AIA Chicago CIC follows up on AEC Cares projectChicago

Group photo On September 20, 2014, members of AIA Chicago volunteered their Saturday morning to return to the AEC Cares projectChicago site and follow up on work initiated on the June 25, 2014 blitz build day. Jennifer McKenzie and Linda Chavez of Gensler, Kaitlin Streyle and Sandi L. Harder of Muller+Muller, Mindy Viamontes of exp, and Brian Haynes joined the CIC Co-chairs Drew Roskos of Harley Ellis Devereaux and Chey Hsiao Taylor of SMNG A in touching up cork wall accents in the main lobby and continuing the installation of vinyl floor accents. Jennifer graciously provided a design to extend the theme from the main lobby to the second floor, and in a few short hours the volunteers were able to unify the public spaces in the Metropolitan Family Services Libby Learning and Wellness Center, and provide a more cohesive and complete experience for the staff and the community members the organization serves. With thoughtful interventions, the volunteers were able to impart significant impact, and reaffirm AIA’s partnership with and commitment to the intent of AEC Cares and the goals set forth in projectChicago.

View of first floor lobby after volunteers touched up cork wall accents:
Lobby after

View of second floor corridor at top of stairs – before:
Top of stairs before

View of second floor corridor at top of stairs - after:
Second floor after

 

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Volunteer Opportunity: USGBC Green Apple Day of Service

Volunteer at one (or several) of the many USGBC Green Apple Day of Service projects taking place now across Illinois! Follow the link below to a list and description of each of these community-focused projects, and learn how to get involved:

http://www.usgbc-illinois.org/events/greenapple2014/?utm_source=Events+Newsletter+September+9&utm_campaign=Events&utm_medium=email

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Free Family Mural Day with archi-treasures

Support archi-treasures and the Humboldt Park community this Sunday, September 7, 12-3 pm at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture in Humboldt Park for the third annual Humboldt Park Mural Arts Program (HP MAP) mural workshop and celebration!

HP MAP creates and restores murals, using them as a way to represent community ideas and vision. At the workshop, participants will create mini-murals to be displayed along the museum’s fence. Materials, snacks, and refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about HP MAP and the Free Family Mural Day at:

http://architreasures.org/free-family-mural-day/

 

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Join us at the next CIC Planning Meeting – Sept. 8th!

Come join the Community Interface Committee at the next Planning Meeting! The CIC is planning a series of events that will focus around the theme of education. We will be exploring the ideas behind learning environments and their relationship to the community. Come share your thoughts about various school models, non-conventional learning facilities, and the role of community learning centers within neighborhoods.

Monday, Sept. 8th, 6 pm

35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 250

Chicago, IL 60601

Please RSVP for this meeting on AIA Chicago events page:

http://www.aiachicago.org/events/learning-environments-from-the-cic-perspective#.U_t_lfldVgk

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Architecture for Humanity volunteer opportunity!

AFH is leading a project build in West Humboldt Park for the IIT Boeing High School Scholars Program.

AFH Chicago Ave Plan

Volunteers are needed to help supervise and direct 16 high-achieving high school students for the build. Opportunities are available on the following days, from 12:30-5:00 PM:

• July 17th at the IIT architecture wood shop: volunteers will oversee the sanding, priming and painting of 2×4 bench planks     

• July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th on site (W Chicago Ave): volunteers will supervise bench and planter construction, laying of pavers, planting, etc.

If anyone is interested in getting out into the community, or is trying to collect IDP service hours, it’s a great opportunity to showcase your skills!

Please contact Karin Miller at kmiller@afh-chicago.org or Bryn Namavari at bnamavari@afh-chicago.org by MONDAY, JULY 14. For more information see Architecture for Humanity Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers needed Saturdays 6/14 and 6/21 to help prep for projectChicago!

Volunteers are needed to help with pre-event prep work at the Libby Elementary School Annex for the AEC Cares projectChicago build day! Projects include priming walls, replacing ceiling tile, and relocating on-grade planters in the playground. Opportunities are still available for Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, June 21st from 9am-3pm.

This is a GREAT way to help with the event for those unable to attend the June 25th build day, and to learn more about Metropolitan Family Services and the work that they are doing in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.

The center is located at:
Arthur A. Libby Elementary School Annex
5338 S Loomis Blvd
Chicago, IL 60609

Please contact Tara Godfrey at Tara.Godfrey@reedbusiness.com to register for these days!

For more information about projectChicago, please see http://aeccares.com

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Join us at the next CIC Planning Meeting, June 9th

Come join the Community Interface Committee at the next Planning Meeting!  The CIC is planning a series of events that will focus around the theme of education.  In this theme we will explore the ideas behind learning environments and their relationship to the community. 

 

Monday, June 9th, 6pm

35 E Wacker Dr, Suite 250

Chicago IL 60601

Please RSVP at AIA Chicago events page:  http://www.aiachicago.org/events.asp

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Public Interest Design at AIA Convention

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The theme of the AIA Convention this year is Design With Purpose. What better way to explore this than with sessions related to Public Interest Design? Consider these session options – all of these are included in the price of admission. And…don’t miss the very first session of the Convention about Community Interface Committee of AIA Chicago!

Feel free to let us know about other related sessions, and your thoughts about any of these, in the comments!

Thursday, June 26, 2014
7:00am, TH109 – Community Interface Committee: A Prototype for a New AIA Knowledge Community About Public Interest Design
4:00pm TH310 Make Social Impact a Reality: Tools for a Rewarding and Resilient Pro Bono Program

Friday, June 27, 2014
7:00am FR101 From Baby Boomers to Gen Y: An Examination of Housing for Multi-Generational Families
2:00pm FR201 Design, Community Development, and Improving the Life Chances of Low-income People
2:00pm FR209 Women in Architecture Changing Communities
4:00pm FR311 State of the Practice: Comparative Community-based Assistance Programs
6:00pm FR401 Thinking Beyond the Building: Aging-in-Place and Lifelong Communities

Saturday, June 28, 2014
8:30am SA208 Committed to Community

 

 

 

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AEC Cares projectChicago

AECCares_SaveTheDate_1-1On June 25, the day before the AIA National Convention here in Chicago, AEC Cares is bringing together volunteers from the ArchitectureEngineeringConstruction community for a one-day “blitz build” event: projectChicago.

This year, the day-long event will be helping Metropolitan Family Services in the fight to change the lives of underprivileged infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Working with Reed Construction Data, the AIA and Hanley Wood, volunteers will renovate a tired, worn, 30-year-old former public school building and turn the facility into a bright, cheerful, fun place for the children to learn and play.

For more information and to register, go to http://aeccares.com. Spots are limited so sign up now!

For those who cannot participate on the build day but still want to be involved, volunteers are needed to help with demolition and prep for the new work. Opportunities are available for Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, June 21st. Please contact Tara Godfrey at Tara.Godfrey@reedbusiness.com to register for these days!

 

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Jurors needed for CAF’s DiscoverDesign.org Competition!

DiscoverDesign is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s award winning digital learning tool that connects teens, teachers, and architects across the country for project-based learning. Now in its third year, the competition draws entries from 40+ high schools.

Jurors are needed to help evaluate the anticipated 220+ entries. Jurors work solely online and independently to evaluate and comment on 5 – 6 assigned student projects, anytime between the window of May 9 and May 20.

For more details about the competition and the jury process, as well as Jury Registration, please see http://discoverdesign.org/jury

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