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Final Blog Post - Summer 2017 CityLab

Final Blog Post – Summer 2017 CityLab

August 3rd, 2017! :o) :^D For the past three days of our last week, we’ve been doing a ton of preparation for the final concept that we’ve presented on Wednesday. Moreover, we’ve intensively practiced our presentation during Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, running over the parts we struggled with and...
Part of the final design

Part of the final design

Today I came in and continued working on sketch up i picked up on my second house it really wasn’t much to do but add color and the gate around the house and with my third and fourth house they was similar to the first house i did so instead...
Wednesday!

Wednesday!

Today is Wednesday, July 26th! The weather was beautiful out this morning. While some stayed inside to work on their projects, four of us went to Stanley’s and Jewel’s to pick out and buy fresh vegetables from the grocery list, so we could prepare our second to last Smartluck of...
Tuesday! Spreading Ideas.

Tuesday! Spreading Ideas.

Today is Tuesday, the 25th of July! First, we had to prepare a group presentation, which was updated to display everything each of us had been working on recently. For example, I worked with Ricardo on finishing the updated design of the community space on Revit, Nia worked on concept...
Wednesday Workday

Wednesday Workday

As the case for most Wednesdays, our group made lunch. Today, we were eating barbecued mushrooms, chicken, watermelon salad, and homemade salad. We made almost everything from scratch, the chicken, the barbecue sauce, and even the salad dressing! The most interesting dish for me was the watermelon salad. It is...
Thursday July 17th

Thursday July 17th

Thursday July 13th

Thursday July 13th

Back at Deborah's Place

Back at Deborah’s Place

This morning was, to my surprise, rather calm. I took my time at getting ready and I still made it to the office early, so I got myself some hot chocolate. After I arrived, we got to choose pictures for a blog post. We then went to Deborah’s Place to...
Wednesday July 5th

Wednesday July 5th

Tuesday July 11th

Tuesday July 11th

Wednesday July 12th

Wednesday July 12th

Thursday July 6th

Thursday July 6th

Jazz Ninjas

Jazz Ninjas

Today we went downtown and walked around. The first thing we did was go to millennium park and we saw a of jazz band there and looked around for anything we wanted to draw, things like buildings, trees,cars, ect. I had drew a picture of a diamond shaped building and...
Thursday June 29th

Thursday June 29th

 
Wednesday June 28

Wednesday June 28

  
Smartluck #1

Smartluck #1

Today was rather interesting, to say the least. I was slightly late because of my early-morning doctor’s appointment, and getting over here was a struggle. See, by my house there are an abundance of active construction sites, all in different stages of completion; so, I had to modify my daily...
Tuesday June 27

Tuesday June 27

 
Monday June 26

Monday June 26

First Day @ LBBA Labs 2017

First Day @ LBBA Labs 2017

Monday. June 26th, 2017. First day ever! Our first day was spent doing intros, a scavenger hunt, office tour, entry survey, ~lunch~, and a super rad group design activity. During the design activity, we were given a mentor (my group’s was Miguel) and a goal, which was to design any...
Mastering Public Speaking

Mastering Public Speaking

It is amazing how fast time can fly. I honestly can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks already. I feel that these last 3 weeks went by so fast; all this work that was getting done really kept us busy. The first day I was actually thinking I was going to...
That's All Folks

That’s All Folks

So these 6 weeks taught me a lot of things, but one thing I will never forget is how much I hate having an office job. I never want to do that as a career. One thing that brought me through these six weeks is the fact that we would...
To Sum It All Up

To Sum It All Up

What is cityLab? cityLab is a summer workshop that incorporates neighborhood history data collection and personal stories from the South Chicago community. However to me Citylab was home for me this summer.  At citylab these 6 weeks I have met so many people, have been acquainted with so many old...
It's Only The Beginning

It’s Only The Beginning

Today is the last day of Citylab and I can honestly say that this has been one of the hardest tasks that I have faced. When I first started, I never expected to build so many relationships, learn skills for college, find out so much information about Chicago, and even...
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Final Presentation Day!

Final Presentation Day!

I woke up excited and ready to take on the day this morning. I got dressed and psyched myself up for the presentation today. I got to the office and started to practice our presentation. Once we were ready to move on, we started to clear out the conference room and prepare for lunch. After...
Finalizing Designs

Finalizing Designs

Today, we began finalizing our plans for the Calhoun gym and auditorium. Our group held a short meeting to decide on the design of the spaces in the school building. We had decided on having a recreational area, a public kitchen setup, and a relaxed library area for studying. In addition to this, our design...
Conceptually Drawing out my Day

Conceptually Drawing out my Day

This morning, I woke up to clouds and a strong wind off of the lake. I left my house an hour later, determined to not let the dreary weather dictate my mood. Before I got to the office, I stood on the bridge on Ogden and watched the traffic creep slowly below. When I got...
Drawing up our floor plans!

Drawing up our floor plans!

Today was a very informational and interesting day! We started our day by gathering all of our data and putting it in pie graphs and bar graphs, and listing the information we had learned from our various interviews in a presentable way. This kept us busy all morning since we had collected a huge amount...

Neighborhood Survey Infographic

One on One Interviews at Deborah's Place

One on One Interviews at Deborah’s Place

Is there job training in your community? Very little job training available in the community, she says. If there is, it’s not publicized very well. Do your recycle or compost at home? There’s no recycling going on. Deborah’s Place says that they do, but it’s not enforced, per se. How would you feel about a...
Running towards Interviews and Away from the Heat

Running towards Interviews and Away from the Heat

Today was an extremely exciting and interactive day. We started our day by preparing a survey we would use to interview the teens in an After School Matters program. Then, we got to my favorite part of my day, which was actually interviewing them! I personally really like talking to other people and seeing what...
Surveying the Marillac Food Pantry

Surveying the Marillac Food Pantry

Today, we went to the Marillac food pantry to survey the volunteers and visitors at the food pantry. Volunteers were interested in our work for the LBBA program, especially since they would see the efforts across the street at Calhoun. One lady spoke with Ricardo about How she had children and grandchildren that went to...
Smartluck #2

Smartluck #2

Today we came in and went to the store and got some vegetables. We came back to the office and we cut the vegetables and made the food. We did that for about 3 hours. While the food was cooking. other interns were helping set up the room for the presentation. By that I mean...
Interviews at Marillac and Calhoun

Interviews at Marillac and Calhoun

7/11/2017. Today, we split the day into three different tasks. In the morning, we worked on our portfolios using Adobe In Design or Illustrator. The renderings we worked on yesterday would be the main focus of our portfolio page. After that, we all went out for lunch for an hour. When we came back, we...
Rainy Day Rendering

Rainy Day Rendering

Today was a rather interesting day. I woke up to my alarm, and I was confused when I woke up to rain instead of my usual sunny blue sky. Unamused, I pulled myself out of bed to get ready and leave the house. Upon leaving, a strong gust of wind came and blew out my...
First Site Visit!!!

First Site Visit!!!

Today was an extremely eventful and fun day. We started our day by visiting the lovely ladies over at Deborah’s Place. We were first given more information about what Deborah’s Place stood for and what their goal was for the building and the community. Afterwards, we were given a quick tour of the building in...