cityLab is a summer workshop that studies neighborhood history, data collection and personal stories of South Chicago
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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 go on coffee runs and...
Totally Worth It

Totally Worth It

Today was the final presentation for the office and I can honestly say that I feel proud for how it went. Tomorrow is the presentation for Claretians Associates as well as the community members, I really hope they like our ideas and really support us. I think that everything we have done leading up to...
Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Having today as the last day to finish up the project is a bit stressful. You never know how much time you actually have left until the last couple of days. I’m pretty sure everyone can relate when I say that it is impressive how much work can get done with some determination and a...
SWOTing our Problems

SWOTing our Problems

This is officially our fourth week working with cityLab and things are moving quickly. After all the research that we have already looked up, it is amazing how much we still need to get done. After focusing on three topics last week, amenities, vacant lots and awareness, we have decided to look deeply into those...
Rosie

Rosie

Having picked out what topics we were going to focus on, we decided to go out to the community and ask about these topics. CityLab decided that vacant lots, amenities and communications and awareness were the 3 topics that we could really gather a lot of information about. The topics were decided based on our...
New View

New View

      The industrial life and the artistic life are polar opposites and it is pretty hard to understand how these two ideas can collide. This is the kind of collision that many people want to implement in South Chicago. Every week during the SmartLuck lunches, we have to present to the office to...
People Are Weird

People Are Weird

  People can be very strange, especially when they do things subconsciously. In a video we watched today, “Social Life of Small Urban Spaces”, the researcher wanted to figure out what created a successful urban space. Through this observational research, patterns of people who tend to do things without noticing became evident. One of the...
Not on Coffee Runs

Not on Coffee Runs

So today was a very exciting day for me. It was my first day working as an intern at Landon Bone Baker Architects. Right off the top of your head, when you hear intern you think of those people that just go on coffee runs and make copies for the people in the office. To...