...i could have made it to this:

Tonight at APA: Involving Kids in Planning

Madison Street Corridor Revitalization
Involving high school students in planning for their neighborhoods brings new perspectives to the table and opens students' eyes to new possibilities in their communities. Tonight at APA, Doug Hammel, AICP, and Joseph Kearney will talk about Leading Community Change, a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools , Bethel New Life, and the Chaddick Institute of Metropolitan Development at DePaul University that has involved high school students in a plan to revitalize West Madison Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. CM | 1.0

Doug Hammel, AICP, is an associate with Camiros Ltd., a Chicago-based planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm. He has managed the development of several plans that focus on neighborhood revitalization, downtown planning, corridor redevelopment, design and development controls, and community involvement.

Joseph Kearney is program manager for the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University , where he works to support ongoing initiatives related to planning and land use.

I also wish I would have heard about it through work since I work at CPS and it involved CPS students?!? AND I work to provide students with design based education!?! You would think there would be better communication between units etc. but alas...i think I will contact these folks on my own to find out more info. Sounds awesome and literally right up the street from where I live. kudos!

Design for the Contraband and Freedmens Cemetery Memorial

Contraband was a term used during the American Civil War referring to a black slave who escaped to or was brought within the Union lines whil Freedmen was a term used referring to an individual who had been freed from slavery.

For the next month and a half we're going to be working on submitting something for this:

The Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial Design Competition seeks design
submissions from architects, landscape architects, artists, students, and other interested individuals to memorialize and honor those who are buried at Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia. The site was established in 1864 as a burial ground for African Americans who fled slavery, seeking a safe haven.

More than 1,800 people were buried there over the five years that the federal government managed the cemetery. After 1869 the cemetery may have been used unofficially by families as a burial ground but was likely not maintained formally. Over the years, the site has been compromised and hundreds of graves lost from a number of actions: the removal of soil from the cemetery for brickmaking; the adjacent development of two major highways; and the construction of a gas station and office building on the sacred site. Most people were unaware that a burial
ground survived under the pavement on the commercial property until historical research began to reveal the presence of the cemetery in 1987. Community interest and archaeological investigations over the last ten years have resulted in an appreciation for the cemetery, the largest historic African American burial
site in the city, and its long forgotten story. While other physical sites that recalled the once-considerable African American presencein Alexandria have been lost, the City of Alexandria acquired the property in 2007 in order to remove the buildings, reclaim the cemetery, and create a memorial.

perhaps i'll be brave enough to post whatever we come up with =).


one more time

i officially am in love with LBBA...spent the day with my teachers today half of which was visiting their office...that is all.