All smiles on the last day!

All smiles on the last day!

Today is the final day!  The end of this 6-week program! It is a bittersweet moment because soon i will be going to college to study architecture, and while i am overjoyed with that, it is sad to say goodbye to such caring, diverse and social people here at Landon...
LUCHA Resident Interviews: Glenna

LUCHA Resident Interviews: Glenna

Glenna, the receptionist at the HPR LUCHA building, likes the idea of a storage area in the basement for bikers, she thinks it would be a great resource for the bikers at this building. She also shared with me that she would want to ride a bike again but one that...
A final post for a final design

A final post for a final design

As of today, we finished up the last of our tasks here at LBBA as the interns. After the final presentation, and once we were done pitching our designs to the LUCHA residents, we compiled the last of our data into a PDF file for them to access. As a...
LUCHA Resident Interviews: Jimmy

LUCHA Resident Interviews: Jimmy

Jimmy was a LUCHA SRO (Single Room Occupant) in the summer of 2016. He is an experienced cyclist, and feels that biking is a positive impact on the community. Speaking to Jimmy was fun because he had a lot of information for us. When I asked how long he had been...
LUCHA Residents interview: Chistopher

LUCHA Residents interview: Chistopher

Christopher is a 42 year old man who lives at a LUCHA location and likes to ride bikes. He does not have a bike of his own but likes to ride around on a Divvy bike that the city has around town. He feels it is not safe around the neighborhood because of...
Findings

Findings

With this information, one can infer that bicycle storage is an issue. For dense urban areas in Chicago, people living in apartments, condos, or high rises have to carry their bike up however many flights of stairs, or lug them onto an elevator. Therefore, we believe that bike storage could...
Final presentation and info graphs

Final presentation and info graphs

Today marked the first day of our final week. Throughout this program, we have been working on designs for functional and bike friendly spaces in apartment buildings. Now, as we near the very end, we made some finishing touches to our designs, and we are finally going to present them...
Bike in the community!

Bike in the community!

During today’s Lunch and Learn our guests were Steven Lane & Elizabeth Adamczyk, bike activists. Steven represented Critical Mass community bike rides and  Elizabeth represented Women Bike Chicago as well as Silent Rides in Chicago. These community bike groups are empowering more people to become cyclists and take advantage of...
Updating the bike friendly building design

Updating the bike friendly building design

As the progress on our designs for bike friendly housing continues, we revised our layouts for the patio, backyard, and basement storage today. Originally, we had canopies over the bike racks on the patio, but then, after some suggestions and thorough analyzing, we decided to edit our designs by scrapping...
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Field Trip

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Field Trip

My second day on the job was full of new experiences for me. Towards the end of the day the group was invited on a field trip to Intuit to explore the arts. Once we arrived we were given time to look around and take in all the outsider art...
Surveying the public!

Surveying the public!

Today we had to stand in the sun, and a bit of shared shade, to interview people and gather information about peoples bike uses and habits. We would ask them about their habits on owning a bike and how they use it. We were joined by the other interns that...
Difference In Ideas

Difference In Ideas

At the lucha buildings where we will be working, we interviewed a large array of people and found they all had different opinions on people living there and wanted different things for the building. Finding that people do not always share the same opinion even though they share the living...
Track Cycling

Track Cycling

Velodromes Sound like a thing out of a science fiction movie, but in reality they are oval shaped specialized bike tracks, for racing. As a cycling aficionado and as an ex-fixed gear rider, I have some knowledge of a velodrome; I have never ridden in one but always wanted to....
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Wednesday - Week Four

Wednesday – Week Four

Wednesday - Week three

Wednesday – Week three

Bike Storage Ideas

Bike Storage Ideas

Today a representative from the Active Transportation Alliance visited the office to tell us about their work creating safer routes for bikers, pedestrians, and users of public transportation and to talk to us about our ideas for bikeLab. During our discussion we addressed several issues affecting the Chicago biker community, and we proposed viable solutions...
Cyclists around the park

Cyclists around the park

The team took advantage of the day and went outside to collect more in person survey’s! We ventured to millennium park to ask people where they store their bikes and to share any bike stories with us. We ran into many cyclists and came across a few experienced cyclists from around the world! One such encounter...
Tuesday - Week Three

Tuesday – Week Three

Monday - Week Three

Monday – Week Three

Making Bikes Accessible

Making Bikes Accessible

Today we went to go visit some of the LUCHA buildings that are struggling with storing their bikes. We visited the apartments to see how we can help them store their bikes by looking around and seeing how they currently put them away. That will help us come up with an easier design for them...
Thursday - Week Two

Thursday – Week Two

Velodromes & bike maintenace.

Velodromes & bike maintenace.

For our second Smartluck this Wednesday, we had the awesome opportunity to have lunch with Micheal Genge, an extreme cyclist who is experienced in architecture. Micheal is currently involved with keeping a velodrome (an arena for track cycling) available for public use, but stated that at this time it is very difficult to find more...
Branding Crash Course

Branding Crash Course

Starting a social media outlet and making a brand, is very hard to do. The first thing we had to do was think of how to make a logo. The logo we make was a combination of the ideas that we had drawn and made by hand. The gear around the bike, which was, at...