November 1, 2017
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AIAIL Mies van der Rohe Honors for DeKalb Public Library Design
AIA Illinois' Mies van der Rohe Design Honor Award for Innovation was presented to DeKalb’s Haish Memorial Library, on October 18. The Nagle Hartray Architecture design for the expansion and renovation of the DeKalb Public Library addresses challenges to the relevance of public library design, by bridging past and future. The American Institute of Architect’s principles for livable community promoting human-scale dimensions, preservation of the urban core, vibrant public spaces and neighborhood identity were highlights of the effort.
Tripling the size of the building without compromising the integrity of the original structure was the primary challenge for Don McKay, AIA, Design Principal, of Nagle Hartray Architecture. A variety of site and architectural design choices that allowed for horizontal expansion so that the height of the addition matches the original structure, achieved the goal.  An innovative strategy was fundamental to keeping the Haish Library as the community’s public library.
The project restored the lost beauty of the original building, while allowing for uncluttering and re-appreciating of its spaces, revitalizing original library finishes and adding new lighting to renew the original building’s grand interiors.
AIAIL Daniel Burnham and Crombie Taylor Honor Awards Presented
The Daniel Burnham Honor Award was presented to the Woodlawn Park neighborhood, where Landon Bone Baker Architects created a community-initiated plan that features new mixed-income, mixed use development transforming Chicago’s Cottage Grove corridor between East 60th and 63rd Streets into a gateway of opportunity and a hub of neighborhood identity and stability.  The presentation was held on October 27th at the Woodlawn Resource Center, 6134 Cottage Grove Avenue.

Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes with transit-oriented goals, low carbon footprints, and other environmentally sensitive building contributions emphasize Woodlawn Park’s commitment to sustainability. The recently completed residential developments are certified at the Platinum level in the LEED for Homes program.
Also on October 27th, AIA Illinois honored the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, where Landon Bone Baker Architects designed a community hub that brings cultural programming to Chicago’s south side, with unique spaces for artists-in-residence in public housing.  

The project r eactivates underutilized and abandoned buildings in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood as part of an ambitious movement of community restoration, preservation, and rejuvenation. Featuring a rehabilitated block of 32 of the original 36 two- and three-bedroom former Chicago Housing Authority townhouse units, it now provides refreshed mixed-income housing and community art resources. Read more...
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Peoria "Stormwater Farm" Demonstrates Power of Connecting Design Thinking and Public Health Outcomes
On Oct. 26, the city of Peoria broke ground on a pilot project transforming vacant land on the city’s south side into a “stormwater farm” that will help manage  chronic sewer overflows  impacting low-income neighborhoods while simultaneously significantly enhancing community health and vibrancy.
The effort is the culmination of more than a year of engagement and dialogue-building across a broad and diverse set of stakeholders that was supported by a group of students and faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture and other programs, working with the city of Peoria’s   Innovation Team (I TEAM)

Representing a cross-section of disciplines, students worked closely with the city to meet with groups of community members and diverse stakeholders to think through solutions to Peoria’s stormwater infrastructure issues starting from the question, “How do we use design solutions to improve public health?” Students then took what they heard and  designed concepts  for different ways to solve the challenges, which went through further community input and refinement. The outcome was a set of solutions that were derived from the community and built around consensus on priorities — in the case of the south side stormwater farm, this meant creating a project that went beyond solving sewer overflows to include features like urban agriculture and job training programs.

The Peoria project is an example of a growing national movement to connect design solutions to public health outcomes. UIUC is a member of the  Design and Health Research Consortium , a collaboration of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) to advance university-led research in the area of design and health. The connection between the city and the university, facilitated by UIUC’s Cooperative Extension office in Peoria, also demonstrates the benefits for both students and community members when they engage in complex issues together. 

The “Healthy Peoria”  project web site  provides details on specific U of I projects in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design. 
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The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to 'berms with benefits' in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard

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Get Involved Before Disaster Strikes
In the aftermath of a disaster, the nation-wide Safety Assessment Program (SAP) provides mutual aid resources and volunteer services of professional engineers, architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment. The program is managed by Cal OES, with cooperation from professional organizations. Learn more here.
SAP provides two resources: SAP Evaluators, described above, and SAP Coordinators, which are local government representatives that coordinate the program. Cal OES issues registration ID cards to all SAP Evaluators that have successfully completed the program requirements. Training for this program is now eligible for Homeland Security Grant Program funding. If your SAP Evaluator card has expired or is about to expire, you can continue your registration in the program by taking this refresher training.  
LED Specifier Summit 2017 Chicago
use AIA IL discount code for $100 off

Here is the AIA Illinois Member discount code for $100 off 1- or 2-day conference package for LED SPECIFIER SUMMIT 2017 -  AIAIS17.

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The Illinois Architecture Licensing Board meeting scheduled for November 3, 2017 has been CANCELLED due to lack of Board business.  The next scheduled meeting is set for January 10, 2018 and will convene in the Springfield office.  Read Notice Here.
If you have any questions, please contact IDFPR 217-524-3210 

  • Sign up now for the next session of the Capital Development Board's Project Management Training. Learn what you need to know about bidding, securing and managing state construction projects. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged. For more information, visit the A/E Project Manager Training page or the Contractor Training page.
Landmarks Illinois is a proud presenting partner for this year’s National Trust for Historic Preservation Past Forward Conference in Chicago, November 14-17. Registration is now open! Landmarks Illinois members receive a special discount on conference registration. Learn more about the conference agenda, schedule, and registration here.
In collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation PastForward Conference, Landmarks Illinois' Skyline Council will host its 6th Annual Skyline Social at Revel Motor Row, the restored Chicago landmark that formerly housed The Chicago Defender. Register for Skyline Social
Students Solving Design Challenges
The 2017 BP Student Design Competition invites young Chicagoans to solve a design challenge. Students can choose to create a bus shelter advertisement promoting a Chicago neighborhood, or design a public library that will serve as a vibrant community space. The competition opens September 1 and closes November 17, 2017. Read more here.
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