PLAT | FORMS: Conversations in Place
October 24, 2014 –January 2, 2015
301 East Garfield Blvd, Chicago IL 60637
Designers + Makers: Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 6–8 pm
Igniting Conversation: Wed, Nov 19, 4–6 pm
PLAT | FORMS is a conversation-focused exhibition invested in new thinking around design, community development, and artistic agency in cities. The exhibition is an introduction to Place Lab, a strategy-based component of the Arts + Public Life initiative that works with artists, designers, and organizations in the cities of Akron, Chicago, Detroit, and Gary. Place Lab structures innovative opportunities for cultural growth, economic vitality, and space reinterpretation for cities, organizations, and artists.
AIA is partnering with UIC and Chicago Public Schools for a youth and architecture event at the UIC School of Architecture!
5-10 female volunteers are needed to help guide the students (5th – 6th grade girls) in re-imagining where they live, using the typical Chicago lot size to design their house. See the attached flyer (link below) for more information!
UIC School of Architecture
October 28, 2014
10 AM – 12 PM
Contact Allison Garwood Freedland if you are interested in volunteering:
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:
View of second floor corridor at top of stairs – before:
View of second floor corridor at top of stairs - after:
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:
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:
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:
AFH is leading a project build in West Humboldt Park for the IIT Boeing High School Scholars Program.
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 email@example.com or Bryn Namavari at firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY, JULY 14. For more information see Architecture for Humanity Chicago
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
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
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