AIA Chicago, the CIC and the Design KC for a tour of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Chinatown Library, led by the Owner, Design and Construction team: design architect Brian Lee, FAIA, SOM; architect of record Jim Mark, Wight & Company; and Brian Bannon, Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Attendees will preview the new neighborhood branch, and learn how the planning and design positively impacts the neighborhood and provides resources for community development.

Tuesday, June 30, 5:30 pm-  7:00 pm Location: 2100 South Wentworth Avenue, Chicago. For more information and registration:





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CPS CTE Internship Program

CPS is looking for architecture firms to participate in their 2015 CPS CTE Internship program! This is a great opportunity to support Chicago’s young people in becoming better prepared for school and life after high school.

Who:           CPS CTE Rising Seniors in High School who are deemed as “work-ready”
What:          2015 CPS CTE Internships in partnership with One Summer Chicago
When:         June 29-August 7, 2015; 20 hours per week
Pay:             Directly through CPS, $8.25 per hour directly to student, supervisor will provide direction, oversight, and sign time sheets.

Participating companies:

      • May not be a home-based company;
      • May be asked to provide CTA fare cards for the first 4 weeks of the internship;
      • Must provide a job description for each position type on the registration form;
      • May request the specific student(s) that visited your organization on Job Shadow Day as your summer intern(s).

If you are interested in participating, please click on the link and complete the request process before June 5, 2015.   Sign Up Today!

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