cityLab is a summer workshop that studies neighborhood history, data collection and personal stories of South Chicago
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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Design: Physical and Digital

Design: Physical and Digital

Model making was an interesting albeit long process. Ricardo explained the basics of building models, with the wood, saws, and tacky glue. He also provided a couple examples to the group explaining how to assemble models. Stability was a key focus, especially in the design of buildings or utilities that would have regular use. I...
Great Advice and Great Pizza

Great Advice and Great Pizza

Today was a very insightful day that consisted of a lot of different activities including drawing and using SketchUp. My favorite part of the day was, however, when we all got to sit down with the founders of Landon Bone Baker and learn about the firm, their careers, and the different projects that they did...
Wednesday - Week Six

Wednesday – Week Six

How Far Will These 6 Weeks Take Us?

How Far Will These 6 Weeks Take Us?

Today, we presented again for Angela and other organizations and we did so much better. I felt like they really appreciated us because they repeatedly expressed their gratitude; I was amazed because I didn’t really realize how much work we did. But I didn’t forget how hard the research and proposal designs were. The most...
Tuesday - Week Six

Tuesday – Week Six

Came a Long Way

Came a Long Way

Its amazing how the world works, how something can go from nothing to something big in a short amount of time. On my first day, I came in here not knowing what to expect. I thought that we were only going to research South Chicago. While that’s still a big part of what we did...
Wrapping It Up

Wrapping It Up

Today we presented our final presentation. All the things that we learned in the last 5 weeks have been summed up into one big power point. we covered the past of south Chicago, what’s happening currently, and the future of the community. In these last weeks we have found many opportunities in the area. The...
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...
Final SmartLuck

Final SmartLuck

Today was a very important day because we had our final SmartLuck. With all of the research, we were able to use that information to make South Chicago one of the best communities in Chicago with affordable living. When we presented today, I think we did a great job of breaking down the S.W.O.T and...
Last Inning Stretch

Last Inning Stretch

Today was very jam-packed! So tomorrow we have to present the final presentation of the whole six-week program, that’s kind of a big deal. We have to stuff 6 weeks into half an hour. We came in today and Michael already had a list of things for us to do. All day we were writing...
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...
Wednesday - Week Five

Wednesday – Week Five